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. Students may not earn college credit for both PEAC 2000 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies and for FYCS 1010 Is Peace Possible. One or the other may be counted toward the minor.
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COMM 2400 Communication Ethics (4 sem. hours).
A study of ethical issues involved in the creation and consumption of media products. This course will engage a variety of ethical theories and apply them to contemporary media issues. May be used to satisfy the historical/cultural/theoretical requirement for the major. Offered in alternate years.
COMM 3400 Studies in Intercultural Communication (4 sem. hours).
The specific content will vary, but this course will consider the relationship between communication and culture through study of communications within and between ethnic groups, social classes, and other communities. Topics could include communication between or within genders and racial/ethnic groups and ethnography and communicative environments. May be used to satisfy the historical/cultural/ theoretical requirement for the major. Prerequisite: COMM 2000 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered every three years.
EDUC 3600 Child Development in Context (4 sem. hours).
In this field-based course, students design and implement strategies to foster child self-regulation in classrooms at a local high poverty elementary school. The course examines the role of social context in child development with special attention to the ways in which classroom practices can reproduce or disrupt the inequities associated with poverty. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.
EDUC 3650 Educating Future Leaders for Peace and Non-Violence (4 sem. hours).
A field-based course in which students implement a nonviolence program for children. The course will survey techniques for developing leadership, tolerance, and conflict resolution skills in young people. Offered occasionally.
HIST 3260 Women (and Men) in America (4 sem. hours).
An interdisciplinary examination of the history of women and the ways in which they have interacted with men and male-dominated institutions over the course of American history. The course will employ works of literature, art, film, and music among its means of exploring the changing lives of women and men in America. Offered in alternate years.
HIST 3500 Topics in Middle Eastern History (4 sem. hours).
An interdisciplinary examination of a particular topic, period, or region in Middle Eastern history. The topics, which include the Twice-Promised Land and Islam in History, will change from year to year. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered in alternate years.
PEAC 2000 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies (4 sem. hours).
The goal of this course is to clarify student views about the extent to which alternatives to violence are possible. The course shall draw from historical writings, memoirs, philosophy, religious text, and policy documents emerging after WWI. The selected readings attempt to explain why violence erupts and how peace is sown. Students shall collaborate with one another and with the local community on projects connecting to the possibility of, and questions about, peace. Students may not earn credit toward the Peace and Justice Studies minor for both PEAC 2000 and FYCS 1010 “Is Peace Possible?”.
FYCS 1010: Ventures in Problem Solving and Creative Practice & Integrative and Collaborative Learning (4 sem. hours).
Courses explore a problem or tightly focused set of problems. Students investigate relevant issues from multiple perspectives and propose possibilities for resolution. The students engage in project-based work, collaborative learning, creative risk-taking, and adaptive strategies for problem-solving. Course topics will be diverse and from a variety of disciplines. Offered every Fall. (Counts only when class is called "Is Peace Possible?")
PHIL 2120 Environmental Ethics (4 sem. hours).
An introduction to conceptual and ethical issues concerning the environment, including topics such as the definition of “nature” and “technology,” major types of environmentalism, green politics, wilderness preservation and restoration, deforestation, animal rights, transgenic crops, pesticides, population control, pollution, and sustainable practices. Offered occasionally.
PHIL 2240 Philosophy of Violence (4 sem. hours).
An introduction to the conceptual, ethical, and psychological issues of violence, including topics such as violence that has traditionally been hard for people to pay attention to because of its horrific nature, the politics and physiology of torture, the machines and structures of war, the inflammatory writings of sexual deviant Sade, and the forgotten history of what is today called “trauma.” Two populations that emerge for our studies are male survivors with combat trauma and female survivors of rape and domestic abuse. Offered occasionally.
PLSC 3610 International Organizations/Model United Nations (4 sem. hours).
Examination of recent trends in the globalization and regionalization of political, social, and economic issues. A substantial part of the course will focus on the United Nations system. Through research and role-play (including participation in model UN situations), the course will examine several different areas of the UN’s work. Offered every other year.
PLSC 2600 Peace, Conflict Resolution, and International Security (4 sem. hours).
This course will focus on issues of peace and international security. The course will seek to stimulate a wider awareness and appreciation of the search for peaceful resolution to strife in all its forms. Offered every other year.
RLST 2620 Christian Liberation: Race and Sex (4 sem. hours).
In this course, students investigate the roots of liberation theology within Christian thought and practice, encounter the ground-breaking texts of early liberation theologians, and discuss what is at stake in discussions of Christian liberation. Students will engage with Latina/o, feminist, black, womanist, and queer theology. Offered every other year in the spring semester.
RLST 2790 Religion, Peace, and Justice (4 sem. hours).
An examination of the history and literature of peace advocacy with an emphasis on religious approaches to cultivating peace. An Arguments course. Offered every year in the fall semester starting Fall 2017.
SOAN 2120 The Many Dimensions of Poverty (4 sem. hours).
An introductory course examining American poverty as a problem for individuals, families, and societies. This course examines historical and contemporary conceptualizations and measurements of poverty, causes of poverty, and the legal, political, and social implications of poverty for society. Offered every year in the spring semester.