Peace and Justice Studies Minor

The Peace and Justice program, first established as a certificate program in 1986, has served the University mission for nearly three decades by focusing students from all backgrounds on ideals of social justice and by training students in methods of conflict prevention and peacemaking. The program was first inspired by liberation theology, the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and philosophies of nonviolence and citizen activism; its goals today are grounded in the global human rights movement and shaped by the UN’s Millennium Development Goals for poverty relief. Peace and justice courses and faculty interests cover a wide range of domestic and international issues, from criminal justice reform, urban renewal, and economic inequality within the United States to global environmental sustainability, causes of war, the responsibility to prevent atrocities, and the role of religions in building a global human community united by common respect for the divine potential in each individual.

The minor involves a thematically connected sequence of six courses. In addition, students will gain credits toward the minor from service learning, approved Global Outreach trips, social innovation activities through Fordham’s new Ashoka programs in social entrepreneurship, approved internships, and related extracurricular work.

The minor is an intensive hands-on venture in experiential learning combined with course work relevant to key global, national, and local problems of our time. It will help train students for future work in community development, criminal justice, nonprofit and charity work, city services, religious organizations, humanitarian relief and development efforts, green business and civic leadership, global governance and international advocacy, teaching, and diplomacy.

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The minor requires six courses and two further credits linked to experiential learning:

Required Course
Select four electives 116
Select one of the following: 2
Experiential Learning
Select two credits in experiential learning2

Any course with the PJST attribute code may qualify for this requirement. Ideally these should include at least one peace-focused course and one justice-focused course. Students should select these electives in consultation with the program adviser.


Or similar approved capstone course on social justice movements and conflict resolution.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning: two credits (experience outside the classroom and beyond the University). Such credits may be earned by participating in:

  1. an Integrated Service Learning course (all students involved in service work)
  2. Dorothy Day Center Interdisciplinary Seminar with service (one credit add-on to course)
  3. approved Global Outreach trips, Casa de la Solidaridad program (El Salvador), Ubuntu program (South Africa), or other approved study abroad (e.g., CIEE Capetown)
  4. a Day Center workshop, such as “Undoing Racism,” or Ignatian Teach-In trip
  5. an approved internship in a community or non-governmental organization (one credit)
  6. an approved social innovation practicum or internship with peace and/or justice links.

Two of these experiential options involve formal course credit. Option (2) involves a one credit service-learning course added on to a regular course (whose instructor proctors the one-credit); the student normally writes a paper on the implications of her or his experience with social justice issues and problems of peacemaking. Option (5) requires signing up with a faculty mentor to proctor a one-credit or two-credit tutorial in conjunction with the internship; for the course credit, the student writes a paper on his/her work and the significance of the organization where the internship takes place. Students participating in other activities not involving formal credit should consult with the program director. 


The peace and justice studies minor is available to students in Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.