Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Freshman English Core Requirement
Language Language
PJ 101 PJ 301

The interdisciplinary Peace and Justice Studies major 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.

Major requirements include:

Requirements for the program include five core courses which provide an introduction to major themes.

  • PJ 101 - Introduction to Peace and Justice
  • PJ 301 - Theories of Peace and Justice
  • PJ 302 - Conflict Resolution

  • SO 211 - Research Methods
  • or
  • PO 203 - Political Science Research Methods
  • or
  • CJ 202 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice

  • PJ 400 - Senior Seminar

Additional requirements include:

In consultation with her/his advisor, the student will select a minimum of four elective courses developed around a major theme (e.g. international conflict, conflict resolution, social inequality, gender or race, etc.). These will include a minimum of two descriptive courses and two normative/theoretical courses. In addition, students will immerse themselves in the issues of peace and justice through an experiential component involving service learning, internships, and/or study-abroad in appropriate settings. 

    Elective Courses, Peace and Justice Major (4 courses)

    Students will complete a minimum of four of the following electives. At least two must be selected from the Descriptive courses and at least two from the Normative/Theoretical.

      Descriptive

      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.

      • BI 205 - Biosphere at Risk
      • BI 328 - Conservation Biology
      • BU 222 - Women and Men in Business
      • CH 120 - Chemistry and Society
      • CH 260 - Environmental Chemistry
      • CJ 102 - Comparative Models of Justice

      • CJ 221 - Deviance and Social Control
      • or
      • SO 221 - Deviance and Social Control

      • CJ 223 - White Collar Crime
      • CJ 231 - Juvenile Justice System
      • CJ 350 - Victimology
      • CJ 361 - Women and Crime
      • CJ 367 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice
      • (Some would be appropriate - subject to approval of program director)
      • EC 245 - Labor Economics
      • EC 343 - History of Economic Thought
      • ED 311 - Getting Schooled: The Politics & Promise of American Education
      • ED 322 - Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education
      • HI 361 - Civil Rights Movement
      • PO 106 - International Relations
      • PO 214 - International Law
      • PO 224 - International Organization and Global Governance
      • PO 230 - The Politics of Rich and Poor States
      • PO 248 - Public Policy Process
      • PO 250 - Gender and Politics
      • PO 326 - Latin American Politics
      • PO 333 - Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding
      • PO 353 - Politics of Diversity
      • PY 209 - Political Psychology
      • PY 211 - Cross Cultural Psychology
      • SO 204 - Sociology of Aging, Dying, and Death
      • SO 206 - Social Problems
      • SO 230 - Social Movements: People, Power and Change
      • SO 255 - Social Welfare: Poverty and Public Policy
      • SO 309 - Gender and Society
      • SO 330 - Race and Ethnic Relations
      • SO 332 - Peace, Conflict, and War
      • SO 333 - Sociology of Genocide
      • SO 334 - Global Society
      • SO 335 - Law and Society
      • SO 342 - Social Inequality
      • SO 343 - Economy and Society
      • SO 344 - Political Sociology
      • SO 351 - Special Topics in Sociology
      • (Some would be appropriate - subject to approval of program director)

      Normative/Theoretical

      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.

      • CJ 225 - Legal Justice Seminar
      • CM 318 - Intercultural Communication
      • CM 325 - Special Topics in Communication
      • some would be appropriate

        (Some would be appropriate - Subject to approval of program director)

      • PH 240 - Nineteenth Century Philosophy
      • PH 332 - Political Philosophy
      • PH 333 - Business Ethics
      • PH 335 - Philosophy of Law
      • PH 343 - Marxism
      • PH 450-452 - Philosophy Seminar
      • PH455: - Integrated Studies Seminar: Social Justice
      • PH 455-457 - Integrated Studies Seminars
      • PO 275 - Human Rights
      • PO 322 - Justice and War in International Relations
      • PO 348 - Political Education: Living and Learning Liberty
      • PO 356 - Our Political Moment: Liberties, Communities, and Democracy in America Today
      • PO 442 - Selected Topics in World Politics
      • (depending on the appropriateness of the course)
      • PO 259 - Contemporary Christian Political Thought
      • SO 325 - Sociological Theory
      • TH 285 - Liberation Theology
      • TH 273 - Christian Social Ethics
      • TH 399 - Special Topics in Theology
      • (Some would be appropriate-subject to approval of program director)

      Experiential Learning

      Integrative learning is a key feature of the Peace and Justice Studies major. Its aim is to provide students with the opportunity to combine insights from different disciplines so as to develop a broad understanding of the integrated nature of peace and justice; to explore how their own serious questions about faith, peace and justice are related to concrete work for peace and justice.

      In matters of peace and justice, integrative learning cannot occur without a significant focus on experience and the concrete. Through both individual and communal service learning experiences, students will engage in an "Experiential Learning Cycle" providing a framework for understanding the nuances and complexities of issues of peace and justice.

      The integrated experiential component must be broadly related to the student's senior thesis project. Additional experiential learning may include service learning, communal service projects for majors in the local community or in international experiences (i.e. Peru summer program).

      Students interested in the Peace and Justice Studies major must complete one of the following experiential learning components:

      1. Service Learning in TWO of the Peace and Justice Studies major courses OR
      2. an internship OR
      3. a program of international study or urban immersion OR
      4. an alternative experiential component as approved by the program director.