Certificate in Peacemaking, Violence, and Power


The Certificate in Peacemaking, Violence, and Power (CPVP) program provides a means of analyzing the uses of power to create and maintain practices of peace and violence in society. Along with theoretical knowledge, the skills of contextual awareness needed for peacemaking are practiced. This program requires 15 hours of coursework, including one required course, two courses on diversity and difference, and one course on contextual awareness. The three additional hours may come from courses listed in either of the categories.

Primary Faculty

Dr. Maggie Elwell, Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Director of Bethany BOLD

Other Bethany  teaching faculty provide multiple courses as options among which students may choose to fulfill the scope of the requirements.


CPVP students take five courses totaling 15 credit hours, one required foundational course, two courses selected from options under the area of Diversity and Difference, one course selected from options under the area of Contextual Awareness, and one other course from any of the options under both areas mentioned above, as listed in the Academic Catalog. Students can take any number of courses in a semester. Not all courses are offered every year. The certificate can be completed in one to two years.


Graduates from the Certificate in Peacemaking, Violence and Power program will

  1. Exhibit understanding of the workings of power in societal structures and among individuals to identify avenues for peacemaking.
  2. Analyze and explain the impacts of diversity and difference for enacting peace and violence.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply theories of peacemaking, violence, and power in intercontextual settings.

Admissions Process Deadlines

Fall session:           May 15th
Spring session:     November 15th



The total cost for CPVP is $7,200. Students may apply for financial aid through Bethany: Church Service Covenant Grant, Academic Excellence Scholarship and need-based aid. Aid can potentially cover all tuition costs after the base amount of $1,100 per term is paid. For full details on financial aid, payment plans, and student accounts, contact the Admissions Office.

For additional information on CPVP, refer to the Academic Catalog.