Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Major

Peace isn’t a niche interest at Goshen College—it’s a shared passion. Peace is central to our identity, which is apparent in our curriculum, our history and our core values. The peace, justice and conflict studies (PJCS) program pulls together and gives full expression to the many strands of peace that permeate campus culture.

As a PJCS student, you’ll study subjects like restorative justice, social change and war and peace in the modern world. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your beliefs into action through a range of internship options. Some are local, with organizations like La Casa (working with low income families) in Goshen and the Center for Community Justice in Elkhart, and some are across North America, with agencies like Mennonite Central Committee or a summer internship with the Service Inquiry Program. Some students find a way to do international internships as well.

What can you do after college with a PJCS major? Anything that requires the ability to analyze complex problems, come up with creative solutions, be an effective organizer and transform destructive conflict in positive directions. As a graduate of the PJCS program, you’ll have top-notch preparation for your future career as a social worker, teacher, lawyer, mediator or peace worker for a service or mission organization.

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Mock border fence

Students in the Goshen College Social Reform Club created a mock border using a chain-link fence on campus to represent the border crossing experience between the United States and Mexico. Dividing campus at two major arteries, the gate included students acting as security officers who asked other students to show I.D., empty water bottles and have their bags inspected before passing through.

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C. Henry Smith the topic of namesake peace lecture

Perry Bush, professor of history at Bluffton (Ohio) University, will present the 2015 C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Goshen College Administration Building Room 28. Bechtel will speak on “The Professor as Peacemaker: C. Henry Smith and the Mennonite Intellectual Tradition, 1920-1948.”

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Speech on North Korea wins peace oratorical contest

With her speech titled “Through the eyes of people,” Dona Park won the top prize and a chance to enter her speech in the bi-national intercollegiate oratorical contest.

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Students tackle peace issues in annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Five Goshen College students will present speeches during the 2015 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The annual event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Umble Center and is free and open to the public.

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Karen Zorn '84 headlines workshop on El Sistema music program - The Elkhart Truth

Goshen College graduate Karen Zorn visited her alma mater Monday, Jan. 12, to deliver a keynote speech discussing the merits of a new music program called El Sistema. The program is spreading into Elkhart classrooms and across the U.S.

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Jerrell Richer

Jerrell Richer

Professor of Economics, Carl Kreider Chair

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Jo-Ann Brant

Jo-Ann Brant

Professor of Bible, Religion & Philosophy, Honors Director

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Keith Graber Miller

Keith Graber Miller

Professor of Bible, Religion & Philosophy

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Joe Liechty

Joe Liechty

Professor of PJCS, Director of Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies

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Jan Bender Shetler

Jan Bender Shetler

Professor of History

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Long Tran

Long Tran

Associate Professor of Education

Carolyn Schrock-Shenk

Carolyn Schrock-Shenk

Associate Professor of Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies

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Dave Ostergren

Dave Ostergren

Director of Graduate Program in Environmental Education

Regina Shands Stoltzfus

Regina Shands Stoltzfus

Assistant Professor of PJCS

Phil Thomas

Phil Thomas

Adjunct Professor of PJCS

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