The School of Peace and Conflict Studies evolved from the Center for Peaceful Change, which was established in 1971 as a “living memorial” to the students killed by the Ohio National Guard during a student protest against the Vietnam War on May 4, 1970.  

The Center was created to be interdisciplinary in nature, and to do teaching, research and public service relative to peaceful change, with a teaching focus on learning from experience.  In 1994, the name of the Center was changed to the Center for Applied Conflict Management, with a continued emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and applied skills.  In 2017 the Center was transformed into the School of Peace and Conflict Studies.   Today the School builds upon the legacy of its predecessors, regularly enrolling more than 1,000 students each year in courses that teach applied skills in conflict management and nonviolent change.


Effective Fall 2018, the name of our major changed from Applied Conflict Management to Peace and Conflict Studies.  Starting in Fall 2019, the prefix for Peace and Conflict Studies courses will change from CACM to PACS.  Some of the course names will also change to reference Peace and Conflict Studies rather than Applied Conflict Management.  


Kent State University's Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM) became the School of Peace and Conflict Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences effective August 2017.  

The Center for Applied Conflict Management (originally called the Center for Peaceful Change) was established in 1971 as a “living memorial” to the students killed by the Ohio National Guard during a student protest against the Vietnam War on May 4, 1970.

  • The School's undergraduate degree program, established in 1973, is one of the oldest -- and currently one of the largest -- peace and conflict studies programs in the country. Our popular "Introduction to Conflict Management" class is open to all majors, and satisfies Kent CORE and diversity requirements. 

  • The Conflict Analysis and Management track in the Political Science doctoral and master's degree programs is attracting graduate students from all over the world.  Students interested in a broader, interdisciplinary masters degree can study can study with SPCS faculty through Kent State’s Master in Liberal Studies program.

  • Our alumni are employed in a variety of fields which include business, finance, social services, nonprofit management, government, human resources, education and training, law, mediation, community organizing and activism.

  • We love to share stories about our students and alumni — news about awards, new jobs, special events, latest activities and interesting stories can be found here. If you have a story to share, please let us know!

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