Jul 22, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

War and Peace Studies Certificate Program

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Certificate code CTWARU

Center for International Studies  
Ohio University
Yamada International House 213
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1840
Fax: 740.593.1837

Catherine Cutcher, certificate director/contact person

Program Overview

The War and Peace Studies certificate is open to students from any major.  The purpose of the War and Peace Studies certificate is to allow students to explore the field of security studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. There has been a recent and dramatic spike in the demand for graduates in security studies. The creation of the Department of Homeland Security, new emphases on improved intelligence analysis and risk assessments, border control, immigration, heightened proliferation threats around the globe, increased attention and hiring in the areas of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, as well as reconstruction and development culminate in demand for students well trained in war and peace studies. The job market is competitive and every career demands a substantive understanding of global dynamics today. In our program, we introduce our students to the fields of peace and security studies through one-on-one advising and interdisciplinary coursework.  The students also participate in the myriad events and workshops related to dynamics of conflict and cooperation, network with experts and activists, work closely with our faculty and present their research in national conferences. 

War and Peace students are exceptional, winning nationally competitive awards every year. Faculty involved with the program - from the Departments of Anthropology, English, History, Sociology, Philosophy, and Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Schools of Journalism and Communication Studies in the Scripps College of Communication - are top-rated scholars and teachers, many of whom have won campus-wide teaching awards and have published scholarly works with top presses and in major journals.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

War and Peace Studies certificate students are well-equipped for careers with non-governmental and governmental organizations, multinational corporations, and think tanks, as well as to pursue graduate degrees in related fields. War and Peace Studies graduates have earned competitive internships and careers at the U.S. Department of State (in both Washington, D.C. and at U.S. embassies abroad), congressional offices, U.S. Military, the Peace Corps, and non-governmental organizations like Amnesty International and The Carter Center.  Alumni have also pursued graduate studies at prestigious institutions such as the London School of Economics and the Institut d’études Politiques de Paris.  


Certificate Hours Requirement

The war and peace certificate program requires a minimum of 18 hours and maintaining a 2.5 or higher GPA in certificate courses.


Complete 12 hours from two disciplines from the following courses:

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