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Peace and Justice Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

Administrative Office
Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 232
Phone: (415) 422-4379 or 422-2910
 Keally McBride, Director

The Peace and Justice Studies Program offers an analysis of conditions that lead to war, violence and injustice as well as opportunities to develop a vision for a peaceful and just society and an appreciation of how one can contribute towards that goal. Ranging from the local to the global levels, the classes enable students to examine impediments to peace and justice-such as militarism, repression, violence, racism, sexism, underdevelopment and environmental decay-as well as ideas, strategies, social movements, and theological and philosophical approaches that seek to build a just and peaceful society. Students must also complete an internship with any of a wide range of peace and human rights groups in the Bay Area or beyond.

Peace and Justice Studies Minor Requirements

The Peace and Justice Studies Minor requires completion of five 4-credit courses (20 credits), chosen from the following categories:

Required Introductory Course:
Choose one course (4 credits) in three of the following four categories, for a total of twelve (12) credits:

Peace and Conflict:

  • POLS - 341 Nonviolence in Theory and Practice
  • POLS - 350 International Law and Organizations
  • POLS - 351 Global Conflict Resolution
  • POLS - 354 International Relations of the Middle East
  • POLS - 381 Feminist International Relations
  • POLS - 392 Diplomacy and Colonialism and Empire
  • SOC - 227 Violence in Society
  • SOC - 333 Nationalism and Citizenship
  • SOC - 390 Religious Conflicts Change
  • HIST - 341 Feast and Famine: A History of Food
  • HIST - 386 History of U.S.-China Relations
  • MS - 204 Media, Stereotyping, and Violence
  • MS - 350 Human Rights and Film
  • SPAN - 445 Cultures in Contact and Conflict Christians, Muslims and Jesus in Pre-Modern Spain
  • ENVA - 360 International Environmental Politics
  • ENVA - 390 Global Environmental Politics     

Social and Economic Justice:

  • (ECON - 230) Environmental Economics
  • ECON - 372 Economic Development
  • ECON - 476 / ECON - 676 Natural Resource Economics and Development Policy
  • POLS - 322 Politics of American Justice
  • POLS - 345 Global Economic Justice
  • (POLS - 348) Politics and Development in Africa
  • POLS - 352 / BAIS 352 Human Rights and Global Change
  • SOC - 226 Social Problems (Summer)
  • SOC - 302 Global Inequalities and Social Justice
  • SOC - 304 U.S. Inequalities and Social Justice
  • SOC - 322 Resistance to Corporate Globalization Martin Baro - Rhetoric
  • SOC - 325 Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity
  • COMS - 372 Communication, Disability, and Social Justice

Ethical Approaches:

  • POLS - 317 Religion and Politics
  • PHIL - 195 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL - 203 Social and Philosophy (Summer)
  • PHIL - 308 Liberation Philosophy
  • PHIL - 370 Philosophy of Action
  • PHIL - 375 Prisons and Punishment
  • PHIL - 376 Philosophy of Social Justice
  • THRS - 305 Feminist Theology from the Third World
  • (THRS - 318) Religious Nonviolence and the Politics of Interpretation
  • THRS - 361 Religion and the Environment
  • (THRS - 384) Religion and Nonviolence
  • THRS - 390 Religious Ethics
  • THRS - 404 Environmental Ethics
  • THRS - 404 Environmental Ethics
  • ENGL - 370 Ethics, Writing, and Culture
  • ANTH 390 Law and Culture
  • INTD - 350 Davies Sem

Social and Movements:

Required Internship

Choose one of the following (4 credits)

  • POLS - 397 Fieldwork in Public Interest Organizations
  • SOC - 395 Fieldwork in Sociology
  • ENVA - 396 Environmental Studies Internship
  • BAIS - 396 International Internship