Peace and Conflict Studies

The Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations at William & Mary has established the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) Program. Our goal is to develop the PACS program as the premier undergraduate security program in the country. Building upon established Institute initiatives and rooted firmly in the liberal arts tradition, PACS gives students a broad, interdisciplinary foundation as they engage in rigorous international security research.

Director: Sue Peterson, Reves Professor of Government and International Relations
Administrative Director: Dennis Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government
Current Inititatives

Security-related courses offered in government, history, international relations, sociology, public policy, psychology, religious studies and modern languages.

E-Internship program linking William & Mary students with government agencies, non-governmental organizations and industry, enabling students to gain practical experience by conducting year-round research for organizations in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.

The Project on International Peace & Security (PIPS)an undergraduate think tank whose fellows work with scholars and policymakers to identify international security challenges and develop original policy recommendations which are published as white papers and presented at a symposium in Washington, D.C.

Goals for an expanded PACS include

A Certificate in International Security to be awarded upon completion of a cohesive, interdisciplinary and experiential security curriculum.

New and expanded W&M in DC National Security Institute. 

The International Security in the 21st Century Speaker Series drawing from William & Mary’s extensive network of alumni, many of whom hold high-ranking positions in international policy related fields, to bring distinguished speakers to campus to present on security issues.

Extra curricular research opportunities with Institute projects that address issues including foreign aid transparency, government reform, terrorism, conflict, food security, the environment and an investigation of the International Relations discipline itself.