Peace Studies Announcements

Last updated March 18, 2024


Peace studies primary majors are required to virtually meet with Dr. Louise Cainkar during advising. Peace studies minors are encouraged to connect with Jenna Harb.

Note: A revised curriculum was instated beginning Fall 2020, so if you declared peace studies before Fall 2020 please reference the previous curriculum.

Capstone notice

The peace studies capstone is offered in the spring semester. Seniors who are planning to graduate in December or study abroad in the spring should register for the capstone as a junior.

Please note that the capstone is an internship course. Students will be placed with nonprofits and other organizations in the area. If you already have an internship planned or would like to discuss site possibilities before enrolling, please contact Laurie Marks.

Course waivers

Courses are occasionally offered that fit the themes and requirements of peace studies despite not being formally included in the official peace studies curriculum. The courses listed below will be accepted as waived electives.

Important: It is the student's responsibility to meet with Dr. Cainkar to complete and submit the course waiver form.

Courses not listed below may still be waived in if there is sufficient peace studies content. Students pursuing this option should schedule a meeting and share the course syllabus with Dr. Cainkar.

Fall 2022 courses

  • CRLS 4930: Restorative Justice
  • SOWJ 4930: Foundations of Trauma Informed Care

Spring 2022 courses

  • CRLS 3170: Invisible Sentence: Policy & Practice for Children Who are Impacted by Parental Incarceration
  • CRLS 4930: Special Topics in Criminology: Transformative Justice
  • CRLS 3540: Surveillance, Law, and Society
  • ENGL 3261: Poetry Writing For Change
  • ENGL 4223: The Rhetoric of Black Protest
  • EDPL 6931: Psychology of Human Development of Children & Adolescents in Diverse Society 
  • HOPR 2956H: Honors Engaging Social Systems and Values 1: Engaging Mass Incarceration: Justice, Freedom, and the Arts

Academic Programs

Courses you take while completing a domestic or international academic program may count towards peace studies. Below are some common programs peace studies students have completed in the past.

Sibanye Cape Town Program

Marquette University offers a variety of opportunities to study abroad in South Africa through the Sibanye Cape Town program. Below is a list of known course equivalents that have counted towards peace studies in the past.

  • SOWJ 3400: Advocacy and Social Change Theory and Practice equivalent to DVST 701: Leaders in Grassroots Organizations (Note: This is a required course for the South Africa program).
  • THEO 3420: Bridging the Racial Divide equivalent to TST 179: Bridging the Racial Divide (Note: This is a required course for the South Africa program).
  • ECON 4016: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics equivalent to ESS 212: Environment and Sustain Studies
  • ECON 4047: Development Economics equivalent to DVST 723: Urban and Regional Development
  • ENGL 4830: Africana Literatures equivalent to ENG 724: African Literature, Orature & Visual Cultures, ENG 723: SA Literature, Orature & Visual Cultures, and ENG 717: The Art of Writing B
  • ENGL 4840: Postcolonial Literatures equivalent to ENG 321: Post-Modern/Post-Colonial Literature
  • ENGL 4850: Global Literatures equivalent to ENG 737: Literature and Cinematic Representation of Poverty and ENG 211: Introduction to Contemporary African Literature
  • PHIL 3710: Political Philosophy equivalent to PHI 312: Metaethics
  • PHIL 3780: Africana Philosophy equivalent to PHI 222 African Philosophy
  • PHIL 3750: Philosophy of Law equivalent to JUR 311 Jurisprudence
  • POSC 4193: Environmental Politics and Policy equivalent to ESS 212: Environment and Sustain Studies
  • POSC4611: International Organizations equivalent to POL 322: International Institutions
  • POSC 4621: Politics of the World Economy equivalent to POL 709: International Political Economy
  • POSC 4631: World Conflict and Security equivalent to POL 731: Security Studies
  • PSYC 3210: The Psychology of Prejudice equivalent to PSY 322: Psychology of Social Identity and Oppression

Les Aspin Center - Washington, D.C. Program

After completing the Les Aspin Center - Washington, D.C. Program, Peace Studies students are welcome to share the syllabi of their Les Aspin courses with Dr. Louise Cainkar for her to determine one course to waive in as an equivalent to a current peace studies elective. Students who have already had another course waived in will not be eligible.