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The interdisciplinary curriculum of the Center for Peace and Justice Education is rooted in Villanova’s Augustinian tradition of education in the service of peace and social justice, with particular emphasis on the poor and marginalized in society.  Students are prepared to understand the essential elements of a moral and just society, reflect on models for socially responsible resolution of injustice and conflict, and learn the necessary skills to be advocates for a just and peaceful world.

Program Highlights

The program typically offers about eleven courses each semester, with new courses continually being developed to reflect emerging peace and justice concerns. Courses cover an array of academic areas, including Theology and Religious Studies, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Communication, English, and Political Science. Faculty members who teach the courses reflect the same diversity of disciplines. Some courses are specific to Peace and Justice Studies, while others are cross-listed from other departments. Fulfillment of the requirements for a minor or concentration is acknowledged on the student's transcript. Students interested in a minor or concentration in Peace & Justice, should formally apply early in their academic careers. Earning a minor or concentration in Peace & Justice Studies is facilitated both by the relevance of the courses to students’ lives and by the significant number of courses from other major departments which count toward the requirements. In addition, many Peace and Justice courses satisfy diversity and writing enriched requirements.

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Peace & Justice Major

MAJOR (30 credits/10 courses) The major in Peace and Justice Studies is offered in collaboration with the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies.  To complete the major, students take five required courses (PJ 2800: Race, Class, and Gender; GIS 2000: Intro to Global Interdisciplinary Studies; PJ 2993: Internship; GIS Senior Capstone 1: Research; GIS Senior Capstone 2: Thesis) and five elective courses in Peace and Justice, courses with a Peace and Justice attribute, or courses otherwise earning Peace and Justice credit.  Electives should be determined in consultation with the program director and tailored to the student’s field(s) of interest.

Peace & Justice Minor

MINOR (18 credits/6 courses) To complete a minor in Peace and Justice, students must take six courses, including one of the foundational courses (PJ 2250 Violence and Justice in the World; PHI 2450 Catholic Social Thought; PJ 2700 Peacemakers and Peacemaking; PJ 2800 Race, Class, and Gender; PJ 2900 Ethical Issues in Peace and Justice) and five other courses in Peace and Justice, courses with a Peace and Justice attribute, or courses otherwise earning Peace and Justice credit.

Note: No more than three foundational courses may receive credit for the minor. No more than three 1-credit courses may receive credit for the minor.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

To obtain a Minor, a student must take 18 credit hours, including:
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FOUNDATIONAL COURSES

  • PJ 2250 Violence and Justice in the World
  • PHI 2450 Catholic Social Thought
  • PJ 2700 Peacemakers and Peacemaking
  • PJ 2800 Race, Class and Gender
  • PJ 2900 Ethical Issues in Peace and Justice

AND

  • Five other courses in Peace and Justice, courses cross-listed by Peace and Justice, or courses otherwise earning Peace and Justice credit. 

NOTE: No more than three foundational courses may receive credit for the minor. No more than three 1-credit courses may receive credit for the minor.

Curriculum Committee

Kathryn Getek Soltis, Chair
Jenny Joyce
Mary Beth Simmons
Connie Titone

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