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Intercultural Peacebuilding (BA)

Hours - 39 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2021
Last Revised 6/29/2021
Holokai Category: Arts & Humanities

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Program Requirements


Core Requirements — 6 Credits

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
IPB 121 Intercultural Peacebuilding F, W, S 3.0
IPB 480 Conflict Transformation F, W 3.0 IPB 311, 323, 400, 411, 425 or 455 and senior standing and Permission of Instructor


Research Methods — 3 Credits

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
ANTH 322 Ethnographic Skills F, S 3.0 ANTH 105 or IPB 121


Field Work — 6 Credits

Choose Two

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
IPB 311 NGOs and Conflict Transformation F 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 323 Peace Education W 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 399R Internship in Intercultural Peacebuilding F, W, S 1.0 - 14.0 IPB 121 and either IPB 400, 411 or IPB 425
IPB 400 Cultural Mediation F, W 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 411 NGO and Conflict Transformation Practicum W 3.0 IPB 311
IPB 425 Cultural Facilitation S 3.0 IPB 121 and Permission of Instructor
IPB 455 Advanced Mediation W 3.0 IPB 400


Intercultural Peacebuilding Electives — 15 Credits

Choose five

Students can take up to three IPB 390R courses to fulfill requirements, provided they are on different topics. Electives not being used toward the Field Work requirement can be used as IPB electives.

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
IPB 221 Establishing Peace S 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 231 Interpersonal Peacebuilding F 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 311 NGOs and Conflict Transformation F 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 323 Peace Education W 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 332 Peace Ecology S 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 352 Intercultural Conflict Dynamics F 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 380 Culture and Conflict Transformation W 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 390R Special Topics in Intercultural Peacebuilding Variable 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 400 Cultural Mediation F 3.0 IPB 121
IPB 411 NGO and Conflict Transformation Practicum W 3.0 IPB 311
IPB 425 Cultural Facilitation S 3.0 IPB 121 and Permission of Instructor
IPB 455 Advanced Mediation W 3.0 IPB 400
IPB 495R Independent Study Variable 1.0 - 3.0 IPB 121 and Permission of Instructor


Intercultural Peacebuilding Culture and Conflict Electives — 9 Credits

Choose three

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
ANTH 270 Language in Culture and Society F, W 3.0 ANTH 105 or IPB 121
ANTH 391 Narrative, Identity and Culture F 3.0 ANTH 105 or COMM 110 or HUM 151 or 251 or IPB 121
ANTH 390R Special Topics in Anthropology Variable 3.0 ANTH 105 or IBP 121
ANTH 445 Anthropology of Religion F 3.0 ANTH 105 or IPB 121
ANTH 447 Applied and Development Anthropology W 3.0 ANTH 105 or IPB 121
ANTH 450 Political and Economic Anthropology W 3.0 ANTH 105 or IPB 121
ANTH 460 Anthropology of Globalization S 3.0 ANTH 105 or IPB 121
IPB 383 Peace Linguistics W 3.0 IPB 121
PSYC 350 Social Psychology F, W, S 3.0 PSYC 111


Additional Program Requirements

No grades lower than C- will be accepted. A student must leave the major after failing to obtain at least a C- grade for the same major course after taking it twice, and no major courses may be repeated more than once.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing a major in Intercultural Peacebuilding, students will:

  • Effectively understand cultural differences and conflicts.
  • Think critically and empathetically.
  • Employ skills such as mediation, facilitation and research to develop solutions to real world problems.
  • Articulate and sustain views through verbal and written discourse.
  • Be well prepared to enter graduate school or employment.

Program Descriptions

The Intercultural Peacebuilding seeks to refine and mold the divine potential of BYU–Hawaiigraduates to influence peace for the good at home, in the workplace, in communities, and throughout the world. It not only emphasizes theories of harmony, cross-cultural leadership, and conflict transformation but also highlights the spiritual components of these areas such as forgiveness and reconciliation by drawing on a broad range of theories and techniques from the academic disciplines of anthropology, cultural studies, political science, psychology, history, economics, law, and business. A major in intercultural peacebuilding will provide opportunities for employment in careers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors as an understanding of the theories of conflict and sustainable community building and development. Students will also gain knowledge and basic skills necessary to navigate the intricacies of intercultural communication and negotiation in whatever their chosen profession may be. One of the primary goals of IPB is the fulfillment of BYU–Hawaii’s prophetic mission to accept, adapt, and integrate cultural differences through the transcendent principles of love, faith, and peace combined with a rigorous academic curriculum that directly addresses cross-cultural understanding. As a microcosm of global diversity, BYU–Hawaii provides an exceptional environment for Intercultural Peacebuilding.