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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 (20 hrs.). At least three of these 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 25% content on issues of peace and/or justice, and the student must complete a major paper or project on these issues. Examples of “friendly” courses that have been offered are Race and Rhetoric, Crimes and Prisons, and The Many Dimensions of Poverty.

Choose three courses from the following list, each of which is cross-listed with a PEAC designation in each semester offered:

  • COMM 2400 Communication Ethics
  • COMM 3400 Studies in Intercultural Communication (*CEL course)
  • PHIL 2010  Social and Political Philosophy 
  • PHIL 2100  Ethics: Theories and Applications
  • PHIL 2120 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 2240  Philosophy of Violence
  • RLST 2350  Contemplative Practices
  • 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 (*CEL course)
  • PLSC 4400 Peace, Conflict Resolution, and International Security (prerequisite waived for Peace and Justice Studies minor)
  • Internship with one of the participating departments

Two more courses from the above list or from a variety of approved "Peace friendly" courses (PDF) complete the minor.

*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. Lola Williamson, 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