Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

College of Arts and Science

The Minor

faith, peace and justice program

Photo of Statue

The Faith, Peace, and Justice minor offers students the opportunity to explore, in a interdisciplinary manner, how their own serious questions about faith, peace and justice are related to concrete work for peace and justice in our world.

The goals of the FPJ Program are to help undergraduate students acquire and develop skills in

  • empirical, social scientific analysis of concrete issues for justice and peace
  • gaining a solid intellectual and moral grasp of the ethical and justice principles which arise from these issues
  • learning how to formulate public policy or to initiate social change which would help solve these problems and
  • implementing creative methods for conflict resolution, appropriate for the level of problem solving their particular issues require.

To achieve these goals, each student is required to take the introductory course for the minor, UN 160 The Challenge of Justice, and, in their senior year, the UN 590 FPJ Senior Seminar. In addition, the students design, with the advice and approval of the FPJ Director, their own cluster of four elective courses which aims at an interdisciplinary course of study focused on a theme or concern for justice and peace which they themselves have identified. This four course elective cluster is the foundation for the student’s written thesis in the Senior Seminar.