2020 Peace Conference - May 12, 2020
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About the Program

As the world is becoming increasingly interdependent, diverse, and complex, there is a growing need for peace, justice, and sustainability. New leadership is required in today’s modern world to create communities that are just, compassionate, and sustainable. Golden West College is one of few institutions to provide this unique and pioneering experience in offering an A.A. in Peace Studies.

Our Vision

The vision of our Peace Studies Program is to provide students with an interconnected perspective essential to understanding the highly complex and integrated world in which we live. This interdisciplinary program teaches tomorrow’s leaders the skills of peacemaking and conflict management on a global, professional, and individual level so that they may be empowered with peaceful solutions in any circumstance.

Students will discover their distinct value in creating meaningful and sustainable change on both the global and local level, all while exploring their career pursuits. Through a wide offering of classes, students will learn about human rights, environmental awareness, social justice, mediation, and negotiation.

What Else Do We Do?

We offer a variety of cutting-edge events such as the Annual Peace Conference, lecture series, documentary screenings, workshops, as well as the Peace and Leadership Club, Peace Chronicle, and Peace Fellowships.

For more information, please contact:
Fran Faraz Peace Studies Coordinator

Social Sciences, Communications, World Languages Division

Dr. Alex Miranda, Dean

For more information contact:
Lindsay McNutt
Division Coordinator

The Peace Chronicle - March-April 2017
Program Graduates may wish to transfer to a four year degree program such as:

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • History/Political Science
  • Language and Literature
  • Law and Diplomacy
  • Negotiation, Mediation & Conflict Resolution
  • Peace Studies & Peacebuilding
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Academic Transfer for a 4 year Degree or a Minor in Peacebuilding in California

  • California State Dominguez Hills Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding program
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Irvine and Center for Citizen’s Peacebuilding
  • Chapman University Peace Studies Program
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Ahimsa Center
  • UPEACE (UN University of Peace in Costa Rica)
You may see yourself seeking careers in the following fields:

  • Social Services
  • International Diplomacy
  • Mediation and Law
  • Economics and Business Development
  • Law Enforcement
  • Justice and Healing
  • Education
  • Humanitarian work
  • NGOs
  • Government
  • Human Resources

Peace Studies at Golden West prepares students to become global peace leaders with the skills necessary to create peace within themselves, their communities, and the world.


Farzane “Fran” Farazdaghi

Instructor, Peace Studies


(714) 892-7711 x52576

Office: ADMIN 217

Department Co-Chair: Sunshine McClain

Instructor, History

A.A. in Social Studies at Golden West College; B.A. in History at California State University, Fullerton; M.A. in History at University of California, Irvine


(714) 892-7711 x51048

Office: ADMIN 228

Department Co-Chair: Noah Levin

Instructor, Philosophy

B.S., Harvey Mudd College; M.A., Ph.D., Bowling Green State University


(714) 892-7711 x51062

Office: ADMIN 213