Global Peace & Security Minor



NEW UPDATE:   SPRING QUARTER (posted March 26, 2015)

Professor Bouraad-Nash is back in Spring 2015.   Two GPS courses are offered and were added to GOLD on Pass 3.

If you plan to graduate this June with the GPS minor, you can meet with Jodi Cutler, in SSMS, room 2006, any time after week ONE.


Winter-Spring 2015 UPDATE (this was posted in January)

The instructor for all the GPS courses is on leave for winter and spring quarters 2015. 

Since the five GPS courses are the core of this minor, we can’t replace them with other electives. 

We sometimes have a few seats in the Global Studies courses (Global 102 and Global 124) for the GPS students but not enough for all students interested in the GPS minor.

So, for this academic year, the GPS minor is on hold.   It isn’t required for the BA and unfortunately, we can’t offer any alternative.

The upper division electives that cover topics related to “Peace & Security” are still offered every quarter.  You can take interesting upper division courses and will receive UC credit.  The only difference is that the words “GPS Minor” will not show up on your diploma. 

Look for courses in Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, History, Political Science,  Religion, etc.


NOTE:    If you have completed TWO GPS courses and need only one more in spring to complete the minor and graduate in June 2015, see Jodi Cutler, in SSMS, room 2006.


Eve Darian-Smith

Chair, Global Studies Department




The Global Peace and Security (GPS) Program was established at UCSB in 1982 as part of a system-wide effort to develop peace and security studies. Its programs have been supported in part by the UC systemwide Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC).

Mark Juergensmeyer serves as Chair, and in addition the program supports a half-time Lecturer, Marguerite Bouraad-Nash, who teaches the core courses for the program and also serves as Vice-Chair.

The Minor in Global Peace and Security Studies gives students the opportunity to complement their major with an interdisciplinary minor relating to contemporary international affairs and policy issues.

**ADD A PAGE:  GPS Information

1)    How do I get a minor?

Visit the sponsoring department. There is no formal process to “declare” a minor, but the department will have the requirements sheet for the minor and explain the process.   When have completed the courses for the minor, you need to notify the sponsoring department.

2)    Is there any deadline for filing the minor?

To receive recognition for completing a minor, you should notify the sponsoring department of your intentions early in your final quarter –probably around the same time that  you declare candidacy for the bachelor’s degree. This is true even if you are still completing courses toward the minor that final quarter.  

Once the sponsoring department has grades for all your courses, they will forward the minor clearance form with the appropriate signature to the Registrar.  The minor will then appear on your diploma and transcript.

3)  What if I want to substitute another course for one of the requirements for the minor?

There is no formal petition needed to substitute courses for a minor.  Instead, you discuss your request with the faculty advisor and/or undergraduate advisor listed above.  If the request is approved, it will be noted on the official clearance form prepared by the sponsoring department.


***** Because elective courses for these minors are hard to get into, we suggest searching for alternatives each quarter – especially in the GPS minor – part B.   (The GPS core courses in part A are never blocked – open on pass 1 until filled)

Look for U DIV courses with content related to the topic of  Global Peace and Security

One place to look is the web page for the Global Studies majors since the subject matter overlaps the two programs.   Look in U. Div. on the Global Studies major sheet   <

Area II (broad global topics) or Area III (specific geographic regions)

You can also link to the web page ADDITIONAL COURSES for the MAJOR and read course titles….

(Global 110-120-130 are restricted to Global Majors only and cannot be used for the minor)

The Minor in Global Peace and Security Studies gives students the opportunity to complement their major with an interdisciplinary minor relating to contemporary international affairs and policy issues.



Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

**PAGE:  GPS helpful hints



***PAGE:   Core courses for GPS minor

Core Courses

GPS 136. Theories of Peace, Conflict and Violence
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Fundamental issues relating to global peace and security: Focus on "negative peace"--the problem of war and organized violence; peace as the avoidance of war.
GPS 137. World Society in Transformation: Building Enduring Peace
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Fundamental exploration of issues relating to global peace and security with a focus on "positive peace"--peace as human rights, sustainable development, ecological balance, political participation and other positive aspects of human security.
GPS 140. Theory and Practice of Nonviolence
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Critical examination of nonviolence as a philosophy of life and as a pragmatic approach to conflict resolution. Philosophical, psychological, cultural, and political aspects. Major theorists of nonviolence including Gandhi, King, Dharp. Application to confict at all levels: interpersonal, intergroup, and international. Case studies.
GPS 194. Group Studies for Global Peace and Security
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Intensive analysis of topics and themes in global peace and security. Topics will vary with instructor and year.
GPS 196. Global Peace and Security Seminar
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Intensive analysis of methods and problems of global peace and security. Topics will vary with the instructor and quarter.
GLOBL 102. Global Religion
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Examination of the globalization of religious traditions in the modern world. Topics include the polarities between homeland and diaspora, the relationships between transnational religions and nation-states, and how these dynamics change the very nature of religious traditions.
GLOBL 124. Global Conflict
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Exploration of some of the major points of tension in global society since the end of the cold war, with emphasis on the rise of religious nationalismand ethnic strife in the Middle East, South and Central Asia, and Russia.