Peace and Justice Studies

Who speaks for peace, justice and diversity in our contemporary world of national, cultural, religious, racial and gender differences and conflict?

With a minor degree in peace and justice studies at Fordham, you can, addressing the most central issues of our day.

Interdisciplinary Courses

Courses in the humanities and the social sciences provide you with a broad knowledge of social justice issues covering topics of war, terrorism, colonialism, poverty, religious conflict, human rights, multiculturalism, humanitarianism, economic and environmental justice, race and gender equality, and conflict prevention and peacemaking.

Experiential Learning

You will pursue experiential service learning through volunteer work, internships, and co-curricular projects in Fordham programs such as the Dorothy Day Center for Service and JusticeMulticultural AffairsGlobal OutreachUnited Nations Academic ImpactStudy Abroad, and the  Social Innovation Collaboratory.

Fordham Mission and Tradition

You will join a program which has served Fordham’s Jesuit mission of peace, justice and diversity for four decades. The program was first inspired by liberation theology, the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and philosophies of nonviolence and citizen activism. Today the program also encompasses global justice issues inspired by the international human rights movement and shaped by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

A Distinctive Professional Profile

The peace and justice minor makes your professional profile distinctive and set you apart, whether your career goals are in government, NGOs, law, business, education, health care, community development, or religious organizations.

Advising

John van Buren, Program Director
Collins Hall 111, evanburen@fordham.edu

For more information

Visit the Peace and Justice Studies program web page. 

Our Courses

PJST 1800. INTERNSHIP. (1 Credit)

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

This course introduces students a wide variety of theories and applications within the field of Peace and Justice Studies -- surveying insights from fields such as political science, international relations, criminal justice, psychology, religion, gender studies, economics, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, the fine arts and others. This class is intended to be interactive and participatory in nature. The course includes readings, lectures, class discussions, games, case studies, role plays, training exercises and simulations; students examine a range of conflict intervention options and are able to evaluate the relative strengths and disadvantages of a variety of skills and techniques. Each week of the class explores a dominant theme and branch of research in this wide and diverse discipline, which provides a foundation for further investigation and engagement in the field. The class builds the capacity analyze and intervene in a variety of conflicts at an interpersonal, organizational, neighborhood, state, national and international level. In particular, students learn how and why various conflict interventions succeed or fail depending on contextual factors. 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: PJIN.

PJST 4999. TUTORIAL. (1 to 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:

