Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Peace & Conflict Studies Department


Peace and Conflict Studies and Security Studies are seldom discussed in tandem with one another. Substantive comparisons between the two fields are few and far between. This thesis adds to the body of literature comparing the two disciplines by analyzing the roots and evolution of Peace and Conflict Studies and Security Studies. Five testable claims on the two fields are addressed through a historical analysis of both disciplines, followed by a quantitative measure of a sample from both fields, and finally through a case study of scholarship in the two disciplines on the Iraq War. Through these methods the prevalent assumptions about both fields are assessed and challenged. The results of these methods reveal that the majority of these assumptions are unfounded. In addition, this thesis reveals that there are many potential areas of collaboration between the two fields, and thus, greater cross-disciplinary communication is recommended.