​Peacebuilding and Social Innovation Minor

Enrich your major by becoming an agent of social change.

Your Motivation

Expand your career goals by gaining the insights and know-how needed to develop innovative solutions to today's social problems. Students who pursue Peacebuilding and Social Innovation as a minor learn to take action and effect change through applied learning, deep conversations and community engagement.

As you expand your education into issues of peace and justice, you'll take your curious mind into the field, whether that's an ocean away or just a stone's throw from campus.

Austin Fitzpatrick introduces the Peace, Justice and Social Innovation Class at the Kroc School Play Video

Professor Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick invites undergraduate students to join his Peace, Justice and Social Innovation Class. The class will introduce practical tools for bridging from the world we currently live in to the world we want to live in.

The Outcome

Recent undergraduate students in Peace and Justice 495W got up close and personal with nearby Bayside Community Center, a nonprofit serving to empower Linda Vista residents through services, education and advocacy. By engaging directly with Bayside's staff and community members, our students soaked up its history and mission, but more importantly saw the role of community-based collaboration and outreach in addressing real needs. It was an eye-opening experience for everyone involved, including the instructor who was surprised to discover Linda Vista's population includes several waves of immigrants, many of whom continue to face complex challenges that require innovative solutions.

Other undergraduate students in the minor have traveled far from San Diego to explore social change on a global level. One graduating senior went to Amsterdam for a conference where international scholars presented research on peacebuilding, education and advocacy. There, he learned firsthand the importance of integrating bottom up and top down strategies for effective change; the capriciousness of donor funding; and the potential for technology to accelerate progress. He walked away with a better sense of how to put peacebuilding theory into practice.

With special attention to the role of decision-makers in government, the United Nations or international organizations, our undergraduates consider peace and social innovation not as abstractions but as daily problems they can solve—wherever the need may be. Because, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

William Jernigan

Hear from undergraduate student William Jernigan about how a minor in peace launched his career.

If you're ready to broaden your peacebuilding skills with more than a minor, our 2-year Masters of Arts in Peace and Justice goes in depth to teach practical and actionable strategies for becoming a changemaker.

Take a comprehensive look at how entrepreneurship can be used to solve today's most pressing human rights and social issues with a Masters in Social Innovation.