Oberlin College?
Oberlin College is located in Oberlin, Ohio, and is made up of two divisions, an undergraduate college of arts and sciences and a professional school of music. It was the first college to award undergraduate degrees to women and has a history of leadership in providing education to African Americans. To learn more about Oberlin, you can visit the college's official website.

So what's an ExCo?
ExCo stands for Experimental College, which is a student-run program at Oberlin College.  It offers courses taught by students, community members, and anyone else who wants to teach a course not offered through Oberlin's curriculum.  Students can earn up to five Oberlin College credits through ExCo courses. To learn more, you can visit the ExCo website.

What exactly are peace studies, and why would anyone want to study them?
Peace studies traditionally cover a variety of issues including war and peace, conflict and reconciliation, violence and non-violence, on all levels of society. All of these issues are important to how we live as individuals and as members of our communities, nations, and the world.  As Colman McCarthy explains, "Governments and citizens proclaim that mathematics, languages, and science are their goals, and students are required to take those and other courses, as if the future of the species depended on them.  At commencements, graduates are told to go into the world as peacemakers.  Yet in most schools, peace is so unimportant that no place is found for it in the curriculum."  The goal of the Development Group is to change that at Oberlin College in an effort to better promote peace education and awareness here and worldwide.

How can I get involved in this endeavor?
An ExCo fair is held at the beginning of each semester at which students and others can enroll in ExCo courses.  We will have a table where you can fill out an application! If you aren't able to participate in an ExCo, please contact us; we're always interested in more support and assistance.  We have lots to do and projects in different directions in which we would love your help.  Or, suggest an avenue that you would like us to pursue.  Contact us.

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