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PJHR: Major

The PJHR program combines undergraduate research and study with experiential and service learning to help you gain a thorough understanding of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, social justice, and human rights advocacy.

  • Available as a major and minor, in addition to offering a series of public lectures, talks, and workshops
  • Aligns with the Jesuit idea of cultivating moral concern about living in solidarity with the poor and marginalized. 
  • Eligibility to participate in various experiential opportunities abroad (including academic program immersions to Dominican Republic, Germany, Ireland, and Uganda)
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  • PJHR 150 Conflict Resolution OR 230 – Building Peace after Empire OR EN267 or EN287 Irish Literature or EN280 Israeli and Palestinian Literature (3 credit hours). Course on conflict resolution or study of the dynamics of conflict and peacemaking in South Africa, Northern Ireland, and other sites. Focus on the historical and roots and persistence of conflict; the contestedness of history; peacebuilding, conflict transformation, reconciliation, and social restoration; and artists’ and writers’ role in creating just peace. Materials include histories, narratives, poems, and films.
  • HS 230 or PJHR 101 – Introduction to Human Rights (3 credit hours). Survey of thinking on human rights from antiquity to the present, with special attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other post-1945 developments. Case studies may vary, but will generally include such key human rights concerns as slavery, humanitarian intervention, refugees, displaced persons, post-conflict reconstruction, human trafficking, torture, and the death penalty.
  • SC 111 – Introduction to Social Justice (3 credit hours). Overview of the theories of social justice, including discussion and analyses of social inequalities both domestic and global, and issues related to civic engagement, social responsibility, and change. Service learning component required. (n.b Any course with an Issues in Social Justice (ISJ) core designation can be substituted by permission of director.)
  • PJHR 400 Critical Inquiry (3 credit hours). This course explores research techniques commonly used to study issues related to peace, justice, and human rights, and the politics of knowledge production. Topics include historical research, literature reviews, critical analysis, interviewing, using survey data, ethics and reducing power differences in research. Students will have the opportunity to choose a field they would be interested in working in, and propose research on a related topic. This course helps students develop the skill set to successfully complete an independent study on the topic of their choosing.
  • PJHR 410. Internship and Seminar (3 credit hours). By permission of Program Director. Capstone experience involving an internship or advanced research project in a setting which aligns with the student’s interests, skills, or career goals. This may include internships in non-profit, social justice, legal, heath, human service, or research settings. A weekly seminar will also be held with ongoing reports, reflections, and analysis about their field experiences.
  • Seven courses (21 credits), from the list of PJHR-approved courses:
  • PJHR 250 Issues in Social Justice (Arrupe only)                                              
  • PJHR 350 Social Justice Research (Arrupe only)                                             
  • PJHR 400 Critical Inquiry
  • PJHR 410 Internship and Seminar                                                                  
  • PJHR 450B Advocacy and Action (Arrupe only)                                            
  • PJHR 499 Independent Study                                                                         
  • BL137 Global Climate Change                                                           
  • BL331  Global Climate Change                                                                       
  • COM 210 Intro to Advocacy                                                    
  • COM 303 Crafting the Message
  • ED 253 School & Society                                                                               
  • ED 350 Multicultural Ed in a Pluralistic Society                                             
  • EN 291 Environmental Literature                                                                  
  • ER 120 Poverty & Social Entrepreneurship                                                    
  • ER 304 Social Entrepreneurship                                               
  • GEND 101 Introduction to Gender Studies                                      
  • HS 235 African American History                                                                  
  • HS 245 U.S. Foreign Relations                                                                       
  • HS 257 U.S. Military History                                                                          
  • HS 273 Latin American Dictators                                                                   
  • HS 278 Cuba: Past and Present                                                                       
  • HS 285: African History Through Autobiography
  • HS 473 Nazi Germany                                                                                   
  • LP 135 Leadership and Social Justice                                                              
  • PL 311 Business Ethics                                                                                  
  • PL 315 Applied Ethics
  • PL 338 Philosophy of Love and Sex                                                               
  • PO 103 International Relations                                                                       
  • PO 213 Wrongful Convictions                                                                       
  • PO 243 Global Debt and Justice                                                                    
  • PO 311 U.S. Foreign Policy                                                                            
  • PO 328 The Middle East in Film and Media                                                   
  • PO 331 International Conflict and Security                                                    
  • PS 100 Intro to Psych: Perspectives in Social Justice                                      
  • PS 326 Psychobiology                                                               
  • SC 220 Criminal Justice Systems                                               
  • SC 257 Social Inequalities in Society                                                               
  • SC 290 Environmental Sociology                                             
  • SC 353 Latino/a Transnational Experience                                                    
  • SC 364 Ethnicity, Crime, and Criminal Justice                                                
  • SC 385 Poverty, Welfare, and Social Justice                                                    
  • SC 440 Violence and Society                                                                          
  • TRS 210.51 Intro to Judaism
  • TRS 201.52 Intro to Judaism
  • TRS 240.51 Intro to Islam
  • TRS 253.51 Chinese Religions
  • TRS 253.52 Chinese Religions
  • TRS 253.53 Chinese Religions
  • TRS 260.41 Moral Decision Making (H)
  • TRS 262.51 Religion, Freedom, and Law
  • TRS 262.52 Religion, Freedom, and Law
  • TRS 263.51 Ecology, Religion, & Justice
  • TRS 272.51 Soul Food
  • TRS 341.51 Islam in America
  • TRS 341.52 Islam in America
  • TRS 359.51 ST: Rights & Rites in Asia (H)
  • TRS 366.51 Social Justice & the Economy
  • TRS 369.51 ST: Church & Racial Justice
  • TRS 369.52 ST: Church & Racial Justice (H)
  • Students can choose to create a concentration in the following areas: Poverty and Social Justice, Racial Justice, Environmental Justice, and Peacebuilding/Conflict Resolution.
