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PJHR: Minor

A minor in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights is a great complement to many majors. You'll gain a thorough understanding of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, social justice, and human rights advocacy.

  • PJHR 150 Conflict Resolution OR 230 – Building Peace after Empire OR EN267 or EN287 Irish Literature or EN280 Israeli and Palestinian Literature. Multidisciplinary study of the dynamics of conflict and peacemaking in South Africa, Northern Ireland, and other sites. Focus on the historical and cultural 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 and 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. (Any course with an Issues in Social Justice (ISJ) core designation can be substituted by permission of director.)

These courses are normally from at least two different disciplines or departments and must be taken from a list of PJHR-approved listed each semester on the registrar’s page for PJHR. See below for Spring 2021 courses:

  • OptionalPJHR 400 (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.
  • Optional: PJHR410. 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.
  • 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)


  • Poverty and Social Justice
    PJHR100 Poverty and Social Justice OR
    EN291 Poverty and American LiteratureElectives
    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 2 semesters of Biology)
    BL331 Global Climate Change (requires 2 semesters of Biology)
    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
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