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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.

The Major and Minor are open to all students across the University.

Many PJ courses can count for core requirements and/or electives for another major. To learn more about how to integrate the Peace and Justice major or minor into your course of study, feel free to email the Director, Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis or come into the office in Corr Hall 106.

Peace & Justice Major | Apply

MAJOR (30 credits/10 courses)
The major in Peace and Justice Studies is offered in collaboration with the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies.  To satisfy the major, students must complete the following:

  • GIS 2000 Intro to Global Interdisciplinary Studies
  • PJ 2800 Race, Class, and Gender
  • 5 PJ Electives
    • PJ courses or courses with the PJ attribute
    • Three 1-credit courses with the PJ attribute can be bundled to count as one elective, e.g., COM 5300: Intergroup Dialogue (IGR)
    • Electives should be determined in consultation with the program director and tailored to the student’s field(s) of interest.
  • PJ 2993 Internship
  • GIS 6500 Senior Capstone 1: Research
  • GIS 6600 Senior Capstone 2: Thesis

APPLY

In order to declare a major in Peace and Justice Studies, students must complete two forms.*
One of the following:

AND

*Second form only required for students in the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.  All students are encouraged to set up a meeting with the Director, Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis, to discuss the major.

Peace & Justice Minor | Apply

MINOR (18 Credits/6 Courses)

To satisfy the minor, students must complete the following:

  • One Foundational Course from the following:
        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
  • Five PJ Electives
    • PJ courses or courses with the PJ attribute
    • Three 1-credit courses with the PJ attribute can be bundled to count as one elective, e.g., COM 5300: Intergroup Dialogue (IGR)
  • PJ ePortfolio (three pieces of work and short reflection)

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

Carol Anthony

Gene McCarraher

Billie Murray