Requirements (Revised May 2020, 18 Credit Version):

  • Completion of the certification requires 18 credit hours of study, 12 credit hours in PACS courses and 6 credit hours in outside PACS-related electives. 
  • Up to 6 credit hours may completed through approved transfer credit and/or study abroad.
  • Each of these courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  • To register for the PACS certificate, submit the certificate registration form.
  • PACS Courses descriptions can be found here.
  • Pre-approved outside elective courses can be found here.

  • PACS 2500: Introduction to Peace, Conflict and Security Studies
  • PACS 3700 or PACS 3850
    • (3700) Communication and Conflict Management
    • (3850) International Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • PACS Elective
    • (3540) Migration, Human Rights, and Conflict in the Mediterranean (Global Seminar in Malta)
    • (3700)* Communication and Conflict Management
    • (3800) Security Studies
      • PSCI 3123: War, Peace, and Straegic Defense may be substituted for PACS 3800.
    • (3850)* International Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
    • (3860) Environmental Conflict and Conflict Resolution
    • (3870) Nonviolent Civil Resistance: Cases and Strategies
    • (4900)* Restorative Justice Internship with CURJ
  • PACS 4500 or Approved Internship course
    • (4500) Critical Inquiry in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies
    • (4900)** Restorative Justice Internship with CURJ (details here)
    • (IAFS 4930) Internship in International Affairs

* If not taken as a required PACS course, student may choose to take course for PACS elective credit. For example: PACS 3700 as required and PACS 3850 as an elective.

** Student must take PACS 3700 to be eligible for Restorative Justice Internship.

  • 6 credit hours of relevant course work from outside of PACS
    • ​For example, International Affairs majors can use IAFS 1000 and IAFS 3000 as their electives related to PACS.

* Up to 6 of these credit hours may be completed through approved transfer credit and/or study abroad (approval by PACS Associate Director)
* Courses not listed on the approved course list may be proposed for substitution. Courses must have a plausible connection to topics of peace, conflict, and security, and be approved by the PACS Associate Director.

Previous Requirements (Revised fall 2017 and for students registered prior to May 1, 2020):

  • Completion of the certification requires 21 credit hours (12 upper-division) of study, up to six (6) of these credit hours may completed through approved transfer credit and/or study abroad
  • Each of these courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better
  • To register for the PACS certificate, submit the certificate registration form
  • PACS Courses descriptions can be found here
  • Pre-approved courses can be found here

  • PACS 2500: Introduction to Peace, Conflict and Security Studies
  • PACS 3700 or PACS 3800 or Approved PACS course(s):
    • (3700) Communication and Conflict Management
    • (3800) Security Studies See website for more PACS course offerings
    • (3850) International Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • PACS 4500 or Approved Internship course
    • (4500) Senior Seminar in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies
    • For internship information, contact PACS Associate Director
      • Consider PACS 4900: Independent Study: Internship with CU's Restorative Justice Program (details here)

  • 6 credit hours of relevant course work in student’s major
  • 6 credit hours of relevant course outside student’s major
    • ​Consider additional PACS courses not being counted required as elective credit (3700, 3800, 3850, 3540)

* up to six (6) of these credit hours may be completed through approved transfer credit and/or study abroad (approval by PACS Associate Director)
* In the event a major department does not have 6 hours of relevant courses, the PACS Associate Director will consider substitutions. Courses proposed for substitution must have a plausible connection to topics of peace, conflict, and security.

  • Professional Internships involving a reasonable connection to peace and conflict studies may be proposed for consideration as satisfying the Certificate's "in-major" course requirements. Internships must be authorized for course credit by a student's major department. Typically, only one-semester internships will be considered, and related course credit will not exceed 3 hours. To see a current list of opportunities, visit our Internships page. Also, be sure to consider PACS 4900: Independent Study: Internship with CU's Restorative Justice Program.
  • Study Abroad Programs involving a reasonable connection to peace and conflict studies may be proposed for consideration as satisfying the Certificate's "outside-the-major" course requirements. Programs must be authorized by CU for “in-residence” course credit (i.e., not transfer credit). Typically, only programs running up to one semester will be considered, and related course credit will not exceed 3 hours. Here is a pdf of related study abroad programs for PACS students studying abroad. For more information on current CU study abroad programs, including program requirements,dates, housing, costs, and financial aid and scholarships, see the CU study abroad website.
  • As you near graduation, please fill out a Certificate Completion Form.

Previous PACS Requirements:

If you have been admitted to the PACS Certiifcate Program PRIOR to Fall 2017, you fall under the old requirements. Please see them here.