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Nonviolence Studies & Programs
Dept of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
204 Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

About Nonviolence Studies & Programs


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.

Nonviolence Studies Certificate Program

You. Kansas State University. The World.
Ever wonder how you can change the conditions that engender violence?

Do you think there must be a better way to resolve conflict than ...bullying? ...abusing power? ....war? ....violence?

  Do you wonder why people care about...human rights? ...human wrongs? ...social & environmental justice?

Do you want to learn to change for the better ...the world ...the environment ...your relationships ...your Self?

  Nonviolence strategies, tactics & tools help us resolve problems nonviolently.

  Introduction to Nonviolence Studies,
Applied Nonviolence Studies & Many Electives

Earn a15-hour Nonviolence Studies Certificate
Open to all majors and departments

NVS Academic Advisor: Dr. Nadezda Shapkina, shapkina@k-state.edu
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
204 Waters Hall – 785-532-2790
For Online course information contact Susan Allen, slallen@ksu.edu

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).
For more information, see: www.k-state.edu/sasw



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








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