Peace and Justice
The Peace and Justice Studies Minor prepares students to assume their roles as global citizens and leaders through the development of knowledge and strategies for engaging a global society and promoting a peaceful and just world.
The minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding peace theory, application and strategy. It introduces students to the academic study of the religious, historical, political, environmental, sociological, cultural and economic causes of conflict, as well as the psychological, philosophical, religious and communication processes of building peace and justice.
Graduates will be positioned to pursue post-graduate work with:
- The Peace Corps
- Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s)
- Religions Organizations
- International Agencies and Corporations
- Political Organizations
- Environmental Groups
- Economic and Development Organizations
- Peace and Justice Foundations
- Peace and Justice Minor
Students pursuing the Peace and Justice Studies Minor will gain an understanding of conflict from interpersonal to international contexts, by becoming more aware of their own and others’ identities, cultures and communities.
IDS 296 - Introduction to Peace Studies, 4 credits
REL 460 – Christianity and the Quest for Peace, 4 credits
12 credits of approved electives (course descriptions and details are listed with the corresponding department) selected from:
AES 210 COMM 231 COMM 240 COMM 340 COMM 341 ENGL 113
ENGL 233 ENGL 234 ENGL 282 ENGL 375 ENVR 377 HIST 206 HIST 252 HIST 255 HIST 256 HIST 321 HIST 344 HIST 351 HIST 361 HIST 370 IDS 200
MIN 323 PHIL 245 PHIL 343 POL 110
POL 151 POL 160 POL 251 POL 262 POL 303 POL 305 POL 378 PSY 110 REL 100
REL 265 REL 295 REL 324 REL 345 REL 389 REL 490 SOC 281 SOC 356 SOC 395
WGS 200 WGS 350
Students will be encouraged to supplement their minor with study abroad, internships, conferences and other experiential activities.
- When selecting electives for the minor, students should keep in mind they may only count one course towards both their major and minor.
- Students are required to select electives from at least 2 different departments and programs to achieve the broadest possible perspectives on the conditions that affect the processes of peace and justice.
- No more than two courses can be from the same department.
- Students may only take one elective that is also a general education course.
- At least 2 of the electives must be at the 200-level or above.
- Koch, Dr. PamelaSociology and Social Work DepartmentPeace and Justice
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