The Peace Engineering minor brings together expertise in systems-level science, engineering principles, and conflict resolution practice to support conditions for peace. It prepares students to engage in projects with conflict sensitivity and to understand the engineering technologies and approaches impacting human systems. The minor explores how key topics of design, systems thinking, the environment, digital systems and technology intersect with conflict at various scales - from local communities to the world stage. The minor develops an understanding of problem solving approaches and tools that are integral parts of the peace engineer’s toolbox. This minor is jointly offered by the College of Engineering and Computing and the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. 


At least eight credits of the minor courses must be unique to the Peace Engineering Minor and not applied toward any other major, minor, certificate, or concentration. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course that is applied toward the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors

Banner Code: PCEN

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Core Courses

CONF 101Conflict and Our World (Mason Core)3
CEIE 100Environmental Issues and Solutions Around the World (Mason Core)3
or DSGN 101 Introduction to Design Thinking
SYST 414Systems Thinking3
or CONF 435 Building Peace in Divided Societies
Total Credits9


Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Select one from the following:3
Community Engagement and Collaborative Problem Solving
Community, Group, and Organizational Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Mason Core)
Building Peace in Divided Societies 1
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Agent-based Modeling and Simulation
Tackling Wicked Problems in Society the Environment (Mason Core)
Introduction to Computing for Digital Systems Engineering (Mason Core)
Engineering Systems in a Complex World (Mason Core)
Systems Thinking 1
Total Credits6

Students may not double count required courses and elective courses.