Peace and Justice Studies Minor

For a 15-credit minor in Peace and Justice Studies, students complete the following:

PO 0115Introduction to the Study of Peace and Justice3
Select three electives from the University curriculum chosen in consultation with the director of the minor9
PJ 0398Capstone Research Seminar3
Total Credits15

Students pursuing a peace and justice studies minor may also elect PJ 0298 Internship in Advocacy and Community Organizing. This internship provides students in the minor with the opportunity to understand, through direct participation, how citizens organize to empower their communities and promote policies that will benefit them. Interns are often placed with community organizations in the greater Bridgeport area and some placements include advocacy work in the state legislature in Hartford. The internship is currently an elective and not required of students in the minor.

The introductory course, PO 0115, and the concluding seminar, PJ 0398, are required for the minor. Students select three electives, with approval of the director, from courses in the University curriculum relevant to the study of peace and justice.

Below are examples of courses that fulfill the elective requirement. This list is suggestive only. Numerous other courses may also serve as electives; consult with the director for additional information.

Ethical Dimensions of Global Business Practices
Environmental Justice
Environmental Ethics
Literature of the Holocaust
Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity
The Harlem Renaissance
Who Built America? Working People in America
Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Global Crises
International Relations: Theories and Challenges
The Concept of Human Rights
Social and Political Philosophy
Utopian Politics
Northern Ireland: The Politics of War and Peace
The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender
Liberation Theology
Catholic Social Teaching
American Class Structure
Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations
Death Penalty in America