Changes to PJS
In March 2018, the faculty approved a new major in Civic Studies as well as a
minor in Peace and Justice Studies. We are excited to build on the history and
strengths of PJS as we develop the Civic Studies program. We welcome your continued
input and look forward to working together.
Beginning in Fall 2018, it will no longer be an option to declare a major in PJS.
The certificate in PJS will also be discontinued. It is with some sadness that we
close the major. We are indebted and grateful to Paul Joseph, Dale Bryan, and numerous
faculty who contributed so much to the life of the PJS program. We respect and value
their contributions. In fact, we will continue to learn from what they have taught us
as we rely on the ideals and insights of PJS to shape the new curriculum in Civic Studies.
Any students currently majoring in PJS will be supported to complete their majors.
It is also an option to switch to a Civic Studies major, using courses taken previously
for PJS. I am available to discuss your individual plan of study. Please contact me if
you would like to meet.
Erin Kelly, Director
Peace and Justice Studies (PJS)
The primary goal of the PJS program is the
development of students' knowledge and
competencies in fields that contribute towards
peace and social transformation.
Our world faces a set of interrelated problems,
including militarism and war, political violence
and repression, ecological destruction, poverty,
hunger, racism, and institutionalized sexism.
Throughout the world, international,
inter-governmental, and local nongovernmental
organizations have formed to confront such
problems and to work for nonviolent social
PJS was founded to provide students an academic
means to integrate an understanding of the many
crises facing the world and to encourage
involvement in nonviolent attempts to build a
world of peace and justice. Education,
particularly higher education, offers a valuable
setting for creating peace and justice through
study and active involvement in social change
processes. PJS is dedicated to working to
provide a university-wide forum for the
discussion of these issues. PJS sponsors or
co-sponsors numerous educational events and
community activities to enrich and expand
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