Global Peace & Security Minor


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).

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.

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.


UPDATE:    As of FALL 2017, the Global Peace & Security minor is no longer available.  It will be removed from the UCSB Catalogue for the 2017-2018 Academic year.

***NOTE:   Professor Bouraad-Nash retired in Spring 2016.   There is no instructor to replace her during the 2016-2017 calendar year so none of the GPS courses will be taught this academic year.


Electives related to the theme of Peace & Security are available every quarter.  See Jodi Cutler in Global Studies(SSMS, room 2006)  if you need help finding these courses.

Also, you might consider STUDY ABROAD for a fall semester.  You could get 20 or more UC credits on a program abroad and put that on your resume instead of the minor.




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.

Substitutions for the GPS minor – part B.

Because elective courses in other departments can be hard to get into, we suggest searching for alternatives each quarter. 

(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-B (broad global topics in other dept's) 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 and other Global courses are restricted to Global Majors only)





Nuclear Age Peace Foundation


Core courses for GPS minor

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.