The Peace and Justice Program

The Peace and Justice minor program at Saint Vincent College prepares students to build a more just and peaceful world. It accomplishes this by providing students with theoretical knowledge, the capacity for critical reflection, and the skills of practical application. Grounded in the college’s Benedictine heritage and liberal arts mission, the program explores the ways societies have comprehended human nature and their successes and failures protecting human dignity. 

Requirements for a Minor in Peace and Justice

Required courses:
Peace and Justice in Historical Perspective (History) or
     Peace, Justice and Forgiveness (Theology) - 3 credits

Take five courses from the list below, three of which must be from different Schools. Students must take either two Service Learning designated courses from among the courses listed below or one Service Learning designated course from among the courses listed below and a PJS internship.
School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education   
AN 222 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits   
AN 280 Medical Anthropology - 3 credits   
PY 373 What Would Fred Rogers Do? – An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Creating Positive Social Change for Children - 3 credits (Service Learning component)     
SO 200 Race and Ethnicity - 3 credits   
SO 235 Inequality and Social Problems - 3 credits

Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government   
PS 135 Classical Political Thought - 3 credits 
PS 136 Modern Political Thought - 3 credits

School of Humanities and Fine Arts   
EL 179 The Literature of Social Protest - 3 credits   
EL 111 Green Writing: Literature and the Environment - 3 credits
EL 138 Multiethnic Literature of the U.S. - 3 credits   
EL 139 African American Literature - 3 credits   
EL 256 Sentimental Fictions: American Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century - 3 credits
PL 215 Ethics - 3 credits   
PL 217 Environmental Ethics - 3 credits
HI 226 Society and the Environment: The American Experience - 3 credits 
HI 232 Race and Ethnicity in Historical Perspective - 3 credits   
HI 2** Peace and Justice in Historical Perspective - 3 credits (Service Learning component)  
TH 2** Peace, Justice, and Forgiveness - 3 credits (Service Learning component)  
TH 250 Introduction to Moral Theology - 3 credits   
TH 255 Religion and Politics - 3 credits   
TH 265 God, Work, and Money - 3 credits   
TH 350 Holocaust Questions - 3 credits
Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing   
NSCI 140 Science and Global Sustainability and Lab - 4 credits
NSCI 252/253 Science of Sustainable Living + lab - 4 credits
NSCI 210/211 Chemistry and Crime + lab - 4 credits
Peace and Justice Studies Internship - 1 credit
Peace and Justice minor Exit Interview  - 0 credit

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    Students who complete the Peace and Justice program will be able to:

    • employ theoretical knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and information literacy skills in the study of peace and justice.
    • convey familiarity with the Catholic peace and social justice tradition.
    • approach an understanding of peace and justice concepts and issues through the lens of multiple disciplines.
    • identify concrete means of working to support peace and justice in their lives and their communities.