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Peace and Justice Studies Minor

The Peace and Justice Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to help shape a more just and peaceful world. Courses familiarize students with the major ideas, concepts, and theories of peace and justice; detailed knowledge of problems, issues, and challenges such as poverty, racism, and war; and various approaches to solutions.


  • Minor consists of six courses
  • There are two required: PJ101, Introduction to Peace & Justice Studies and PJ301, Theories of Peace & Justice
  • Of the four electives, at least one must come from courses we have called Descriptive and at least one from Normative/Theoretical courses; they usually involve a moral judgment on existing societies, study of alternative possibilities, and analysis of the moral values at stake
  • The remaining two electives are free electives but normally should be courses from the Descriptive list, the Normative/Theoretical list or PJ302

Free Electives

Descriptive Courses
Courses seen as descriptive are those that primarily involve the empirical study of the economic, political, social, and cultural realities of society, and the historical events that produce them.

BI305 Biosphere at Risk PO224 International Organizations: United States
BI328 Conservation Biology PO230 The Politics of Rich and Poor States
CH120 Chemistry and Society PO248 Public Policy Process
CH260 Environmental Chemistry PO250 Gender and Politics
CJ102 Comparative Models of Justice PO353 Politics of Diversity
CJ/SO221 Deviance & Social Control PY209 Political Psychology
CJ223 White Collar Crime PY211 Cross Cultural Psychology
CJ231 Juvenile Justice System SO204 Sociology of Aging, Dying, & Death
CJ350 Victims of Crime and Social Injustice SO206 Social Problems
CJ361 Women & Crime SO230 Social Movements
CJ367 Special Topics (subject to approval of program director) SO255 Social Welfare: Poverty & Public Policy
EC222 Women and Men in Business SO309 Gender & Society
EC245 Labor Economics SO330 Race & Ethnic Relations
EC343 History of Economic Thought SO333 Sociology of Genocide
GE212 Cultural Geography SO334 Global Society
GE221 Economic Geography SO335 Law & Society
HIXXX Any history appropriate to theme SO342 Social Stratification: Structures of Social Inequality
PO106 International Relations SO343 Economy & Society
PO214 International Law SO351 Special Topics (subject to approval of program director)

Normative/Theoretical Courses

Courses seen as normative/theoretical primarily use models and theories to draw conclusions from past and present experience. They usually involve a moral judgment on existing societies; study of alternative possibilities; and analysis of the moral values at stake.

CJ201 Theories & Practice of Punishment PO275 Human Rights
CJ225 Law in Theory & Practice PO347 Justice and War International Relations
PH Integrated Studies Seminar: Social Justice PO356 Liberalism, Pluralism, and Community
PH240 19th Century Philosophy PO442 Selected Topics
PH332 Political Philosophy PO359 Contemporary Christian Political Thought
PH333 Business Ethics PO201 The Problem of Freedom
PH335 Philosophy of Law SO325 Social Theory
PH343 Marxism TH354 Liberation Theology
PH450 Philosophy Seminar (subject to approval of program director) TH372 Christian Social Ethics
PH455 Integrated Studies Seminar (subject to approval of program director)
TH369 Special Topics (subject to approval of program director)