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Peacebuilding and Development Major

Peacebuilding and Development Major

A degree in Peacebuilding and Development will equip you to think critically, clearly, and creatively about the most pressing global challenges. It provides an opportunity for you to discover your vocation, explore your passions, and become an active and engaged member of your community.

EMU’s undergraduate major is uniquely enriched by the presence of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding on campus which draws peace practitioners from around the world.

What will I study?

A major in peacebuilding and development consists of 52-54 SH. See the course catalog for course descriptions and curriculum info.

In class, students learn practical theories of violence, conflict, peace, and social change, preparing them for careers which address social problems and create sustainable social change.

You’ll become an effective practitioner of change. We’ll equip you by providing the theoretical models for understanding intentional social change and teach specific skills, tools and techniques to help create a more peaceful and just society.

On-The-Job Learning

Eastern Mennonite University Peacebuilding and Development student Jonathan Nisly

  • Senior peacebuilding and development major Jonathan Nisly interns at MANNA, a District of Columbia nonprofit developer of quality, affordable housing. He promotes its interests on social media and manages the housing advocacy team’s blog, where he writes about affordable housing issues, legislation and budget lines of interest. He was recently hired by MANNA. Read more about Jonathan’s internship


Our students find purpose and meaning through studying and serving here in the Shenandoah Valley and in regions all over the world through our practicum and cross cultural programs. These practicums give students on-the-job training and enforce classroom skills like mediation, conflict analysis, program evaluation, group facilitation, community assessment, and organization of campus and community events. Students may also complete internships in Washington D.C. through the Washington Community Scholars’ Center.

Faculty Resources

Our highly equipped team of professors and students are committed to building an academic environment in which each member is encouraged to excel both inside and outside the classroom.

Our professors have experience living and serving in the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe, as well as domestic communities in our Nation’s Capital, the Navajo Nation, and New York City.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Graduates of our program serve at home and around the world working in:

  • Community and international development
  • Victim assistance programs
  • Peace and justice education
  • Restorative discipline in schools
  • Law enforcement and legal service
  • Community organizing groups
  • Anti-human trafficking organizations
  • Policy research and advocacy
  • Non-profit administration
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Youth and outdoor recreation
  • Social services to the homeless
  • Community mediation.

Graduates of our program also pursue graduate studies in:

  • Conflict transformation
  • Restorative justice
  • Pastoral ministries
  • Economics
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Global studies
  • Clinical psychology
  • Social work

Study at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

Our graduate program in peacebuilding is also an asset to any undergrad in this field; dozens of grad-level international scholars flock to EMU each year to study at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Lisa Schirch, EMU research professor and peace studies expert, is the program director of 3P Human Security (formerly 3D Security), which promotes conflict prevention and peacebuilding in U.S. security policymaking.