Course Title Credits
AFAM 1600UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: AFRICA3
AFAM 3071AFRICAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY4
AFAM 3072CIVIL WARS IN AFRICA4
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 3192THE UNITED STATES, AFRICA, AND THE COLD WAR4
AFAM 3633THE BRONX: IMMIGRATION, RACE, AND CULTURE4
AFAM 4000AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND THE AMERICAN DREAM4
AFAM 4045YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK4
AMCS 3340CATHOLICISM AND DEMOCRACY4
ANTH 3110ANCIENT CULTURES OF THE BIBLE4
ANTH 3260POLITICS OF REPRODUCTION4
ANTH 3343GHETTOS AND GATED COMMUNITIES4
ANTH 3355CULTURE AND ANTICOLONIALISM4
ANTH 3888ARAB WOMEN AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS4
ANTH 4490ANTHROPOLOGY OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE4
ARAB 2400APPROACHES TO ARABIC CULTURE4
BLBU 4437ST: INTERNATIONAL BUS ETHICS3
CEED 3856INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS4
CLAS 3030ATHENIAN DEMOCRACY4
COLI 3802LITERATURE AND IMPERIALISM4
COLI 4011NARRATING CHILDHOOD4
COLI 4016REWRITING THE MEDITERRANEAN (20th and 21st Centuries)4
COLI 4206COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN REVOLUTION4
COMC 3247RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER IN MEDIA4
COMC 3268MEDIA AND NATIONAL IDENTITY4
COMC 3330PEACE, JUSTICE, AND THE MEDIA4
COMC 4114SPEAKING FOR CHANGE4
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 3215Bronx Urban Economic Development4
ECON 3235ECONOMY OF LATIN AMERICA4
ECON 3240WORLD POVERTY4
ECON 3244INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY4
ECON 3430ST: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS4
ECON 3570LABOR MARKET AND DIVERSITY4
ECON 3850ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS4
ECON 4005FAIR TRADE ENTREPRENEURSHIP4
ENGL 3802LITERATURE AND IMPERIALISM4
ENGL 3964HOMELESSNESS4
ENGL 4206COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN REVOLUTION4
ENGL 4209LITERATURE OF PEACE AND WAR4
ENGL 4227BLACK LITERATURE AND FILM4
FITV 3647GENDER, RACE, CLASS, AND TELEVISION4
FITV 4570FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE4
HIST 1400UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: LATIN AMERICA3
HIST 1600UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: AFRICA3
HIST 1700UNDERSTANDING HISTORICAL CHANGE: MIDEAST3
HIST 3305MEDIEVAL WARFARE4
HIST 3566WAR AND IMPERIALISM4
HIST 3670THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST4
HIST 3789MODERN SOUTH AFRICA STORIES4
HIST 3806U.S. IMMIGRATION/ETHNICITY4
HIST 3846THE HISTORY OF U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1974 TO PRESENT4
HIST 385220TH CENTURY U.S. RADICALISM4
HIST 3915CONTEMPORARY CHINA4
HIST 3925THE HOLOCAUST4
HIST 3961REBELLION AND REVOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE ATLANTIC WORLD4
HIST 3969LATIN AMERICA AND THE U.S.4
HIST 3972REVOLUTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA4
HIST 3986RELIGION AND POLITICS IN ISLAMIC HISTORY4
HIST 4008RACE AND GENDER IN THE OLD WEST4
HIST 4308ANTISEMITISM4
HIST 4767SEMINAR: TORTURE AND THE WESTERN EXPERIENCE4
HUST 4001HUMANITARIAN ACTION4
HUST 4200FORCED MIGRATION AND HUMANITARIAN ACTION4
INST 4620THE WORLD OF DEMOCRACY4
ITAL 3452ITALOPHONE MIGRANT LITERATURE FROM AFRICA AND BEYOND4
LALS 3600LATIN AMERICA: CURRENT TRENDS4
LALS 4620OSCAR ROMERO: FAITH AND POLITICS IN EL SALVADOR4
LALS 5008CUBA:REV,LIT & FILM3,4
MAND 3040TOPICS IN MANDARIN CHINESE LITERATURE4
MAND 3050CHINA IN THE HEADLINES: AN ADVANCED NEWSPAPER READING COURSE IN MANDARIN CHINESE4
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
MLAL 3624MUSIC AND NATION IN THE ARAB WORLD4
MLAL 4016REWRITING THE MEDITERRANEAN (20th and 21st Centuries)4
ORGL 2800U.N. AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP4
PHIL 3109ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS4
PHIL 3591MEDIEVAL POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3623MARX AS A PHILOSOPHER4
PHIL 3653LATIN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3711HUMANITARIANISM AND PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3720AFRICAN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3722NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3904FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3990ENVIRONMENTAL WORLDVIEWS AND ETHICS4
PHIL 4310HUMAN RIGHTS IN CONTEXT4
PHIL 4423BUSINESS ETHICS4
PHIL 4470LINCOLN: DEMOCRATIC VALUES4
PHIL 4473WAR AND PEACE: JUST WAR THEORY4
PHYS 1203ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS3
POSC 3131POLITICS, URBAN HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT4
POSC 3210CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES4
POSC 3225HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THE LAW4
POSC 3228CIVIL RIGHTS4
POSC 3326LATINO POLITICS4
POSC 3418ISLAMIC POLITICAL THOUGHT4
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 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
RUSS 2650MEDIA AND THE RUSSIAN STATE: NEWS OUTLETS FROM 19TH CENTURY TO PRESENT DAY RUSSIA4
SOCI 2505RELIGION AND SOCIAL CHANGE4
SOCI 2925MEDIA, CRIME, SEX, AND VIOLENCE4
SOCI 3044POVERTY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT4
SOCI 3102CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES AND POLICIES4
SOCI 3110GLOBAL CONFLICT: WARS/RELIGION4
SOCI 3136INEQUALITY-WHY/EFFECTS4
SOCI 3148POPULATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES4
SOCI 3242MENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS4
SOCI 3260POLITICS OF REPRODUCTION4
SOCI 3401GENDER, CRIME, AND JUSTICE4
SOCI 3405GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS4
SOCI 3410MIGRATION/GLOBALIZATION4
SOCI 3418CONTEMPORARY IMMIGRATION IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE4
SOCI 3456MODERN AMERICAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS4
SOCI 3470GLOBAL REFUGEE MIGRATION4
SOCI 3601URBAN POVERTY4
SOCI 3603URBAN AMERICA4
SOCI 3713CRIMINOLOGY4
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 3870RELIGION AS HUMAN EXPERIENCE4
THEO 3876MUSLIMS IN AMERICA4
THEO 3960RELIGION AND RACE IN AMERICA4
THEO 4005WOMEN AND THEOLOGY4
THEO 4620OSCAR ROMERO: FAITH AND POLITICS IN EL SALVADOR4
THEO 4630G.O. DEEPER. INTERDISCIPLINARY INQUIRIES4
THEO 4847THEOLOGIES OF LIBERATION4
THEO 4853SPIRITUALITY AND POLITICS4