Minor and Concentration

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The Center for Peace & Justice Education offers both a minor and concentration in Peace & Justice Education. Our interdisciplinary curriculum is firmly rooted in Villanova’s Augustinian tradition of education in the service of world peace and social justice, with particular emphasis on the poor and marginalized in society. As such, it offers courses which speak to a variety of issues, both timeless and pressing, to help students learn about corrosive social structures and articulate models more supportive of peace and justice.

Participating in the program in general, and obtaining a minor or concentration in particular, thus connects students to Villanova’s celebrated tradition of unifying heart and mind, and complements all majors offered by the University.

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

A student must take 24 credit hours, including all requirements for the minor plus two additional Peace & Justice courses, courses cross-listed by Peace & Justice, or courses otherwise earning Peace and Justice credit. Note: No more than three foundational courses may receive credit for the concentration. No more than three 1-credit courses may receive credit for the concentration.

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.