Peace and Justice Studies is a rapidly developing area of interdisciplinary academic study that explores:
Xavier's Peace and Justice Studies minor is a fifteen hour interdisciplinary program compatible with any undergraduate major. The focus of Xavier's program is broad, examining a wide array of contemporary social justice and ecological issues along with issues of war and nonviolence. Attention is devoted as well to the role that practices such as mindfulness and meditation/contemplative prayer can play in work for a more just and peaceful world.
Requirements for the minor consist of the Challenge of Peace seminar (THEO 345/POLI 344) and four electives chosen from more than 90 course options . For a list of current electives and more details about the program, please contact Dr. John Sniegocki, director of the Peace and Justice Studies minor, at 513-745-3287 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace and Justice Studies draws on a wide range of academic subjects including history, theology, political science, international affairs, literature, social work, psychology, economics, gender and diversity studies, the natural sciences, and others.
Below are a few websites with useful information related to the field of Peace and Justice Studies:
Peace and Justice Studies Association - the main professional organization for the field of Peace and Justice Studies in North America
Common Dreams - a good source of news on social justice issues
Pace e Bene - an organization devoted to the spread of knowledge of and commitment to nonviolent action for social change
Resources for Social Change - links to many organizations working for positive social change, compiled by John Sniegocki, director of Xavier's Peace and Justice Studies minor
www.xavier.edu/frben - website of Fr. Ben Urmston, SJ. - Fr. Ben was involved in founding the Peace Studies minor at Xavier in the early 1980s and for many years was director of Peace and Justice Programs. His website contains resources on a wide array of topics related to peace, justice, ecology, and Ignatian spirituality.