Peace and Justice Studies explores issues of human rights, social justice, peace, violence, and conflict, exploring their connections and distinctions through an interdisciplinary curriculum that stimulates students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to face global challenges. Peace and Justice Studies takes a multidimensional, intersectional approach to justice as a prerequisite for peace.

Peace and Justice Studies stands with Black Lives Matter and those protesting for racial and social justice. Without justice there can be no peace. This is a pivotal moment which holds the potential for transformative social change.

Read PJS’s full statement here.

Photos by core faculty member Erik Ponder, Washington DC, August 28, 2020.


The Minor in Peace and Justice Studies includes course work, a capstone paper, and electives such as an internship, study abroad, service learning, and independent study. 


Core faculty in the Peace and Justice Studies Specialization have expertise in the areas of anthropology, history, political science, philosophy, education, agriculture, environmental science, and law. 

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