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Peace and Justice Studies


Learn more about major/minor requirements in the College Catalog

See a sample of Peace and Justice Studies class syllabi
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Peace and Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that seeks to educate students about the interrelated nature of problems confronting modern societies. These include different forms of violence, inequality, and oppression leading to wars, poverty, racism, sexism, global imbalances of power, and ecological destruction. The program allows students to explore local, national, and international issues of violence and injustice along with practical strategies for developing or enhancing peace and justice.

Peace Studies majors/minors will take a wide-range of classes in Religious Studies, History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Anthropology.


The minor expanded from "Peace Studies" to "Peace and Justice Studies" in 2014


Requirements for a minor: Students may complete a minor in Peace and Justice Studies with five courses in at least three different disciplines (20 hrs.).  At least three of the courses must be chosen from the list below. Two additional courses may come from this list or may be from “peace and justice friendly” courses which are announced each semester. These courses must contain 50% content on issues of peace and/or justice.

  • COMM 2400  Communication Ethics
  • COMM 3400  Studies in Intercultural Communication (*CEL course)
  • PHIL 2120  Environmental Ethics (*CEL course)
  • PHIL 2240  Philosophy of Violence
  • RLST 2620  Christian Liberation: Race and Sex
  • RLST 2790  Religion, Peace, and Justice (*CEL course)
  • EDUC 3270  Educating for Leadership and Promoting Peace (*CEL course)
  • EDUC 3280  Child Development in Context (*CEL course)
  • HIST 3500  The Twice Promised Land
  • HIST 3260  Women (and Men) in America
  • PLSC 3410-12  International Organizations/Model United Nations 
  • PLSC 4400  Peace, Conflict Resolution, and International Security (prerequisite waived for Peace and Justice Studies minor)
  • SOAN 2120  The Many Dimensions of Poverty (*CEL course)
  • Internship with one of the participating departments

*Community Engaged Learning (CEL) is an academic program at Millsaps College that enables students to partner traditional classroom content with practical application in the community.

Contact Dr. Kristen Golden, the Director of Peace Studies, for more information.

Self-designed Peace Studies Major Laney Lenox speaking of her time in Nepal on Gandhi Day 2012

Peace Studies Minors Chelsey Overstreet and Laura Cost at Sherabling Monastery, Bir, Himachel Pradesh, India in 2011