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Peace and Justice

Course Requirements

Five courses are required for this minor. They include:

1st Course: Core  (100-level)

  • IDIS 191: Life Walk of Justice: Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies - Course Description: In this course students will be encouraged to identify and analyze (in)justice in our own lives, communities and world.  In addition to course readings, we will use the contemplative practices of memoir and walking as resources for critical thinking.  A majority of the course will involve students developing responses to (in)justice through various projects that reflect students’ own passion and design, including academic, artistic, political, social, service-oriented, and personal responses. (M3); Jasper and Denton-Borhaug

2nd and 3rd Courses: Religion, Peace, and Justice (200-level)

Students will choose two from a selection of courses in the Religion, Sociology, Philosophy, and additional departments that focus on the nexus of religion, peace and justice.  


  • IDIS/REL 296: Civil Rights and Moral Life; Denton-Borhaug and Mayer
  • PHIL 299: Philosophy of Law; Naraghi
  • PHIL/REL 250: Environmental Ethics; Falla
  • REL/PHIL 294: What is Peace?; Denton-Borhaug
  • REL 210: Christian Ethics, War and Just Peacemaking; Denton-Borhaug
  • REL 240: Jewish and Christian Feminism; Denton-Borhaug
  • REL/WGSS 240: Religion and Feminist/Gender Studies; Denton-Borhaug
  • REL 245: Religion and Politics; Denton-Borhaug
  • REL 246: War and Peace in the Biblical World; Radine
  • REL 255: Liberation Theology with Travel Seminar; Denton-Borhaug
  • REL 262: Religion and Capitalism; Cheung
  • REL 295A: Ecological Theology; Falla
  • REL 370: The Problem of Evil; Naraghi 
  • SOC 268: Nation, Religion and Region in India; Jasper

4th Course: Structures and Ideas (100 or 200-level)

Students choose one course in the applied analysis of peace and justice issues in specific social, political, economic, and cultural systems; and/or on how peace and justice are theorized.  These courses may be based in Political Science, Sociology, History, Philosophy, and additional departments and programs of the college.


  • ART 212: Artists as Activists; Torok
  • EDU 160: Culture, Community, Diversity: Introduction to Cultural Diversity; Education Faculty
  • ENG 263: Writing as Activism; Hinnefeld
  • ENG 344:  Native American Literature; Tabor
  • FORL 214: Immigration/Exile/Displacement Latin American Literature; Roibal Fernández
  • IDIS 104: Experience of Literature: War in the 20th and 21st centuries; Gal
  • IDIS 299: PM Exploring Conflict; Graber
  • MGMT 310: Doing Good at Work; Marabella
  • MUS 191: Music and the Social Conscience;  Torok
  • POSC 245: Politics of the Third World; Farbod
  • PSYC 290: Psychology of Activism; Zaremba
  • SPAN 345: Agency, Citizenship & Identity in the Southern Cone; Yozell

5th Course:  Peace and Justice-Making Praxis (Practicum and Capstone; 385 level)   

This course will round out the minor by connecting students’ previous learning with concrete practice.  Students may choose a form of community service, work with a non-profit or other community organization, or some other form of “hands on” learning with an emphasis on justice and peace-building that suits the particular design of their educational direction in the minor.  Prior to beginning the course, students will write a rationale to explain why their proposed practicum fits into the minor’s framework; this must be approved by the co-directors before the student proceeds.  

In addition to their “hands on” experience, and meetings with their faculty/community mentor, all students in the practicum/capstone will meet jointly a minimum of 2 times over the course of the semester with program faculty for a “Vocational Reflection Circle (VCR)”.  To facilitate this goal, students will return to the memoir they wrote as a part of their “Lifewalk” course and complete two additional chapters: 1) a chapter that traces and analyzes student learning in the minor; 2) a chapter comprising the student’s reflection on the connections between these experiences, and his/her life and vocational aspirations.