Students who entered Brandeis prior to June 1, 2022 and wish to take Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies (PAX) as a minor should consult with the PAX program advisers. Students who entered Brandeis after June 1, 2022 will not be admitted.
Since the end of World War II, peace studies has emerged as an interdisciplinary area of inquiry that draws on social science, the humanities, the creative arts and science in an effort to understand reasons for war and ways to resolve conflicts without violence.
The focus of Brandeis' Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program (PAX) focuses on how conflicts can be resolved nonviolently instead of violently—whether the conflicts are international, among groups and individuals, or even within the self. This emphasis supplements and intersects with the larger goal of ending war altogether. Our students examine the many meanings of "security," study the nature of power and political participation, consider contrasts between war culture and peace culture, recognize differences between positive peace and negative peace, investigate the relationship between inner peace and outer peace, see the role the arts can play in analyzing war and promoting peace, and explore ways of addressing conflicts that honor the integrity of all parties involved.