Peace and Justice Studies

The peace and justice studies program provides students with the opportunity to address, in interdisciplinary courses and field experiences, some of the most central issues of our day, including the causes and possible resolutions of major conflicts and conceptions of social justice.

The goals of the Peace and Justice Studies Program are

  • To increase knowledge and awareness of basic issues of war, peace, social and environmental justice, and nonviolent resolutions to conflicts.
  • To enhance motivation to act upon these issues.
  • To provide exposure to the religious traditions and themes relating to peace and justice.
  • To develop skills needed for active involvement in the field.
  • To instill long-term commitment to this field.
  • To generate openness for the study of social, racial, and gender equality.

These goals are addressed through the minor.

Key areas covered by both programs are war, political violence, weapons proliferation, and the nuclear-zero movement; social, racial, and gender equality; economic and environmental justice; causes and resolution of conflicts; philosophies of nonviolence; strategies for community and cultural empowerment. Issues of peace and justice are discussed from both local and global perspectives. Each student who plans to receive a certificate in peace and justice studies is asked to complete a program enrollment form, which may be obtained from the program director, and to consult with the director concerning her or his selection of courses. Students who do not plan to fulfill all the requirements for a certificate are nevertheless encouraged to enroll in peace and justice studies courses. Interested students can appeal to pursue an individualized major in peace and justice studies in consultation with the director and the class dean.

Specific requirements for the certificate and the minor are detailed under Program Requirements.

Program Activities

Each semester the program hosts special events to discuss current issues in peace and justice among the wider university community. Panel discussions, guest speakers, films, and videotapes are presented on a regular basis, and audience participation is encouraged.

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Our Courses

PJST 1800. INTERNSHIP. (1 Credit)

PJST 3110. INTRODUCTION TO PEACE AND JUSTICE. (4 Credits)

Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

PJST 3210. REVELATION: NIGHTMARE OF GOD. (4 Credits)

The Book of Revelation is rich in imagery, symbolism, numerology, hidden codes, and apocalyptic overtones. Its storytelling devices, universal themes and subtext of remaining faithful to causes despite persecution, provide metaphors to interpret the biblical text in light of current world events. What insights can the book provide about historical and contemporary peace and justice struggles reported in the media? Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

PJST 3220. PEACE MAKING IN SCRIPTURE. (4 Credits)

In a time of war we will take a close look at scriptural alternatives. Both Hebrew and Christian bibles offer such alternatives through the Prophets and Jesus. We shall study key passages on the subject of peace and peacemaking from the major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial and Daniel. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

PJST 3230. BIBLICAL WOMEN OF PEACE. (4 Credits)

The course will look at 15 women of the Bible: Eve, Tamar, Miriam, Deborah, Naomi, Ruth, The Queen of Sheba, Huldah, Hannah, Ester, Abigail, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mary Magdolanene, Lydia and Salome and their role in biblical peacemaking with an eye on current peace and justice issues. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

PJST 3320. POEMS BY POETS IN TORMENT. (4 Credits)

An examination of poetry of religious or political (or simply prohuman) resistance, written by poets from a variety of cultures who have been surveilled, exiled, jailed, tortured, disappeared, sent to gulags or outright killed. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

PJST 3321. POETRY OF RESISTANCE. (4 Credits)

How does poetry help a world in crisis and social upheaval? What role does the poet play in historic social movements? We look at poetry from a variety of cultures and assess its contribution to the discourse of social justice. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

PJST 3322. PAN-AMERICAN POETIC REBELLION. (4 Credits)

This course focuses on the creation of a Pan-American poetic language of rebellion, against the constricting poetic forms of the past, and against political repressions. Iconoclastic poets such as Walt Whitman, Ruben Dario, Pablo Neruda, Allen Ginsburg, and others, form a line of influence, on each other, and every other poet who has come after them. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attribute: LALS.

PJST 3323. BIBLICAL WOMEN OF PEACE. (4 Credits)

Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

PJST 3324. GENDER, SPIRITUALITY, AND THE BIBLE. (4 Credits)

An exploration of the way in which gender plays a role in the Spiritual lines of Biblical personages, and how their spirit has been handed down through the storytelling of generations to the present biblical reality. An in depth study of the lines of David, Jonathan, Naomi, Ruth, Amar, Paul, John the Beloved disciple and others. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

PJST 3325. THE NEWS IN POEMS. (4 Credits)

What's the good of poetry in a world of crisis? Why bother? Can poetry actually do anything? W.H. Auden said that "poetry makes nothing happen," and William Carlos Williams wrote that "it is difficult to give the news in poetry," He added, however, that "thousands die each day for lack of what is found there," and Auden, that poetry survives in place where the corporate mind never goes. This course will consider poetry of religious, political, or simply pro-human resistance, written by poets from a variety of cultures who have been marginalized, servilled, exiled, jailed, tortured, disappeared, sent to gulags or outright killed. No previous knowledge or extensive reading of poetry is presupposed, only a desire to read poetry relevant to our lives. We will begin with the three weeks of excercises in the reading of poetry, to develop a common vocabulary with which to discuss the poems and deepen our understanding of poetry's place in the world. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

PJST 3999. TUTORIAL. (1-3 Credits)

Independent research and reading with supervision from a faculty member.

