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Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Peace and Justice Studies Program

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Anthony P. Ferzola, 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. Eight courses (24 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. Electives (any five courses listed below can be counted; others may be included with approval from the program coordinator):

C. Integrative Capstone Course (required in senior year):

T/JP 310 - Toward a Just and Peaceful World 
In this seminar students will assess the courses that have fulfilled their requirements for the Peace and Justice Concentration and will explore the religious, philosophical and social/ethical concerns of their undergraduate education. Each participant will prepare and present a paper which assesses how her/his courses have met the goals of the concentration and the University’s mission as it relates to the concern for justice.

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