Guilford College Peace and Conflict Studies Department


North Carolina,
United States


Peace and Conflict Studies examines the nature of conflict and violence, the possibilities of social change and the means for resolving conflict nonviolently. The major draws on Guilford’s Quaker heritage by seeking the roots of injustice and oppression, while exploring nonviolent social change. Students investigate central concepts in peace research and learn to analyze the interrelation between personal, local and global levels of conflict. Through practical problem solving, they examine the holistic relationship between personal and social change and evaluate structured modes of conflict resolution as well as creative nonviolent activism.

Throughout their inquiries, students build skills that help them solve problems of violence and conflict, listen carefully and caringly to others during conflict, and contribute to organizing groups and actions concerned with social change, conflict resolution, and transformation.

Mission Statement: Guilford’s mission is to provide a transformative, practical, and excellent liberal arts education that produces critical thinkers in an inclusive, diverse environment, guided by Quaker testimonies of community, equality, integrity, peace and simplicity and emphasizing the creative problem-solving skills, experience, enthusiasm and international perspectives necessary to promote positive change in the world.


Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. Brienne, one of our board members, was a student at Guilford College and studied Peace and Conflict Studies. She felt that by helping this department, it could lead to motivating others to study this field and could promote peace in an increasingly violent world.



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