PJST 4970. COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL ACTION. (4 Credits)

This course will deepen students understanding of the meaning of community service and social action in America and challenge them to confront the moral issues and social commitments necessary to be members of a just democratic society. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: AMST, EP4, LALS, SL, SOCI, URST, VAL.

PJST 4990. CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND JUSTICE CREATION. (4 Credits)

This course examines the psychological, social, and philosophical foundations of peacemaking and conflict resolution drawing on theories and experience from sociology and philosophy, and to some extent theology. The course will include experiential exposure to workshops on conflict resolution and non-violent social action techniques, drawn from social justice organizations. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attribute: ICC.

PJST 4999. TUTORIAL. (1-4 Credits)

Independent research and reading with supervision from a faculty member.

Courses in Other Areas

The following courses have the PJST attribute and count toward the Peace and Justice Studies minor:

CourseTitleCredits
AFAM 3072CIVIL WARS IN AFRICA4
AFAM 3112THE SIXTIES4
AFAM 3115MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND MALCOLM X4
AFAM 3120BLACK RELIGION AND BLACK POLITICS4
AFAM 3132BLACK PRISON EXPERIENCE4
AFAM 3141WOMEN IN AFRICA4
AFAM 3148HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA4
AFAM 3633THE BRONX: IMMIGRATION, RACE, AND CULTURE4
AFAM 3720AFRICAN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
AFAM 4000AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND THE AMERICAN DREAM4
AFAM 4650SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIETY4
AMCS 3340CATHOLICISM AND DEMOCRACY4
ANTH 2650WHY JOHNNY CAN'T READ4
ANTH 3110ANCIENT CULTURES OF THE BIBLE4
ANTH 3260POLITICS OF REPRODUCTION4
ANTH 3343GHETTOS AND GATED COMMUNITIES4
ANTH 3353ANTHROPOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION4
ANTH 3470PEOPLE AND CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA4
ANTH 4490ANTHROPOLOGY OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE4
ARAB 2400APPROACHES TO ARABIC CULTURE4
BLBU 4437ST: INTERNATIONAL BUS ETHICS3
CEED 3856INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS4
CLAS 3030ATHENIAN DEMOCRACY4
COLI 4011NARRATING CHILDHOOD4
COLI 4206COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN REVOLUTION4
COMC 3268MEDIA AND NATIONAL IDENTITY4
COMC 3330PEACE, JUSTICE, AND THE MEDIA4
COMC 4222MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
COMC 4340FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION4
COMC 4360COMMUNICATION ETHICS AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE4
CPBU 4001FAIR TRADE & MICROFINANCE I3
CPBU 4003SPIRITUALITY & FAIR TRADE3
CPBU 4004ENTREPRENEURSHIP & FAIR TRADE3
CPBU 4005ST:FAIR TRADE ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
ECON 3210ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT4
ECON 3215Bronx Urban Economic Development4
ECON 3235ECONOMY OF LATIN AMERICA4
ECON 3240WORLD POVERTY4
ECON 3430ST: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS4
ECON 3570LABOR MARKET AND DIVERSITY4
ECON 3850ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS4
ECON 4005FAIR TRADE ENTREPRENEURSHIP4
ENGL 3632POSTMODERN FICTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE4
ENGL 3802LITERATURE AND IMPERIALISM4
ENGL 3964HOMELESSNESS4
ENGL 4140THE JESUIT RELATIONS4
ENGL 4150RACE AND HOLLYWOOD FILM4
ENGL 4227BLACK LITERATURE AND FILM4
ENGL 4407ROMANTICISM AND REVOLUTION4
FITV 3647GENDER, RACE, CLASS, AND TELEVISION4
FITV 4570FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE4
FITV 4676TELEVISION AND SOCIETY4
HIST 3148HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA4
HIST 3305MEDIEVAL WARFARE4
HIST 3546HISTORY OF MODERN HUMANITARIANISM4
HIST 3566WAR AND IMPERIALISM4
HIST 3789MODERN SOUTH AFRICA STORIES4
HIST 3807JAZZ AGE TO HARD TIMES4
HIST 3846THE HISTORY OF U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1974 TO PRESENT4
HIST 385220TH CENTURY U.S. RADICALISM4
HIST 3915CONTEMPORARY CHINA4
HIST 3969LATIN AMERICA AND THE U.S.4
HIST 3986RELIGION AND POLITICS IN ISLAMIC HISTORY4
HIST 4008RACE AND GENDER IN THE OLD WEST4
HIST 4308ANTISEMITISM4
HIST 4767SEMINAR: TORTURE AND THE WESTERN EXPERIENCE4
HIST 4901Marx's Capital and the History of Capitalism4
HUST 4001HUMANITARIAN ACTION4
INST 4620THE WORLD OF DEMOCRACY4
LALS 3600LATIN AMERICA: CURRENT TRENDS4
