BA Peace Studies


This is the Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plan for this program. See department website for additional information about this program

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the micro (psychology and interactional), societal (organizational, institutional, and group-level), and/or macro (international and state-level) causes of current events and major world conflicts, especially those of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Use oral and written communication to challenge dominant paradigms of violence and inequalities (including racism, ableism, sexism, economic inequality and religious intolerance) within culture, media and governments.
  • Apply peace research methods of data collection and analysis to assess conflict, inequality, and/or peacebuilding strategies.
  • Navigate cultural differences and assess how to apply culturally appropriate techniques related to human rights, peace education, mediation, diplomacy, conflict management, community building, and nonviolent activism; building respect for human dignity and self-reflection.
  • Gain an appreciation for the variety of disciplines’ roles in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, management, and resolution.

Course requirements for the degree

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Curricular Map

The curricular map shows how each required course contributes to the program's learning outcomes.

» Curricular Map (PDF)

Annual Learning Outcomes Assessment Report(s)

In a process called assessment, the faculty of each degree program measure student attainment of program learning outcomes goals on an annual basis. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Process (PDF)

Assessment Rubric

In assessing learning outcomes, program faculty often develop rubrics which establish criteria and expectations showing how outcomes are evaluated. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Rubric (PDF)

Program Review

Program review represents Chapman's commitment to excellence in academic programs through periodic review of educational effectiveness. Every 5 to 7 years, program faculty members prepare a self-study report, which is reviewed by external, expert reviewers, numerous Chapman faculty governance councils and committees, and the Office of the Provost. Program review provides an opportunity for each program to reflect on its educational effectiveness as well as its contribution to the university's mission and strategic plan. The results of program review guide institutional planning, budgeting and decision-making.