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Peace and Social Justice Studies

Professors Melrose, Oboler; Associate Professors Evans (Coordinator), Hurley, Redman, Shuru, Wallace; Assistant Professors J. Clark, Hardin, Charles Rice, Christian Rice (Coordinator)

Peace and Social Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary minor which challenges students to think critically in order to create a more equitable and nonviolent world. The minor integrates theory and practice, combining interdisciplinary studies with an applied learning experience, wherein students are exposed firsthand to structural inequities and/or the obstacles to peace.

Requirements for Minors

A minor concentration in Peace and Social Justice Studies consists of 20 credits and an applied learning experience, for a total of 24 credits. All students must take PSJ-200, Introduction to Peace and Social Justice Studies. In addition to this core course, students need to take an additional 16 credits. Students cannot take more than two courses from one department (excluding internships).

The remaining credits must come from the following:

AAAS-200, ECON-110, EDUC-210, EDUC/GWMS-402, EDUC-446, ENGL-222, ENV-100, ENV/SOC-220, ENV/SOC-285, ENV/PHIL-248, ENV/SOC-288, ENV-332, ENV-340W, ENV-342, ENV-382, ENV-430W, GWMS-200, HIST-207, HIST-222, HIST-223, HIST-327, HIST/GWMS-328, HIST-329, HIST-331, HIST-353, IDS-001-008, LAS-200, LAS-215, MCS-286, MCS-330, MCS-350, MCS-366, PHIL-140, PHIL-246, POL-252, POL-344, POL-350A, POL-350B, POL-357, POL-399, RELS-225, RELS-326, RELS-327, RELS-361, RELS-366, SOC-245, SOC-255, SOC-256, SOC-258, SOC/GWMS-263, SOC-265. SOC-275, SOC-295, THEA-351, THEA-352, THEA-353. Special topics courses may be counted toward the minor with permission of the instructor and the Peace and Social Justice coordinator.

In order to fulfill the minor, students will also need to complete an applied learning experience whose focus is germane to Peace and Social Justice Studies. Students will need to complete one of the following: an internship, a community-based research project, or a relevant study-abroad experience. Students who complete at least four semesters in the Bonner Leaders program can satisfy the applied learning experience this way. In order for this applied learning experience to count toward the minor, approval should be sought in advance from the facilitator of the Peace and Social Justice Studies minor.

courses

PSJ-200. Introduction to Peace and Social Justice Studies Dr. Christian Rice

PSJ-200 will introduce students to many different types of social problems, challenging them to think critically about the conditions under and contexts within which violence and injustice occur. Students will also learn about U.S. social movements which have mobilized to challenge social injustices. A primary objective of the course will be to expose students to the many disciplines on campus that are grappling with the realities of social inequality and violence. Four semester hours.

PSJ-381. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Discuss details with the Peace and Social Justice Coordinator. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: PSJ-200 and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Three semester hours. (I.)

PSJ-382. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Discuss details with the Peace and Social Justice Coordinator. Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 160 hours of work. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: PSJ-200 and approval of a faculty internship adviser. Four semester hours. (I.)