Welcome to the Peace Studies Program at the
University of North Texas

The Peace Studies Program is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the questions of why violence occurs and how conflict may be resolved or settled under nonviolent structural mechanisms. Key components of the Peace Studies Program concentrate on the issues of justice and the determinants of violence that often occur as a result of conflict related to economic and social inequality. The program additionally focuses on the understanding of human processes that may lead to a more desirable human condition.

Some course work students may take include studies on: terrorism, genocide, government sponsored killings, third-world politics, religious inequality, current controversial global topics, negotiation and dispute resolution, poverty, racial discrimination, international law, and world population trends; just to name a few.

Established in 2000, the Peace Studies Program at the University Of North Texas is the only program of its kind in the southern and southwestern United States that offers a certificate program, a minor, and the equivalent of a major in Peace Studies under the International Studies degree program. This is also the only Peace Studies Program in the region to have an endowed professorshipthe Johnie Christian Family Peace Professorship that provides guidance and administration for this rapidly growing program. Additionally, the Johnie Christian Family Professorship of Peace Studies also provides funding for peace studies, as well as funds for student internships.

NEWS: List of approved PEACE STUDIES COURSES by semester:

Fall 2014

Summer 2014


FALL 2013
Spring 2013

Master list of courses, 2002-2011




For more information contact: Dr. David Mason, Johnie Christian Family Peace Professor
Address: Department of Political Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203
Phone: 940-565-2386
Email: masontd@unt.edu