The Department of Peace Studies is an academic program at Payap University with a commitment to encouraging faculty and graduate student training and research. There is an emphasis on bringing together the applied experience of practitioners, with that of the theoretical understandings of academia. Faculty bring a variety of emphases to their teaching and research programs, among which include the methods and theories of both the social sciences and humanities. Faculty have specific interests in Comparative Religion, Philosophy, Sociology, and History/Political Sciences. The goal is to be a center for Southeast Asia in Peace Studies teaching and research.