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Global Peace Studies

College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid

Global Peace Studies Program
LIB 304B
Co-Director: Anatole Anton, Philosophy
Co-Director: Jo Ann Aviel, International Relations


Professors--Anton, Doell, Issel, Kemnitzer, Lunine, Medcalf, Ratoosh, Shapiro, Syfers, Wilder

Associate Professors--Aviel, Caulfield, Ovrebo, Trautman

Assistant Professor--Johnson


Minor in Global Peace Studies

Program Scope

Global Peace Studies provides the opportunity to study the causes of domestic violence, social strife, and war; to learn about undoing the causes of violence through the non-violent resolution of conflict by means of the United Nations and other organizations, and at all levels of human interaction; to learn skills useful in many occupations.

We live in a dangerous world, fraught with the specter of nuclear and ecological devastation and threatened by the inability of governmental and financial powers to create solutions to the age-old conflicts of peoples and nations.

Global Peace Studies is expanding its program to face the challenges in this post-Cold War period. It is an all-university, interdisciplinary minor that offers students and faculty members at San Francisco State University a unique opportunity to study and explore in depth the problems, issues, challenges, and opportunities associated with the aspiration to prevent war and to make this a just and peaceful world.

Career Outlook

The Minor in Global Peace Studies provides problem-solving skills relevant to students whatever their major course of study. These are the skills for analyzing and redressing the underlying causal roots of violence, including poverty in the midst of plenty, racism, sexism, imperialism, fear, and environmental degradation. These are the skills that empower people to work more effectively to protect human rights and create systems of social justice. Without jobs and justice there can be no peace.


The Global Peace Studies Program works cooperatively with the following institutions in developing internships, sponsoring programs, and conferences; and engaging in other educational projects in pursuit of peace and justice.

The Center for the Covenant, College of Humanites, SFSU

The center was formed to promote awareness, understanding, and use of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which became international law in 1976 and was ratified by the U.S. in 1992.

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, Berkeley, California

Since 1965 the institute has been providing information on law and history to scholars, activists, and the media; and working for jobs, justice, and peace.

SFSU Urban Institute

The purpose of the center is to develop strategies and practical programs to address critical economic, social, and educational problems in San Francisco and the Bay Area.


Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).


GPS/IR 315	Introduction to Global PeaceStudies				3
NEXA 340	The Nuclear Revolution						3

One course in conflict resolution selected from:				3-4
IR 432		Model United Nations (4)
PSY 547		Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution
SPCH 531	Conflict Resolution

One course in international law and organizations:				3-4
GPS/PHIL 375	Peace, Law, and Human Rights
IR 334		International Organizations and World Order (4)

One course in the philosophies of peace and non-violence:			3
HUM 366		India's Gandhi
PHIL 435	Human Rights in Global Perspective
PHIL 502	World Religions


Units chosen on advisement from the following					7
ANTH 321	Endangered Cultures
GPS/PHIL 375	Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S. 40
HED/URBS 582	Homelessness and Public Policy
HIST 428	History of the United States since 1945
HUM 366		India's Gandhi40
IR 330		World Law (4)
IR 334		International Organizations and World Order (4)1
IR 432		Model United Nations (4) 40
PHIL 435	Human Rights in Global Perspective40
PSY 547	Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution40
SPCH 442	Vietnam: Rhetoric and Realities (4)
WOMS 511	Women and Violence
WOMS 531	Women and International Development
GPS 699		Individual Study (1-3 units)

The following electives are available for 
field study or internship, on advisement: 
CHS 695, IR 640 (1-5), PHIL 680 (1-3),
WOMS 698 (1-3)

Program total									22-24

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