Professor Heller, Coordinator

The Peace and Justice Studies Concentration offers an interdisciplinary program examining conditions for bringing about a just and peaceful world order. The field of Peace and Justice Studies relates scholarship to practice and challenges those who engage in it to develop new ways of thinking and acting in the world. The concentration complements and builds upon other academic areas to prepare a student for graduate studies or service following graduation and to deepen a student’s liberal arts education. Students from any major may earn a Peace and Justice Studies Concentration.

Six units are required. Of these six units one must be PEAC 201.  For the other five units, students may choose from the list of electives below, and students should see the concentration coordinator for additional special topics courses, INQ courses, and independent studies that can be counted toward the concentration.  While PEAC 201 is not a pre-requisite to the other courses, taking PEAC 201 as early as possible is recommendedThe group of courses used to meet the requirements of the concentration must contain at least three units which are not used to satisfy the student’s major requirements. Each course may fulfill no more than two requirements (major, concentration, or INQ).  Each academic year before spring registration, a list of electives for the following year, including courses not listed below, will be advertised by email, posted on fliers, and available through the concentration coordinator. 

I.     Required Course (one unit):
PEAC 201                     Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies

II.    Elective Courses (Five units, of which a maximum of three may be in one division: humanities, social sciences, or sciences. If taking PEAC 406 or PEAC 416, remaining electives must be in two or more divisions.)
CJUS/POLI 214           Judicial Process
CJUS 326/SOCI 326   Comparative Corrections
COMM 360                  Studies in Intercultural Communication
ECON 237                     Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 267                     Labor Economics
ENGL 312                     Studies in the Cross-Cultural Imagination
HIST 262                      U.S. Women’s History
HIST 246/RELG 246 The Holocaust
PEAC 406                     Independent Study
PEAC 416                     Peace and Justice Internship
PHIL 205                      Moral Philosophy
PHIL 206                      Social Philosophy
PHIL 212                      Environmental Philosophy
POLI 232                       International Organizations
POLI 333                       Global Political Economy
POLI 351                       Environmental Public Policy
POLI 352                       Human Rights Policy
POLI 333                       Global Political Economy
RELG 220                     Christian Ethics
SOCI 215                      Social Movements
SOCI 224                      Race and Ethnicity
SOCI 234                      Social Problems
SOCI 327                      Religion and Culture
SOCI 335                      Global Population Problems
SOCI 337                      Environmental Sociology

201 Introduction to Peace & Justice Studies
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of peace and justice studies, examining the major areas within the field. (1)
Lecture: 3hrs/wk.

406 Independent Study
Taught on an individual basis arranged by the student with the professor in the relevant academic discipline, in coordination with the director of the Peace and Justice Studies concentration.  Requirements will be in line with other independent studies supervised in that academic discipline. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: PEAC 201.

416 Peace and Justice Internship
Supervised by the director of the Peace and Justice Studies concentration.  Requirements will be in line with other internship courses and will include the following: the student will fulfill 110 hours at the work site; gain a better understanding of workplace culture through at least 10 hours of meetings and/or equivalent with coordinator and/or fellow interns; track internship experience through a daily journal; prepare an internship report that adheres to standard writing practices and discusses the internship experience; begin a digital portfolio on the internship work; and attend an exit interview with the Internship Coordinator. (1).
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: PEAC 201.