The Major

Peace and Justice Studies 

AN INTERDEPARTMENTAL MAJOR

The Peace and Justice Studies program provides a program of study that integrates the many areas of intellectual inquiry relating to the historical and contemporary search for a peaceful and just society and world. 

Requirements for the Peace and Justice Studies Major

Follow this link to declare Peace and Justice major or minor. 

The major and the concentration should be designed in consultation with the program director.

Students are expected to complete nine and one-half (9.5) units of coursework.

The major consists of the following:

1. Four required courses:

  • PEAC 104 Introduction to the Study of Conflict, Justice, and Peace 
  • PEAC 204 Conflict Transformation in Theory and Practice 
  • One additional 200-Level PEAC Course 
  • One 300-Level PEAC Course 

2. One of the following courses. (Students will generally need to fulfill prerequisites for these courses if required.)

  • ECON 222 Games of Strategy
  • ECON 243 The Political Economy of Gender, Race, and Class
  • HIST 206 From Conquest to Revolution: A History of Colonial Latin America
  • PEAC 205 Gender, War and Peacebuilding
  • PHIL 236 Introduction to Global Justice
  • POL2 204 Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment
  • REL 257 Contemplation and Action
  • SOC 202 Sociology of Human Rights
  • SOC 209 Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
  • SOC 221 Globalization: Around the World in Fourteen Weeks

3. Four courses above the 100 level in an area of concentration including at least one at the 300 level. Students must elect a concentration in consultation with the program directors and a faculty member knowledgeable in the area of concentration, and demonstrate the intellectual coherence of the concentration.

4. Students majoring in Peace and Justice Studies are expected to include an experiential education component in their course of study. This component is intended to provide students with experience that complements and extends their theoretical learning in the classroom and to provide an opportunity for students to develop and apply knowledge, skills and peacemaking principles to concrete situations. It should be discussed with the program director and may include Wintersession, summer or yearlong internships, course-related experiential education programs, or community service projects. Under the guidance of a Peace and Justice Studies advisory board member, students will complete a one-half unit individual study (PEAC 250H) culminating in a reflective essay on the experiential education program undertaken. 

 

Requirements for the Peace and Justice Studies Minor 

The minor in Peace and Justice Studies consistes of five units of coursework and an experiential education component. 

The minor consists of the following:

1. Two required courses:

  • PEAC 104 Introduction to the Study of Conflict, Justice, and Peace 
  • One 300-Level PEAC Course

2. One of the following courses. (Students will generally need to fulfill prerequisites for these courses if required.)

  • ECON 222 Games of Strategy
  • ECON 243 The Political Economy of Gender, Race, and Class
  • HIST 206 From Conquest to Revolution: A History of Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 263 South Africa in Historical Perspective
  • PEAC 204 Conflict Transformation in Theory and Practice
  • PEAC 205 Gender, War and Peacebuilding
  • PEAC 259 Topics in Peace and Justice Studies
  • PHIL 236 Introduction to Global Justice
  • POL1 331 Seminar: Political Organizing: People, Power, and Change 
  • POL2 204 Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment
  • REL 257 Contemplation and Action
  • SOC 202 Sociology of Human Rights
  • SOC 209 Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
  • SOC 221 Globalization: Around the World in Fourteen Weeks

3. Two additional courses above the 100 level in the student's individual area of concentration, to be chosen in consultation with the director(s) of the Program. 

4. Students minoring in Peace and Justice Studies must include an experiential education component in their course of study. This component is intended to provide students with experience that complements and extends their theoretical learning in the classroom and to provide an opportunity for students to develop and apply knowledge, skills and peacemaking principles to concrete situations. It should be discussed with the program director and may include Wintersession, summer or yearlong internships, course-related experiential education programs, or community service projects.