Center for Peace and Justice Education


About the Center

The Center for Peace & Justice Education is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as a division of the Office for Mission and Ministry.

The academic program in Peace & Justice, open to all students in the University, offers an interdisciplinary approach to topics of peace and social justice. The course of study provides students with an opportunity to study the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching as applied to the complex problems of our time.

Courses focus on the components of a moral and just society, reflect on the alternative models for socially responsible resolution of injustice and conflict, and provide opportunities to learn the necessary skills to be advocates of a just and peaceful world. Many peace and justice courses meet requirements of the core curriculum. Students in each of the colleges of the university can complete a major or minor in Peace & Justice.

The Center for Peace & Justice Education also coordinates programming and opportunities for active engagement within and beyond the Villanova community.  The Center houses a variety of student organizations, sponsors numerous lectures and films, and presents annual awards for outstanding work in peace and justice.

Our Mission

The Center explicitly carries out the Catholic and Augustinian mission of the University by contributing to the search for peace and social justice through education rooted in the Catholic Social Tradition. Through its various components, the Center strives to help the University community 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.

Components of the Center:

Learning Goal I:
Identify barriers to justice and sources of conflict
Learning Objectives

A) Identify social, political, religious, and natural barriers that create conflict or injustice

B) Demonstrate awareness of historical and other contexts in which conflict and injustice occur

C)  Offer a careful analysis of conflict or injustice with specific examples

Learning Goal II:
Assess conditions necessary for social justice and peaceful relations
Learning Objectives

A) Identify operative normative frameworks regarding peace and justice

B) Provide a coherent argument for normative claims regarding peace and justice

C) Demonstrate sensitivity to alternative frameworks and anticipate challenges to normative claims regarding peace and justice

Learning Goal III:
Create practical strategies to realize social justice and peaceful relations
Learning Objectives

A) Articulate a practical strategy/solution to a conflict or injustice that is social, political, religious, or personal

B) Demonstrate an awareness of the complexity of practical strategies/solutions and address potential challenges

C) Demonstrate an awareness of a broad, historical view of social change, including both individual/small-scale action as well as systemic/large-scale initiatives


Updated 9/29/16 by the CPJE Assessment Committee
Approved 10/19/16 by CPJE Faculty/Staff

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Alumni Corner

CPJE Alumni

This page is a forum for contact among alumni of our program. In addition, it provides information to prospective students about graduates of our program. Only graduates of our program who have provided us with the following information and indicated that they would like to be included on this web page will be listed below.

To Stay in Contact with Peace & Justice Network

Student and Alumni Peace & Justice Dinner

An impressive group of Peace and Justice alumni expressed an interest in creating a network of mentors for current Peace and Justice minors and concentrators. They came together on March 23, 2014 after much planning they hosted a dinner in the Villanova room where past and present Peace and Justice students could connect. A panel of 3-4 alumni spoke before dinner which was followed by a dialogue with various alumni over the course of the meal.They shared their experiences, offered networking opportunities, and discussed how they have integrated an education in peace and justice into their careers, their families, and their overall lives beyond graduation.

The current Peace and Justice minors and concentrators raved about this experience.The efforts of the Peace and Justice alumni has created a connection among the two groups that will foster many more P&J happenings in the future!

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Center for Peace & Justice Education

Villanova University 
Corr Hall, 106
800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085
cpje@villanova.edu

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