Peace and Justice Studies Minor


The peace, justice, and conflict studies (PJCS) program draws many compassionate and thoughtful students. As a peace and justice studies minor, you will get to join in lively discussions about humanitarian, social justice, and community development issues, and participate in active peacemaking.

Study Conflict Resolution in a Christian Context

The peace and justice studies program offers a unique opportunity to study human rights, social justice, political science, and international conflict issues in a Christian context. Whether you are passionate about humanitarian and civil rights causes or want to pursue a career in peacemaking, the peace and justice studies program provides the skills and perspectives you need.

What You’ll Learn

In the peace and justice studies program, you will:

  • Engage in lively discussions about critical issues related to peace and justice
  • Study the theory and practice of peacemaking and conflict resolution
  • Analyze the root causes of violence and injustice
  • Learn how to advocate for change through role-play and hands-on experience
  • Build self-determination through community organizing activities
  • Model United Nations practices to simulate negotiation and social change initiatives

A Flexible Course of Study to Complement Other Majors

With just one required courseMediation, and five electives, the minor in peace and justice studies lets you combine the courses that best match your passions. Additional course offerings are in areas such as bible and religion, philosophy, political science, environmental justice, and history. This flexibility makes the peace and justice studies minor work well for students from a wide variety of academic majors, and will provide you with a unique set of skills that sets you apart from other graduates.

Some peace and justice minors will go on to peace-focused careers, but most will use the skills and perspectives gained in the program to enhance their work in any job they might choose. Whether you go on to graduate school, study abroad, or enter the workforce right out of college, your peacemaking skills will make you a valued member of your community.

Gain Skills and Perspectives Applicable to Any Career

With a peace and justice studies emphasis, you will gain the skills and perspectives to understand complex social issues and engage ethically in diverse communities. Whether you are working in business, government, non-profit organizations, or education, your knowledge of peace and justice will help you make meaningful contributions to your field.

The peace and justice studies minor will prepare you for careers in peacekeeping, conflict resolution, human rights advocacy, social work, international development, law, and many other fields.

Get Ready to Join the Discussion!

So, if you want to learn more about helping create a just and peaceful world, the peace and justice studies minor is for you! Complete the form below for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Regina Shands Stoltzfus

Professor of Peace Justice & Conflict Studies
Director of PJCS

Jerrell Richer

Professor of Economics
Carl Kreider Chair

Luke Kreider

Assistant Professor of Religion and Sustainability