The Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) serves students interested in the cross-disciplinary study of peace development and conflict management. PACS has a four-decade history at the University, preparing hundreds of students, many of whom are now conflict professionals in a growing field.
The PACS Certificate is awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. It is available to any CU-Boulder student who completes the two PACS courses and 18 additional hours of approved coursework relevant to such topical areas as war avoidance, conflict resolution, nonviolence, human rights, humanitarian intervention, social justice and ecological security.
To apply for the certificate program, students should visit the Requirements  and Forms  pages, then submit an Initial Sign Up Form . Students are also encouraged to talk with the new PACS Director, Bryan Taylor* or the core course instructors, Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess about their plans. They can be contacted using the the PACS Contact  form.
PACS students participate in related programs on campus and beyond through study abroad and internships . Upon graduation, their career paths may lead them to graduate study and a growing number of organizations working to moderate conflict and build peace and justice at all levels of national and global society.
PACS relies on support from outside the University for its supplementary programs such as internships and scholarships. Those wishing to further the PACS mission, may do so by giving tax-deductible gifts to the Colorado Peace Studies Endowment. 
* Effective November 1, 2014, Bryan Taylor, took over the Directorship of the PACS Program. We look forward to working with Bryan to further develop the program.
Thanks, StanWe want to thank Stan Deetz, the out-going director of PACS who served in that capacity for 10 years--longer than any of the other former directors by far. He helped stabilize the program, negotiating an instructor-level teaching line that enabled the core courses to become more standardized than they had been previously. He also obtained the funds necessary to add a third core course--the junior-level skills course entitled Communication and Conflict Management. He also donated his time generously to hundreds of students who sought his guidance in their efforts to complete the certificate and to find follow-on work or graduate level study. We wish Stan the best in his future endeavors and we will miss his many contributions to the Program.