Kansas State University students now have the opportunity to learn how to change local and global conditions that can lead to violence -- and get credit for it. K-State's Certificate in Nonviolence Studies teaches nonviolence strategies, tactics and tools to help resolve problems without violence. The15-hour Certificate is open to all undergraduates through the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences. The NVS Certificate also is available through K-State Online.
To earn the NVS Certificate: students will complete the two required courses (Intro and Applied NVS) and personalize their program by selecting nine hours of multidisciplinary electives (from at least two departments).
What do we mean by Nonviolence?
Conflict within a human relationship system is as natural as bad weather.
How we respond to conflict is a choice.
In our nonviolence work at K-State, we examine violence-and-nonviolence within a holistic, interlocking web of problems and outcomes, not as "black or white" polarities. Violence is individual and institutional, personal and political. It might be silence, bullying, harassment, physical assault, suicide; oppression, exploitation, war... Violence is injustice that results in dysfunctional, imbalanced relationships -- among people, groups, and nations; between people and our environment; even within one body or mind. Nonviolence in this context are those actions we take to move toward dynamic balance -- seen as justice, health, peace -- by devising creative interventions into dysfunctional systems -- ideally, before a crisis occurs; but with conflict resolution, direct action and other creative, nonviolent methods, afterwards. Nonviolent actions are the intentional strategies, tactics and tools we create to generate win-win outcomes for inevitable conflict and change--not for sentiment but for wholeness and sustainability. "Activist Media Anthropology-Antidote to Extremist Worldviews, Media Anthropology (Sage, May 2005), SL Allen