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Peace Studies

Unlocking The Master Narrative

Peace Studies and the Institute for Peace

“The purpose of the Peace Institute for me is to provide a safe place for students to learn about, to reflect on and to share and build strategies for Peace in our college as well as our wider communities, especially important in this time of conflict and war in so much of the world,” Molly Popchock, SCC English as a Second Language Faculty and regional refugee and immigrant advocate.

Experience a new idea taking shape at Spokane Community College where we are coming together and working for peace in our daily lives, classrooms and community. The Peace Studies Program at SCC provides students the opportunity to explore the many perspectives of peace theory and practice.  Faculty across all disciplines are building Peace Studies into their regular coursework.

The Institute for Peace will be a gathering place where ideas, resources and innovation come together at SCC. This will be a welcoming space for faculty, students and staff and will be the place for people to join in the study and practice of peace education.

Peace Studies is part of many areas of study

Peace can be taught in any setting and in any area of study – from communications to automotive repair. Whether your area of study is professional-technical, business, education, government or the arts and sciences, peace education will enhance your area of study. By studying peace in your field of study, you will learn how to apply conflict resolution, empathic listening and peacemaking in the way you will experience it. 

The number of SCC courses that are including Peace Studies in their curriculum keeps growing. Here is our most up-to-date listing of qualifying courses. Check back for updates. 

What is a Peace Studies Endorsement and what can you do with it?

  • Are you interested in peacemaking and pragmatic conflict resolution?
  • Are you interested in developing global thinking and respect for diversity?
  • Are you interested in critical thinking and creative problem solving?
  • ‚ÄčAre you looking to enhance your course of study? 

Students across SCC want to incorporate conflict resolution, critical thinking, empathy and social justice into their lives at SCC and in the workforce. By choosing regular courses needed for your degree from the list of courses that include Peace Studies education, you will build your understanding and abilities in Peace Studies. When you complete 10 to 15 credits of courses with Peace Studies designations, you will earn a Peace Studies Certificate from SCC.

"Peace is much more than the absence of violence, it's the presence of intentional, sustained harmony," Angela Wizner, Instructor, Department of Communications Studies. 

Past events

Spring Peace and Human Rights Expo FlierSpring Peace and Human Rights Expo 

Join us to celebrate peace and justice with free food, games, music and booths! This special expo will showcase Peace Studies courses so students can register for Fall quarter. Peace Studies professors will be stopping by to share their experience infusing peace education into their curriculum.

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: SCC Lair Sasquatch and North Lawn

Sponsored by: Student Awareness League and SCC Peace Institute

FEND logoWinter 2019 

Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman Talks Fend (Full Energy, No Drugs)

Panel Presentation: Kevin Lyman Moderates, How I Became an Addict; How I Survived! Samantha Ridings and Sean Cox share their journey. Keynote Speech, Kevin Lyman, Someone Knew - Why I Needed to do Something!

Doctor Arvind SinghalFall 2018

Dr. Arvind Singhal

This professor, author and social justice leader provided a keynote address and workshop to everyone at SCC and community members.

Singhal is the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication at the University of Texas, El Paso, and the director of the Social Justice Initiative, which supports students in their efforts to make global change.

Singhal teaches and conducts research on the diffusion of innovations, the positive deviance approach, organizing for social change, the entertainment-education strategy and liberating interactional structures. His outreach spans public health, education, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, civic participation, democracy and governance and cooperative citizenship.  

Spring 2018

Human Rights Conference- Daylong conference with presentations from SCC Peace Studies instructors and workshops for students

SCC Peace Studies logo

Earning a Peace Studies Certificate

Many of our faculty across SCC are building Peace Studies into their regular coursework.
General Peace Studies Certificate: Earn up to 10 credits in Peace Studies Courses
Advanced Peace Studies Certificate: Earn up to 15 credits in Peace Studies Courses

  1. Fill out the Application for Peace Studies

  2. Attach an unofficial transcript with your Peace Studies courses highlighted. (All must be taken at SCC with a minimum grade of 2.0.)

  3. Submit application to Angela Wizner (Building 1, Room B208C) or by email at Your certificate will be processed and mailed to you. 

                     Peace Studies Course List

Pillars of Peace

  • Negotiating Peace: Peacemaking and Social Justice

  • Compromise & Pragmatic Conflict Resolution

  • Global Community & Interdependency

  • Listening to Understand & Empathize

  • Economic Justice

  • Critical Thinking & Creative Problem Solving

Peace Studies Resources

Coming Soon. 

“Peace exists where people are interacting non-violently and are managing their conflict positively – with respectful attention to the legitimate needs of all concerned.” Johan Gultung, Father of Modern Peace Studies.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; Only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.