Cody Donahue


"Since graduating from OSU in 2005, I have consistently made use of the skills and knowledge I developed by participating in the OSU Peace Studies Program to advance my work in the field of international sustainable development. From my roles at NGOs in Africa to my current work with UNICEF headquarters in New York, I have relied on peace studies competencies such as critical analysis of development and social issues from a holistic and systems-based perspective."

- Cody Donahue, OSU Graduate 2005
Peace Studies Certificate




The Peace Studies Program is principally an undergraduate, upper division certificate program, although graduate students may earn a Peace Studies certificate. To earn a certificate, students must already be admitted to a school or college of Oregon State University, and have satisfied, or be in the process of satisfying, the following:

1. General Oregon State University requirements.
2. Specific school or college requirements.
3. Department major requirements.

To earn a Peace Studies Certificate, students must complete a minimum of 30 hours consisting of:

A. 12 hours minimum of core courses, and
B. 18 hours minimum of elective courses.



Core and elective courses may be taken in any order or sequence. Courses fulfilling a student's major requirements will not apply toward the Peace Studies Certificate requirements. Core Requirements consist of 12 hours minimum. Students must take:

PAX 201: Study of Peace (3)* - required course.
And 3 of the following Core Electives (9 credits):

ANTH 380: Cultures in Conflict (3)
COMM 440 Theories of Conflict(3)
HST 317: Why War: A Historical Perspective (4)
PHL 344: Pacifism, Just War and Terrorism (4)
PS 205: Introduction to International Relations (4)

(Substitute core courses must be approved by the Peace Studies program director)



Elective requirements consist of at least 18 hours from two separate areas of concentration. Elective courses in a student's major will not apply to the Peace Studies Certificate requirements.

The areas of concentration include lower division, upper division, and graduate level courses from a variety of departments. This course listing is tentative, subject to approval from contributing departments and the Peace Studies program committee.

Peace , Research & Practice
PAX 402 Independent Study in Peace Studies (1-6)
PAX 405 Reading and Conference (1-6)
PAX 407 Seminar in Peace Studies (1-6)
PAX 410 Peace Studies Internship (1-6)
PAX 415 Topics in Peace Studies (1-6)
Communication and Peace
COMM 326 Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 368 Propaganda and Social Control (3)
COMM 442 Bargaining and Negotiation Process (3)
COMM 444 Third Party Dispute Resolution: Mediation (3)
COMM 446 Communication in International Conflict and Disputes (3)
COMM 462 Rhetoric of Revolutionaries and Reactionaries (3)
Cultures and Peace
ANTH 420 World Cultures (4)
ANTH 482 Anthropology of International Development (4)
GEO 350   Population Geography (3)
HST 495   China in the 20th Century (3)
PHL 208    Buddhist Traditions (4)
PHL 316    Intellectual Issues of Mexico and Mexican Americans (4)
PHL 371    Philosophies of China (4)
SOC 460   Comparative Societies (4)
Economics and Peace
ANTH 471 Cash, Class and Culture: Hunter- Gathering to Capitalism (4)
ANTH 484 Wealth and Poverty (3)
ECON 440 Economics of Globalization (4)
ECON 455 Economic Development (4)
GEO 426   Third-World Resource Development (3)
Ethics and Peace
PHL 205 Ethics (4)
PHL 342 Contemporary Ethics (4)
PHL 390 Moral Theory (4)
PHL 440 Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 443 World Views and Environmental Values (3)
History and Peace
HST 351 Modern Latin America (3)
HST 382 History of Africa (3)
HST 385 Regional Conflict in Global Context (3)
HST 388 Islamic Civilization (3)
HST 392 East Asia
HST 452 Modern Mexico
HST 465 American Diplomatic History (3)
Inequality and Peace
ES 451   Theories of Race and Ethnicity (3)
HST 368 Lesbian and Gay Movements in Modern America (3)
PHL 280 Ethics of Diversity (4)
PHL 417 Feminist Philosophies (3)
PS 375   The Civil Rights Movement and Policies (4)
WS 270  Violence Against Women (3)
WS 414  Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives (3)
SOC 426 Social Inequality (4)
SOC 437 Race and Ethnic Relations (4)
SOC 466 International Development: Gender Issues (4)
Politics and Peace
PHL 207 Political Philosophy (4)
PS 340 Eastern and Central European Politics (4)
PS 341 Politics of Western Europe and the European Union (4)
PS 343 Russian Politics (4)
PS 344 Latin American Politics (4)
PS 345 The Politics of Developing Nations (4)
PS 348 Chinese Politics: 1976 to Present (4)
PS 451 American Foreign Policy (4)
PS 452 Alternative International Futures (4)
PS 454 International Law and Organizations (4)
For more information, please contact Dr. Joseph Orosco, Acting Director at