Peace and Conflict Studies

The peace and conflict studies minor offers students the opportunity to pursue peacemaking and conflict transformation in coordination with an academic major. 

The PCS minor fits well with a semester-long cross-cultural experience in Washington, D.C.  Students take three required PCS classes in addition to one semester off-campus to complete the PCS minor. This program offers students the opportunity to study peace related topics and gain valuable hands-on experience through an internship.

Bluffton University is member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA).

Blake Hershberger

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During the summer of 2016, Blake Hershberger ’18, an international peace, justice and conflict studies major, immersed himself in the Guatemalan culture. Hershberger lived in Guatemala City for one month with the aid of a $1,500 Summer Discovery Grant.

“One of the things I really want to do is not only learn about multiple cultures but also go to as many countries and as many cultures in those countries as I can." >>>Blake's story

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PEACE Club meets weekly to plan events, discuss current events, pray for the healing of our world and encourage each other on our journeys. Whether student or community member, we'd love to have you join us!



The C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest is hosted each spring by the communications department and the peace & conflict studies program. The winner receives $175 and advances to bi-national competition.

Satterwhite award

Leah Roeschley

The annual Jim Satterwhite Award in Peace Scholarship and Activism, is presented annually to a student with a demonstrated commitment to peace scholarship.