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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Peace and International Studies, B.A.

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The Peace and International Studies (PAI) major supplements other Rockhurst major programs, providing the context in which students may both understand and transform the world around them. This interdisciplinary major is grounded in history, with additional emphases on foreign language, intercultural communication, cultural encounters, business and economics, and the moral/ethical bases of global communities.

The Wisdom Core section included at the bottom of this program outlines the requirements to fulfill the Rockhurst Wisdom Core for all undergraduate students. When registering for classes, to find which courses will fulfill core requirements, search the Course Schedule by “Attribute Type”.

The Course Schedule is located on the Rockhurst Registrar’s webpage at www.rockhurst/registrar.

Additional Requirements:

In addition to the above, students will complete 18 hours of upper-division credit hours (six courses distributed across the four elective course groupings described below.) All coursework should be chosen in consultation with the PAI major advisor.

Historical Foundations:

Historical context is critical for understanding global issues, including politics, society, culture and thought, and economics.

Choose a minimum of nine hours (three courses) from the list of offerings on Historical Foundations.

Critical Global Systems:

Increasing global interdependence makes a basic understanding of business/economic/political/health systems essential for global citizens.

Choose a minimum of three hours (one course) from the list of offerings on Critical Global Systems.

Ideas and Beliefs:

Intercultural awareness, including the need for peaceful co-existence, is rooted in moral/ethical considerations of the bases of human community-building, especially in the Jesuit Catholic tradition.

Choose a minimum of three hours (one course) from the list of offerings on Critical Global Systems.


Students must also complete 12 hours of related upper division coursework, chosen under the direction of, and in close consultation with their major advisor. A grade of C or better is required in each upper-division course of the major. (A grade of C- will not satisfy this requirement.)

One semester of college level foreign language is also required.

Students must also satisfy International/Intercultural Immersion Experience:

PAI majors will complete an approved experiential learning opportunity including internships, study abroad programs, immersion trips, or service learning trips.

The experience may be fulfilled through service learning options in other courses as deemed appropriate by the chair of the department of History or the chair’s designee.

This international/intercultural experience is required, but does not count towards a student’s 18 upper-division credit hours in Peace and International Studies.

Wisdom Core Requirements

With few exceptions, Rockhurst undergraduate students are required to fulfill the following requirements of the Rockhurst Wisdom Core. To locate courses that fulfill specific wisdom core requirements, search the Course Schedule by “Attribute Type”.  The Course Schedule is located on the Rockhurst Registrar’s webpage at www.rockhurst/registrar.

Cornerstone Requirement:

 Cornerstones courses introduce students to the Jesuit tradition and to the University through study, discussion, and reflection. Topics will vary. Students are encouraged to take the Cornerstone course during their first year at Rockhurst.

This 2 credit hour course may be offered through the College of Arts and Sciences (WCCA), the College of Business Intelligence and Information Analysis (WCCB), or Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences (WCCN), with a variety of content to be covered in each individual course.

The attribute code attached to any Cornerstone class is WCC.

Foundation Course Requirements: 37-40 hours

Foundations courses are lower-division courses representing the traditional liberal arts and sciences disciplines that are highly valued within the Jesuit tradition. Transfer courses may be accepted to fulfill Foundation core requirements.

NW - Natural World

Complete one science class with a lab from biology, chemistry, physics, or natural sciences (4 hours)

HC - History and Culture: HCA

Complete one class from art, music, or theatre arts (3 hours)

HC - History and Culture: HCH

Complete one class from history (3 hours)

HC - History and Culture: HCL

Complete one class from literature in English or literature in Modern Languages (3 hours)

IS - Individuals and Society

Complete two classes from 2 different disciplines of: criminal justice, economics, psychology, sociology, or political science (6 hours)
UQ - Universal Questions: UQP 

Complete one course from philosophy (3 hours)

UQ - Universal Questions: UQT

Complete one course from theology (3 hours)

UQ - Universal Questions

Complete one additional upper-level course from either theology or philosophy - this swing course may be a Rockhurst or transfer course. (3 hours)

EP - Eloquentia Perfecta: WC

Complete 1-2 WC - Written Composition courses. A student with an English ACT score over 24 may fulfill this requirement with EN 1140. (3 hours)

A student who does not have an English ACT score of 24 must complete EN 1110 and EN 1120. (6 hours)

EP - Eloquentia Perfecta: OC

Complete one OC - Oral Communication course (3 hours)

QR - Quantitative Reasoning

Complete one math course (3 hours)


Keystone Core Designations:

The Keystone designations are specific learning outcomes which students fulfill through Rockhurst upper-division courses, found primarily in the students’ major or minor program of study. No specific number of credits are required, but students are required to fulfill one of each of the seven Keystone designations. These courses emphasize skills listed in the “Core Rationale and Learning Goals,” such as Inquiry, Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Global Citizenship. Keystones can only be fulfilled through Rockhurst courses. Note: if a Keystone designation contains sub-core designations, the Keystone requirement may be fulfilled through either one of its subcore designations.

The seven Keystone designations are as follows:

IAC Inquiry, Analysis, and Critical Thinking Complete one course with either CT (Critical Thinking) or IA (Inquiry & Analysis) designation. Either designation will satisfy IAC.
IQL Information and Quantitative Literacy Complete one course with either IF (Information Fluency) or QL (Quantitative Literacy) designation. Either designation will satisfy IQL.
ACI Artistic/Creative & Innovative Expression Complete one course with either AE (Artistic Expression) or IV (Innovation) designation. Either designation will satisfy ACI.
CC Communication and Collaboration Skills Complete one course with either CM (Communication Skills) or CO (Collaboration Skills) designation. Either designation will satisfy CC.
IAS Intercultural Awareness and Sensitivity  Complete one course with the IAS designation.
GC Global Citizenship Complete one course with the GC designation.
ESE Ethical Reasoning & Social Engagement Complete one course with either ER (Ethical Reasoning & Action) or SK (Social Knowledge & Engagement) designation. Either designation will satisfy ESE.


Threshold Experiences

Before graduation, students are required to engage in at least one course or experience certified as using a high impact practice. Students must complete one of the following Threshold Experiences at Rockhurst:


WI Writing-Intensive
ID Interdisciplinary
UR Undergraduate Research
IN Internship
TSL Threshold Service Learning Experience
RP Reflective Portfolios
SA Study Abroad


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