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Interdisciplinary Humanities

Lower Division Distribution Requirement

All students are required to take Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies (PJS 101) to complete the Peace and Justice Minor. Depending on the home department of the faculty member teaching this course, PJS 101 is cross-listed as a course within that department. For example, if the faculty member teaching PJS 101 is from the History Department, PJS 101 will be cross listed as History 116 (World Civilization II). PJS 101 can be applied to your GE, major and minor requirements. For example if you are a History major and a Peace and Justice Studies minor, taking History 116 will fulfill your 3 unit History GE requirement, 3 units of your History major lower division requirement, and your 3 unit lower division Peace and Justice Studies requirement. PJS 101 is taught every fall semester by faculty from departments such as: History, Political Science, and Theology and Religious Studies. Courses that may be substituted for PJS101 include History 116 (World Civilization II), Political Science 120 (International Politics), and Religious Studies 112 (World Religions).

PJS 101

PJS101 provides historical and contemporary perspectives on the nature of conflict, the conditions of sustainable development, and strategies for global order. Students will explore the linkages among these issues as a means for understanding the obstacles to and opportunities for peace and justice. The learning objectives for PJS 101 include the following:

  • To develop a greater appreciation of the multifaceted character and meanings of the terms "peace and justice."
  • To develop an ability to analyze the conflicting and complementary features of peace and justice.
  • To comprehend the diversity of challenges facing the peoples of the planet.
  • To gain familiarity with those practices used to avoid, prevent, or otherwise regulate violent conflict.
  • To enhance consciousness of the responsibilities of citizenship on the local as well as global levels.
  • To gain appreciation of the roles individuals and communities can play in the promotion of peace and justice.