Mar 01, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Peace and Justice Studies Concentration

Will Cohen, Ph.D., Director

The Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church (1971) reported that “action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel….”  Since, the 32nd General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (1974-75) Jesuit institutions of higher education have aimed to reveal the link between the practice of faith and the promotion of justice.  In this vein the University’s Peace & Justice Program was instituted to bring academic studies, including classes, community service and interdisciplinary research, into the process of building a more just and thus more peaceful society.

The Peace and Justice Concentration will be an attractive complement to the academic programs of students planning careers in law, international relations, human services, ministry and teaching — to name only the most obvious.  However, any students who have a personal interest in the problems of peace and justice, regardless of their career goals, can benefit from its multi-disciplinary concentration of courses.  It is open to majors from all the undergraduate schools of the University.  Six courses (18 credits) must be taken by students in order to have “Peace and Justice Concentration” added to their transcript.  Courses may be taken as part of the cognate requirement (with permission of the chairperson of the major) or as part of the general-education requirements.

B. Four electives from among the following:*

C. Experiential Learning:

Practical experience in working for peace and justice. This can take the form of a civic engagement project, course-related service learning, an immersion experience, an internship, or other engagement approved by the Director of the Peace and Justice Studies. 

D. Integrative Capstone Course (required in senior year)