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Political Science Programs

Take your fascination with systems of power to the next level.

In addition to helping you become a better-informed citizen, the skills you’ll learn through our programs are essential to many different careers—and will open more doors than you can imagine. 

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Peace and Conflict Studies Certificate

With this certificate, you’ll explore the sources, causes, and consequences of conflict, as well as the frontiers of nonviolent alternatives to conflict using a broad set of empirical and normative approaches. The goal of this certificate is to foster your insight into the origins of human conflict, cooperation, and peaceful conflict resolution from the interpersonal to the global level.

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Program Highlights

  • A better understanding of personal ethics
  • The development of analytical, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Support from the Mastodon community
  • A prestigious Purdue education



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For more information about all the scholarships available at Purdue Fort Wayne—including opportunities for specific programs—you can visit the Office of Financial Aid or contact us at [email protected].

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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Discuss sources of conflict as rooted in human interests and institutions, competition for power and resources, inequality, injustice, and the environment
  • Depict the dynamics of conflict at various social levels, including the interpersonal, group, institutional, community, societal, and global levels
  • Describe violent techniques of conflict resolution, such as war, terrorism, and oppression
  • Explain varying perspectives on peace and different paths to achieving it
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social justice and nonviolent conflict resolution
  • Articulate how social change occurs