Peace and Social Justice

The Peace and Social Justice minor will empower you to work for change. You will learn to examine the theories and practices that inform social justice causes, such as racial equality, human rights, gender equity, freedom of gender expression, conservation of the environment, economic equality, and an end to poverty and violence. In addition you will put your learning into action by getting involved in a campaign for social justice.

Our offerings in Peace and Social Justice will allow you to explore the complexity of social justice issues, identify the roots of inequality, introduce you to a broad range of social justice practices and strategies, and prepare your for advocacy and activism. Through coursework, you will gain a deeper understanding of the possibilities and limitations of individual action in addressing social problems and of the importance of collective action and coalition building. Through engagement with social movements and efforts for justice both historically and today, you can begin to build the skills to become an effective advocate for creating a more just world.

Our program emphasizes active learning. We involve our students in ongoing struggles to define and achieve social justice locally and globally. Students who minor in Peace and Social Justice Studies are encouraged to explore opportunities relevant to the minor through fieldwork, experiential learning, internships, and study abroad. The program is enriched through our partnership with Social Justice and Community Impact and the Marshall Multicultural Center, which provide advising, on and off-campus programs and assistance in identifying internships and other forms of experiential learning.

This interdisciplinary minor includes coursework around the legal, political, historical, economic, social, psychological, and artistic dimensions of social justice; students can explore social justice topics through literature as well as politics, through journalism as well as film, through dance and philosophy.

Faculty representing many departments and programs across campus contribute courses to the Peace and Justice Studies Minor, representing a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies.

For more information, contact:
Karen M. McCormack, co-coordinator
Kim Miller, co-coordinator

Minor requirements

Courses in the minor provide students with an opportunity to approach social justice as a practical as well as an intellectual problem. This is a five-course minor. As outlined on the minor worksheet, students will take one of three gateway courses – either Individual and Society PHIL 121, Contemporary Social Problems SOC 104 or Introduction to Women’s Studies WGS 101. These gateway courses introduce students to key social justice issues and explore fundamental questions regarding the role and responsibility of the individual and the collective is securing justice. In addition, students will take two 200 level classes and two 300 level classes.

Peace & Social Justice Minor

The minor in peace and social justice consists of minimum five courses.

One of the following gateway courses
PHIL 121 Citizen and Society
SOC 104 Contemporary Social Problems
WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies

Of the following four elective courses, at least one course must focus on the United States and at least one course must have a global focus.

Two of the following 200-level courses
ANTH 210 Feast or Famine: The Ecology and Politics of Food
ANTH 245 Indigenous Movements of Latin America
ANTH 260 Gender and Development
ARTH 263 African American Art
CLAS 266 Gender, Power and the Gods
ECON 222 Economics of Race and Racism

ECON 233 Sweatshops in the World Economy
ECON 241 Women in United States Economy
ECON 242 Economics of Education
ECON 252 Urban Economics
ECON 262 Health Economics
ECON 298 Enterprising Non-Profits
EDUC 240 Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
EDUC 250 Schooling in America
ENG 209 African American Literature and Culture
ENG 245 African Literature
ENG 247 Feminist Fiction
ENG 251 Introduction to World Cinema
ENG 298 Century of War
HIST 213 The History of the Civil Rights Movement
HIST 220 Latinos in the U.S.
HIST 233 United States Women, 1790-1890
HIST 234 United States Women since 1890
ITAS 235 Italian Women Writers in Translation
ITAS 330 Modern Italian Theatre
MATH 217 Voting Theory
MUSC 212 World Music: Africa and the Americas
MUSC 223 Music of South America and Mexico
MUSC 224 Music of the Caribbean Basin: A Continent of Islands
MUSC 272 African American Originals I: Spirituals, Blues and All That Jazz
PHIL 242 Medical Ethics
PHIL 255 Feminism, Philosophy and the Law
POLS 271 African American Politics
PSY 251 Multicultural Psychology
REL 108 Engaged Buddhism
REL 142 Religion and Sexuality
REL 232 Faith after the Holocaust
REL 242 Religion and Ecology
SOC 200 Social Movements
SOC 210 Inequality
SOC 230 Race and Ethnicity
SOC 240 Conflict and Genocide
SOC 245 How Organizations Work
SOC 260 Gender Inequality
SOC 270 Immigration
THEA 215 Theatre and Social Change
WGS 228 Transnational Feminisms

Two of the following 300-level courses
ANTH 311/SOC 311/WGS 311 Violence against Women
ARTH 312 Contemporary African Arts
ARTH 370 Women at Work: Art History and Feminism
ECON 309 Labor Economics and Industrial Relations
EDUC 375 Issues in Early Care and Education
ENG 349 Harlem Renaissance and Modernity
ENG 356 Third Cinema
ENG 377 Feminist Criticism
HISP 300 Spanish Practicum Internship
Spanish Civil War
HISP 400 Verbal and Visual Memory in 20th & 21st Century in Latin America
HIST 337 Power and Protest in the United States
HIST 338 United States Labor History

ITAS 330 Modern Italian Theatre
MUSC 309 Music Nationalism and Identity
PHIL 321 Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
POLS 307 Freedom and Justice
POLS 323 Comparative Political Development
POLS 327 Black Political Thought
POLS 333 Popular Movements and Religious Sentiment in the Americas
POLS 337 Power and the State
POLS 347 Islamic Political Thought
POLS 357 Violence and Revolution
PSY 326 Political Psychology
PSY 398 Moral Development
REL 342 Liberation Theology
SOC 310 Gender and Nation
WGS 315 Black Feminist Theory
WGS 401 Feminist Theory and Practice

Vicki L. Bartolini

Professor of Education; Chair, Department of Education

Karen McCormack

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; Co-Coordinator, Peace and Social Justice Minor; Co-coordinator, Journalism Studies

Kim Miller

Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and Art History; Jane Oxford Keiter '64 Endowed Professorship; Coordinator, Women's & Gender Studies; Co-Coordinator, Peace & Social Justice Minor