Justice and Peace Studies

Why study Justice and Society?

Students who earn degrees in Justice & Society will be prepared through interdisciplinary study and reflection on personal experience to respond knowledgeably, ethically, and skillfully to vocations in social service and social change. They will know social scientific research methods, theory, and specific content areas. They will know Christian social ethics and will have consciences of personal integrity and social responsibility. Justice & Society graduates will be prepared to advocate effectively with and for the poor and marginalized and to be insightful, faithful, lifelong agents for social justice and peace. They will be whole persons of solidarity with the real world whatever their particular career or profession.

5-Year Bachelor's to Masters Program

A new program joins the Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice and Society with the Werner Institute Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. This program is a combined curriculum of the undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the graduate program in the Graduate School. About half of the graduate courses are taken online and about half on campus. 59 credits required:  31 in JPS, 28 in NCR.

During the senior year, JAS students will complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree but also take two courses in the Werner Institute, NCR 624 Dynamics of Conflict and NCR 631 International Conflict, which will count as the social science electives for the undergraduate major. Two required courses in the major, JPS 565 Catholic Social Teaching and JPS 588 Christian Ethics of War & Peace, will also count as electives in the master's curriculum.

Full Curriculum

 

23rd Annual Markoe-DePorres Lecture

Dr. Fred Pestello, president of Saint Louis University, will deliver the 23rd annual Markoe-DePorres Social Justice Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Harper Center Auditorium. His topic is “Racial Strife and the Jesuit University: A Sociologist’s and a President’s Perspective.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Areas of Study:

Major: Bachelor of Arts, Justice and Society, 37 credits

Application Process:  Majors are declared through the College of Arts and Sciences. To be accepted with a major in Justice and Society, you must take one Introduction to Sociology OR one Introduction to Anthropology (111/112/113) course earning a grade of "C" or better. Additionally, you must take another 3-credit hour course in Sociology or Anthropology earning a grade of "C" or better. If you are in the process of completing or have not completed these requirements, then your application may be deferred or rejected.

Course Requirements

Course #

Course Title

Credits Per Course

Cross-listing

SOC 101 OR

Introduction to Sociology

3

One of ANT 111/112/113

Introduction to Anthropology

3

SOC 301

Social & Cultural Theory

3

ANT/AMS

SOC 312

Research Design for the Social Sciences

3

ANT/HAP

SOC 314

Statistics for the Social Sciences

4

ANT/HAP

JPS 365

Faith & Moral Development

3

THL

JPS 499

Senior Seminar

3

JPS 565

Catholic Social Teaching

3

THL

JPS 588 

Christian Ethics of War and Peace

3

THL

ONE of:

SWK 261

Social Welfare Needs of Vulnerable Populations

3

JPS 343

Ecclesiology in Golobal Context

3

THL

JPS 361

Social Justice in the Dominican Republic

6 -- Taken in the DR as part of Encuentro Domincano

JPS 465

Faith and Political Action

3

PLS/SRP

JPS 470

Poverty in America

3

EDU/SRP

Six Elective Credits From:

SWK 261

Introduction to Social Welfare

3

ECO 203

Introductory Microeconomics

3

EDP 361

Social Justice in the Dominican Republic

6

PHL 348

Philosophy of Feminism

3

WGS

PHL 358

Social & Political Philosophy

3

PLS 333

Environmental Politics & Policy

3

EVS

PLS 435

Global Poverty & Development

3

PSY 428

Multicultural Issues in Psychology

3

BKS

SRP 435

Literature, Philosophy & Economics

3

ENG/PHL

SRP 465

Faith & Political Action

3

JPS/PLS

SRP 470

Poverty in America

3

EDU/JPS

SRP 481

Poverty, Development, & Public Policy

3

PLS

Minor: Justice and Peace Studies, 18 credits

Application Process:  Minors are declared through the College of Arts and Sciences. To be accepted with a major in Justice and Society, you must take one Introduction to Sociology OR one Introduction to Anthropology (111/112/113) course earning a grade of "C" or better.