Students passionate about mending our world develop the tools they need to do so in our interdisciplinary peace and justice program.

Peace & Justice Minor Requirements

Peace & Justice Minor (six courses)

  • PEAC 200 Introduction to Peace and Justice
  • PEAC 400 Capstone in Peace and Justice
Two courses from one of the following three areas:

Economic & Environmental Justice:
  • ECON 357 Economics of Globalization
  • ENVS 300 Environmental Science
  • POLI 348 Environmental Politics
  • POLI 362 Globalization and the Developing World
  • SSCI 301 Environmental and Society
  • HIST 335 / WMGS 335 Women and Work
Human Rights & Responsibilities:
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities
  • PEAC 266 Human Dignity and Responsibility
  • PEAC 418 International Inequalities
  • RELS 318 Feminist Theology
  • RELS 333 Christian Ethics
  • WMGS 360 Feminist Theory
Conflict & Peace:
  • HIST 340 Israel/Palestine: The Roots of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • POLI 355 International Organizations
  • PEAC 266 Human Rights and Responsibilities
One ethics course (in addition to any ethics courses taken to fulfill other minor requirements). One additional course from those above or from the following three courses chosen by the student with the approval of a peace and justice adviser.
  • PEAC 389 Special Topics
  • PEAC 490 Independent Study
  • PEAC 494 Internship
Experiential Component:
Students complete 40 hours of approved and monitored field experience. This may be done through a college-sponsored trip, a course or internship, or a semester-long commitment to a social service project or agency.

Alumna Perspective

“When I was a student at SNC, I discerned a deep passion for issues surrounding social justice and international development. To ground this passion, I wanted to find an area of study in which I could gain practical knowledge. Because my interests spanned economics, psychology, religion, gender studies, business and philosophy, I did not feel satisfied choosing a single discipline. Peace and justice was an ideal fit, as it required enrollment in courses across several disciplines. Looking back now, some of these classes have been foundational for the work I have since pursued.”

Rachelle Barina ’09
Doctoral student in health care ethics