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Study of Understanding Community, Diversity, and Peace (Minor)

About the Program

The study of understanding community, diversity, and peace integrates concepts from a number and variety of academic disciplines as a means of providing students with an expansive yet focused view of the world, its resources, contexts, and people, and their relationship to functions of community, diversity, and peace. Universal human rights through nonviolence are synonymous with the ultimate goals of a caring community and society. To help others will surely improve the world, but first we must develop a more thorough understanding of community, diversity, and the rudiments of peace. The multidisciplinary framework of this academic minor will examine the interconnectedness of all peoples and the environment and how they share basic needs and concerns.

The intent of this program of study is to provide students with the opportunity to examine human responsibility to and for the local, national, and international community which is essential in fostering and sustaining peaceful relations, justice, and reconciliation. The fundamental purpose of required formal course work and related experience is to enable students to construct a base of knowledge associated with concepts and practices of community, diversity, and peace from a broad and varied range of human perspectives and experiences. Finally, given the immense value of community involvement and contribution, a field service experience is required in this program of study.

About the Geography and Planning Department

A213 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6216
Fax: (716) 878-4009

Program Requirements

I. Foundations of Understanding Peace (9 credit hours required and distributed as follows: 3 credit hours in A; and 6 credit hours in B. No more than 3 credit hours of lower division coursework may be selected.)

A. Moral and Ethical Development (3 Credit Hours Required)

PHI 102 Introduction to Moral and Social Philosophy
PHI 323 Moral Issues*
PHI 324 Zen Buddhism*

B. Peace and Tolerance (6 Credit Hours Required)

AED 318 Art Education and Multiculturalism*
ANT 101 Understanding Culture
ANT 303 The Anthropology of Europe
ANT 305 Peoples of Africa
ANT 330 Pacific Islanders
ANT 381 Religion, Magic and Culture*
CRS 302 Creative Approaches to Problem Solving*
ECO 302 Women in the Economy*
EDF 225 Ethnic Studies in the Elementary School
ENG 354 Ethnic American Minority Literature
EXE 100 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs
HIS 363/ American Identity in Transition: Diversity and Pluralism in the United States*
SSE 363/SST 363
MUS 206 History of American Popular Music
MUS 208 Survey of World Music Culture
PSC 316 Urban Ethnic Politics
PSY 387 Psychology of Gender Differences*
REL 321 World Religions
SOC 352 The Aged in Urban Society*
SST 355 Social Studies Seminar in Conflict Resolution

II. Foundations of Understanding Community, Diversity and Peace (9 credit hours required. Three credit hours in A: Three credit hours in B; and Three credit hours in C. No more than 3 credit hours of Lower Division Coursework may be selected)

A. Community, Diversity and Peace (Core Course Requirement - 3 Credit Hours)

PSC 318 W Democracy and Peace: Principles and Practices in the Urban Experience*

B. Science and Environment (3 Credit Hours Required)

ANT 367 Culture and Ecology*
BIO 104 Environmental Biology
CHE 100 Chemistry and Society
CHE 315 Environmental Chemistry*
ECO 355 The Economics of Energy and the Environment*
ENS 300 Environmental Studies*
GEG 307 Conservation and Environmental Management
GEG 330 Land Resource Analysis and Planning*
GES 223 Environmental Earth Science
GES 310 Great Lakes Environmental Issues*
HEW 204 Personal Health
HEW 305 Community Health*
PSC 306 Politics of Energy
PSY 370 Environmental Psychology*
SCI 231 Pollution, The Environment, and Society
SCI 232 Energy, the Environment and Society
SOC 341 Sociology of Human Ecology
TEC 319 Technology and Values*

C. Social Analysis (3 Credit Hours Required)

ANT 307 Urban Anthropology
ANT 370 The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues*
ANT 380 Language and Culture
ANT 384 Culture, Social Control and Law*
COM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
COM 422 Mass Media Criticism*
CRJ 302 Criminal Justice and the Community
CRJ 425 Race, Ethnicity and the Administration of Justice*
CRJ 430 Gender and the Administration of Justice*
CRS 205 Introduction to Creative Studies
CRS 302 Creative Approaches to Problem Solving*
ECO 312 Urban Economics*
EDF 311 Family Violence*
GEG 102 Human Geography
GEG 309 Introduction to Urban Geography
PLN 315 Principles of Urban and Regional Planning
PLN 412 Community Planning Agencies and Issues **
PSC 320 U.S. Civil Liberties
PSC 340 Politics of Developing Countries
PSC 415 Urban Public Policy*
PSY 325 Social Behavior*
PSY 381 Psychology and Culture*
PSY 384 Psychology of Aggression and Violence*
PSY 412 Community Psychology*
SOC 240 Analyzing Social Problems
SOC 320 Sociology of the Family*
SOC 340 Sociology of the City* & **
SOC 350 Power, Class and Inequality*
SOC 383 Sociology of Punishment and Correction*
SOC 390 Juvenile Delinquency*
SOC 430 Sociology of International Development and Underdevelopment*
SPC 103 Introduction to Human Communication
SPC 307 Group Communication*
SST 102 Problem Solving in the Social Studies
SWK 105 Interpersonal Relations
SWK 220 Introduction to Social Work
SWK 319 Dynamics of Poverty* & **

* Requires the completion of a prerequisite
** Offers service learning opportunity

III. Field Experience in the Study of Understanding Community, Diversity and Peace (3 Credit Hours Required)

ANT 488 Internship
PLN 488 Internship
PSC 488 Internship
SOC 488 Internship

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