LALS 5004TESTIMONY & REVOLUTION:READING TESTIMONIOS BY MEN AND WOMEN FROM CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA4
LALS 5008CUBA:REV,LIT & FILM3,4
MAND 3040TOPICS IN MANDARIN CHINESE LITERATURE4
MGBU 3446SPECIAL TOPIC: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
MGBU 4001FAIR TRADE AND MICROFINANCE3
MGBU 4003SPIRITUALITY AND FAIR TRADE3
MGBU 4004ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND FAIR TRADE3
MGBU 4005ST:FAIR TRADE ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
MLAL 3450THE ARAB SPRING IN ARABIC LIT4
ORGL 2800U.N. AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP4
PHIL 3109ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS4
PHIL 3195POLITICAL LIBERTARIANS AND CRITICS4
PHIL 3591MEDIEVAL POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3653LATIN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3711HUMANITARIANISM AND PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3720AFRICAN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3722NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3901PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES OF FEMINISM4
PHIL 3904FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3990ENVIRONMENTAL WORLDVIEWS AND ETHICS4
PHIL 4423BUSINESS ETHICS4
PHIL 4470LINCOLN: DEMOCRATIC VALUES4
PHYS 1203ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS3
POSC 3131POLITICS, URBAN HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT4
POSC 3225HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THE LAW4
POSC 3418ISLAMIC POLITICAL THOUGHT4
POSC 3508THE POLITICS OF HUMANITARIANISM IN AFRICA4
POSC 3511WAR AND PEACE4
POSC 3516CONFLICT ANALYSIS/RESOLUTION4
POSC 3520MIDEAST AND THE WORLD4
POSC 3522UNITED NATIONS4
POSC 3526DEM TERRORISM AND MODERN LIFE4
POSC 3527UNITED NATIONS PEACE OPERATIONS4
POSC 3610POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT4
POSC 3616POLITICAL ECONOMY OF POVERTY4
POSC 3645POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION4
POSC 3915INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY4
POSC 4025YOUTH AND POLITICS4
POSC 4210SEMINAR: STATE, FAMILY, AND SOCIETY4
POSC 4400SEMINAR: GLOBAL JUSTICE4
POSC 4515SEMINAR: INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF PEACE4
POSC 4518INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION: IDEAS, DEBATES, ACTORS4
POSC 4526SEMINAR: THE POLITICS OF HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION4
POSC 4620SEMINAR: THE WORLD OF DEMOCRACY4
POSC 4900SEMINAR: DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT, AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY4
PSYC 3600MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 4310AGING AND SOCIETY4
PSYC 4340LAW AND PSYCHOLOGY4
SOCI 2420SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF RACE AND ETHNICITY4
SOCI 2505RELIGION AND SOCIAL CHANGE4
SOCI 2925MEDIA, CRIME, SEX, AND VIOLENCE4
SOCI 3044POVERTY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT4
SOCI 3102CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES AND POLICIES4
SOCI 3120CONTROVERSIES IN RELIGION AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS4
SOCI 3136INEQUALITY-WHY/EFFECTS4
SOCI 3148POPULATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES4
SOCI 3242MENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS4
SOCI 3260POLITICS OF REPRODUCTION4
SOCI 3300"RACE" AND "MIXED RACE"4
SOCI 3401GENDER, CRIME, AND JUSTICE4
SOCI 3405GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS4
SOCI 3418CONTEMPORARY IMMIGRATION IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE4
SOCI 3456MODERN AMERICAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS4
SOCI 3470GLOBAL REFUGEE MIGRATION4
SOCI 3601URBAN POVERTY4
SOCI 3603URBAN AMERICA4
SOCI 3714TERRORISM AND SOCIETY4
SOCI 3720MASS INCARCERATION4
SOCI 4961URBAN ISSUES AND POLICIES4
SOCI 4970COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL ACTION4
SOCI 4990CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND JUSTICE CREATION4
SPAN 3561REPRESENTING THE GYPSY4
SPAN 3730WRITING VIOLENCE: PERU, 1980-20004
SPAN 4520SPAIN IN CONTEXT4
THEO 3542CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING3
THEO 3856INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS4
THEO 3861WORKS OF MERCY/WORK FOR JUSTICE4
THEO 3870RELIGION AS HUMAN EXPERIENCE4
THEO 3960RELIGION AND RACE IN AMERICA4
THEO 4005WOMEN AND THEOLOGY4
THEO 4630G.O. DEEPER. INTERDISCIPLINARY INQUIRIES4
THEO 4847THEOLOGIES OF LIBERATION4
THEO 4853SPIRITUALITY AND POLITICS4
WGSS 3901PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES FEMINISM I4