  • Here is a course map for concentrations:
    • Proposed PJHR Minor Concentrations (four course sequence, along with PJHR core) Poverty and Social Justice
      • Required:
        PJHR100 Poverty and Social Justice OR
        EN291 Poverty and American Literature
      • Electives:
        BL240 Epidemiology
        BL260 Poverty and Disease
        CO389 Social Issues Journalism
        EC321 Labor and Human Resource Development
        EC343 Economic Development
        ED253 School and Society
        ED350 Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society
        ER120 Poverty and Social Entrepreneurship
        ER 304 Social Entrepreneurship
        GEND101 Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
        PL370 Philosophy and Social Justice
        PO205 51 Healthcare Access: Latin America
        PO336 International Political Economy
        PS261 Child Development
        SC111 Introduction to Social Justice
        SC195 Global Debt and Justice
        SC201 Social Problems
        SC225 Sociology of the Family
        SC240 Criminology
        SC271 Public Health in U.S.
        SC275 Family Violence
        SC385 Poverty, Welfare, and Social Justice in U.S.
        TRS302 The Bible through the Eyes of the Hungry
        TRS361 Liberation Ethics
        TRS362 Religion, Ethics, and Public Policy
        TRS368 Christian Social Justice
        TRS406 New Testament Ethics for Contemporary Culture
        TRS431 Readings in Feminist Theology
        PJHR1 Shepherd Internship
    • Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
      • EN231 Peacebuilding after Empire
        EN278 Irish Literature
        EN280 Israeli and Palestinian Literature
        HS231 Peacebuilding after Empire
        PJHR250 Conflict Resolution and Transformation
        PJHR350 Transitional Justice
        SC205 Conflict/Cooperation: War and Peace
        SC440 Violence and Society
        TRS245 Islam & Islamism
        TRS249 Faiths of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
        TRS350 Inter-Religious Dialogue
        TRS367 Religion, Terror, and the Culture Wars
        TRS323 Life, Times & Theology of MLK
    • Racial Justice
      • EN472 African American Literature
        HS 131 Survey of African American History
        HS343 Slavery and Abolition
        PL390 Philosophy of Race and Racism
        PS 342 Psychology of Prejudice
        PO213 Wrongful Convictions
        PO295 Politics of Blackness
        SC235 African American Experience in U.S.
        SC255 Prejudice & Discrimination
        SC257 Social Inequalities
        SC353 Latin/a Transnational Experience
        SC355 Race and Ethnic Relations
        TRS223 African-American Religion
        TRS261 African-American Christian Social Ethics
        TRS262 Religion, Freedom, and Law
        TRS315 The Holocaust and Its Meaning
        TRS323 Life, Times & Theology of MLK
        TRS369 Justice and the Economy
        TRS372 Theology of African-American Sacred Music
    • Environmental Justice
      • BL137 Climate Change
        BL222 General Ecology (requires 3 semesters of Biology (BL 155-160)
        BL331 Global Climate Change (requires 3 semesters of Biology (BL 155-160)
        CL103 Environmental Chemistry (non-majors)
        EC315 Environmental Economics (requires 2 semesters of Economics)
        EN291 Environmental Literature
        PH115 Environmental Earth Science
        SC380 Environmental Justice Movements
        TRS337 Globalization, Theology, & Justice
        TRS342 Islam and the Environment