Peace and Justice Studies

Peace & Justice Studies

Peace & Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program that builds on the College's remarkable resources in and commitment to this area of inquiry and practice. The program approaches Peace & Justice Studies from the broad perspective of promoting human dignity and respecting human rights, within both local and global contexts – contexts shaped by political, social, cultural, religious, and historical forces. Peace and justice are basic human goods. They are conditions of human flourishing and also indications of it. Peace & Justice Studies draws on the approaches and resources of many academic disciplines to enable people to work more effectively for peace and justice, to resist and overcome oppression and violence and to envision and build better human communities. While Peace & Justice Studies has a rich and growing body of theory and empirical research at its disposal, its goal is practical: the creation of more just and peaceful societies conducive to the fuller realization of human potential.

Peace and Justice Studies major

Students complete a total of 40 credits, at least 24 of which must be completed at St. Scholastica. At least 24 of these credits must be upper-division (3000 or higher). The minimum requirement for beginning the major is a 2.3 GPA. Students interested in majoring in PJS should consult with the program coordinator. The minimum grade for courses to count toward the major is C.

Required Courses (20 credits)

PJS 2102 Introduction to Peace & Justice Studies (4 credits), PJS 3101 Theologies of Peace and Justice (4 credits), PJS/GCL 3301 Human Rights (4 credits), PJS 4555 Peace & Justice Studies Practicum/Internship (may be met though HECUA or Washington Semester) (4 credits), PJS 4401 Capstone Seminar in Peace and Justice Studies (4 credits)

Elective Courses (20 additional credits)

Students choose their remaining credits from the options listed below.  At least eight credits should be upper-division. No more than 12 credits should be taken in the same department. In addition to the courses listed below, special topics courses in ECN, HIS, HON, PHL and SOC can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Peace & Justice Studies Major with the approval of the coordinator.

Students are strongly encouraged to include PSY 3331 Statistics or PSY 3330 Research Methods in their major. Other courses in quantitative analysis or research methods can be included with the permission of the coordinator.

Peace and Justice Studies minor

Students complete 22 credits, at least 16 of which must be completed at St. Scholastica. At least 12 of these credits must be upper-division credits (3000 or higher).

The minimum requirement for beginning the minor is a 2.3 GPA. Students interested in minoring in PJS should consult with the program coordinator. The minimum grade for courses to count toward the minor is C.

Required Courses (16 credits)

PJS 2102 Introduction to Peace & Justice Studies (4 credits)
PJS 3101 Theologies of Peace and Justice (4 credits) or
PJS/GCL 3301 Human Rights (4 credits), PJS 4555 Peace & Justice Studies Practicum/Internship (may be met though HECUA or Washington Semester) (4 credits), PJS 4401 Capstone Seminar in Peace & Justice Studies (4 credits)

Elective Courses (6 additional credits)

Students choose their remaining credits from the options listed below.  In addition to the courses listed below, special topics courses in ECN, HIS, HON, PHL and SOC can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Peace and Justice Studies Minor with the approval of the coordinator.

Students are strongly encouraged to include PSY 3331 Statistics or PSY 3330 Research Methods in their minor. Other courses in quantitative analysis or research methods can be included with the permission of the coordinator.

Director:  Dr. Thomas W. Morgan

Elective Courses in Peace and Justice Studies[1]

HECUA (up to 12 credits, including internship)
Washington Semester Program (up to 12 credits, including internship)
Other study-abroad courses or programs with coordinator approval (up to 12 credits)

BIO 1103 Current Environmental Topics
BIO 1115 Global Challenges: Scientific Solutions
BIO 4170 Ecology
CHEM 1010 Chemistry and Sustainability
CTA 2525 The Media, Race & Gender
ECN 3335 Contemporary Healthcare Economic Systems
ENG 2210 Ethnic Literature
INS 1101 Introduction to American Indian Studies
INS/PHL 3301 American Indian Philosophy
INS 3320 American Indian Women
INS 4401 American Indian Law and Policy
INS/SWK 4415 American Indian Families
INS/SWK 4420 Human Behavior and the American Indian Community
GCL 1101 Introduction to Global, Cultural and Language Studies
GCL/HUM 2101 Cross-Cultural Understanding
GCL 2111 Migration, Diaspora, Identity
GCL 2201 Peaceful Resolution of International Conflicts
GCL 2480 Community Nonprofits
GCL/POL 3001 Politics of Globalization
GCL 3101 Advanced Social and Cultural Theory
GCL 3250 Voices of the Earth: Ecology and Indigenous Philosophy
GCL 3302 Europe Today
GCL/SPN 3303 The Other Americas
GCL 3305 Contemporary Africa
GCL/HIS 3307 Modern Latin American History
GCL 3401 Healthcare Across Cultures
GCL/POL 4402 Environmental Politics
GCL 4411 Strangers in Their Own Land
HSC/GER 2202 U.S. Healthcare System
HSC 3101 Health for All: A Global Perspective
HSC/TRS 3311 Religious Perspectives on Healthcare Ethics
HIS/WGS 2231 Cultural Anthropology
HIS/TRS 2320 Religion and Politics
HIS 3214 The World Since 1945
HIS 3300 Russia: Kievan Beginnings to 1917
HIS 3301/GCL 3304 Russia since 1900
HIS 3310 U.S. Foreign Relations
HIS 3321 Women in U.S. History II
HIS/WGS 3325 African American History II
HIS 3327 U.S. Economic History
HIS/WGS 3350 Feminism and Globalization
HIS 3355 Islam and the Modern World
HIS 3356 History of Modern India
HON 1101 Literature of Social Change
HON 2125 Global Sociology
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HON 3010 Be the Change Seminar
HON 3020 Be the Change Practicum
HON 4600 Global Issues After 9/11
HON 4885 The Holocaust
PHL 2205 Philosophy of Person
PHL 2223 Political Philosophy
PHL 3360 Philosophies of Feminism
POL 2001 Introduction to Political Science
POL 2280 Rethinking Religion and Culture after 9/11
PSY 3331 Statistics
PSY 3340 Psychology of Gender
PSY 3327 Social Psychology
PSY 3330 Research Methods
SOC 1125 General Sociology
SOC 2433 Family and Society
SUS 1777 Introduction to Sustainability
SWK 3360 American Social Welfare Policy
SWK 3362 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SWK 3390 Understanding Immigration/Refugee Issues
TRS 1102 Sin, Suffering, Salvation
TRS 2101 Contemporary Moral Issues
TRS/WGS 2243 Women and Religion
TRS 2601 Religions of the World
TRS 4420 A History of Justice and Mercy

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 [1] This list is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive.