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Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

The Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies (PJC) major requires 48 credit hours, as follows:

Course Title Quarter Hours
PAX 250TOPICS: TOOLS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE 14
or PAX 251 TOPICS: TOOLS TO SUPPORT JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND PEACEBUILDING
PAX 210INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT AND PEACEBUILDING4
PAX 212SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL CHANGE4
PAX 214CONFLICT: INTERVENTION, NEGOTIATION AND ADVOCACY4
PAX 218HUMAN RIGHTS: PROMISE AND PROBLEMATICS4
PAX 392INTERNSHIP IN PEACE , JUSTICE, AND CONFLICT STUDIES (taken for Liberal Studies EL requirement)4
Select 12 credit hours of Seminars at the 300-level from the following, including any courses crosslisted with them:12
PAX 300
TOPICS SEMINAR
PAX 301
THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF NONVIOLENT ACTION
PAX 304
TOPICS IN MIGRATION AND FORCED MIGRATION
PAX 312
TRANSCENDING COEXISTENCE: TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND RECONCILIATION
PAX 313
BEYOND CONFLICT RESOLUTION: THE EVOLUTION OF GRASSROOTS PEACEBUILDING
PAX 321
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTCES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
PAX 330
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: ORIGINS AND CONTROVERSIES
PAX 340
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT: CHALLENGES AND INTERVENTIONS
PAX 373
LITERATURE OF WAR IN THE 20TH CENTURY
PAX 380
TOPICS IN NONVIOLENCE
PAX 381
TOPICS IN PEACE BUILDING
PAX 382
TOPICS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
PAX 383
TOPICS IN CONFLICT INTERVENTION
PAX 384
TOPICS IN ACTIVISM AND ADVOCACY
PAX 385
TOPICS IN HUMAN RIGHTS
REL 351
LIBERATION THEOLOGY
WGS 303
GENDER, VIOLENCE AND RESISTANCE
WGS 320
TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE: THEORY AND PRACTICE
WGS 345
WOMEN, WAR AND RESISTANCE
WGS 364
POLITICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Select three electives approved by the PJC program (listed below)12
PAX 350CAPSTONE IN PEACE, JUSTICE & CONFLICT STUDIES (taken for Liberal Studies Capstone requirement)4

The four-course sequence PAX 210-PAX 212-PAX 214-PAX 218 forms the foundation of the program and should be completed in the first or second year of study. Courses do not need to be done in sequence. An internship, PAX 392, offered once a year in the fall, should be completed prior to taking PAX 350. If possible, students should take the internship prior to senior year. Seniors should plan to take the capstone, PAX 350, offered once a year, usually in winter. Students will complete either two sections of PAX 250 (for 2 credit hours each) or PAX 251 (for 4 credits hours), ideally prior to senior year.

300-Level Seminars

The courses that can be taken as 300-level seminars are approved by the PJC Program Advisory Board. These do not include all 300-level PAX courses, many of which are crosslisted from other departments. For any questions, check with the Program Director, since new ones are approved now and then.   

Senior Capstone

PAX 350 is usually offered in winter quarter. Students doing study abroad during winter quarter of their senior year must do the capstone in their junior year. This is required even for a double-major who must do a capstone in the other major.

Program Approved Electives

Courses cross-listed with any course listed below are accepted as PJC/PAX electives. Check with the PJC Director for topics courses approved as PJC/PAX electives each quarter or to approve a course not on this list. PJC electives also include any courses approved for the PJC minor requirement of a community-based service learning course: See list under the PJC Minor.

LAS: African and Black Diaspora Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
ABD 251
WORLD REFUGEE CRISIS

LAS: Catholic Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
CTH 247
ROMAN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT IN CONTEXT

LAS: Community Service Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
CSS 310
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: ENGAGEMENT WITH THE PRISON
CSS 311
MASCULINITY, JUSTICE AND LAW
CSS 312
LAW AND POLITICS: PRISON POLICIES AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

LAS: Comparative Literature

Course Title Quarter Hours
CPL 240
VOICES OF WAR AND PEACE; ART, LITERATURE AND FILM
CPL 242
PICTURES OF INJUSTICE: NARRATIVE ARTS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS

 LAS: English

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG 374
NATIVE LITERATURE

LAS: Geography

Course Title Quarter Hours
GEO 205
RACE, JUSTICE, AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT
GEO 351
GEOGRAPHY, FOOD AND JUSTICE

 LAS: History

Course Title Quarter Hours
HST 241
WORLD REFUGEE CRISIS
HST 242
HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN EUROPE
HST 246
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1800
HST 247
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, 1800-1900
HST 248
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, 1900 TO PRESENT
HST 249
ORIGINS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1871-1917
HST 250
ORIGINS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, 1914 - 1941
HST 251
ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR, 1917 - 1953
HST 368
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN LATIN AMERICA

LAS: International Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
INT 304
MIGRATION AND FORCED MIGRATION
INT 306
GLOBAL EMPIRES
INT 307
RACE, SEX, AND DIFFERENCE
INT 308
NATURE, SOCIETY AND POWER
INT 309
CRITICAL DEVELOPMENT THEORY
INT 323
PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW: PEACE, CONFLICT AND HUMAN RIGHTS
INT 325
LAW OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANZIATIONS, NGOS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
INT 326
GENDER AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
INT 327
POSTCOLONIALISM AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
INT 362
LANGUAGE AND THE POLITICS OF TERROR
INT 389
INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

LAS: Islamic World Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
IWS 263
RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

LAS: Latino and Latin American Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
LST 200
FOUNDING MYTHS AND CULTURAL CONQUEST IN LATIN AMERICA
LST 201
STRUGGLE AND RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA
LST 348
INDIGENOUS POLITICAL STRUGGLES

LAS: Lesbian, Gay, Queer & Transgender Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
LGQ 332
CREATING CHANGE: CONTEMPORARY GLBT POLITICS
LGQ 338
SEXUAL JUSTICE: LESBIANS, GAYS AND THE LAW

LAS: Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
PAX 101
EVERYDAY CONFLICT: ANALYSIS, EVALUATION, AND PRACTICES FOR MOVING FORWARD
PAX 102
CHICAGO AND STRATEGIC NONVIOLENCE
PAX 112
CHICAGO JUSTICE AND THE WORK FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
PAX 200
COMMUNITIES WORKING FOR SUSTAINABLE JUSTICE AND PEACE: SERVICE IN CHICAGO AND THE U.S.
PAX 201
FRAMEWORKS FOR PEACE: PRACTICAL MODELS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
PAX 202
ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE: PRACTICAL AND CREATIVE APPROACHES
PAX 220
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
PAX 225
TRANSNATIONAL GRASSROOTS SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
PAX 228
IDENTITY, PRIVILEGE, AND SOCIAL CHANGE
PAX 231
ANALYZING POVERTY, ITS CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES
PAX 235
THE ETHICS OF POVERTY
PAX 240
VOICES OF WAR AND PEACE: ART, LITERATURE AND FILM
PAX 242
PICTURES OF INJUSTICE: NARRATIVE ARTS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS
PAX 250
TOPICS: TOOLS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
PAX 251
TOPICS: TOOLS TO SUPPORT JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND PEACEBUILDING
PAX 252
FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION
PAX 253
DESPAIR AND HOPE
PAX 268
DISABILITY STUDIES: AN INTRODUCTION
PAX 271
GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS
PAX 278
DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT
PAX 290
TOPICS ON JUSTICE AND PEACE
PAX 299
INDEPENDENT STUDY
PAX 300
TOPICS SEMINAR
PAX 301
THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF NONVIOLENT ACTION
PAX 304
TOPICS IN MIGRATION AND FORCED MIGRATION
PAX 306
GLOBAL EMPIRES
PAX 308
NATURE, SOCIETY AND POWER
PAX 309
CRITICAL DEVELOPMENT THEORY
PAX 312
TRANSCENDING COEXISTENCE: TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND RECONCILIATION
PAX 313
BEYOND CONFLICT RESOLUTION: THE EVOLUTION OF GRASSROOTS PEACEBUILDING
PAX 316
TOPICS IN CRITICAL THEORY, PHILOSOPHY, POLICY
PAX 320
TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE: THEORY AND PRACTICE
PAX 321
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTCES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
PAX 330
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: ORIGINS AND CONTROVERSIES
PAX 331
LIBERATION THEOLOGY
PAX 340
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT: CHALLENGES AND INTERVENTIONS
PAX 345
WOMEN, WAR, AND RESISTANCE
PAX 348
INDIGENOUS POLITICAL STRUGGLES
PAX 350
CAPSTONE IN PEACE, JUSTICE & CONFLICT STUDIES
PAX 362
LANGUAGE AND THE POLITICS OF TERROR
PAX 365
TOPICS IN WAR AND PEACE
PAX 372
TRAUMA, ART & RESILIENCE
PAX 373
LITERATURE OF WAR IN THE 20TH CENTURY
PAX 386
TOPICS IN GLOBAL JUSTICE
PAX 387
TOPICS IN PEACE, JUSTICE AND RELIGION
PAX 388
TOPICS IN LAW, JUSTICE, AND HUMAN RIGHTS
PAX 392
INTERNSHIP IN PEACE , JUSTICE, AND CONFLICT STUDIES
PAX 399
INDEPENDENT STUDY

LAS: Philosophy

Course Title Quarter Hours
PHL 237
PHILOSOPHY, CONFLICT AND PEACE
PHL 264
PHILOSOPHICAL CRITIQUES OF COLONIALISM

LAS: Political Science

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 324
INEQUALITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
PSC 364
COMPARATIVE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
PSC 368
RIGHTS-BASED SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

LAS: Public Policy Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
PPS 251
URBAN POVERTY

LAS: Religious Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
REL 219
SLAVERY, RACE AND RELIGION
REL 252
FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION
REL 253
DESPAIR AND HOPE
REL 264
COLONIZATION, RELIGION AND RESISTANCE
REL 351
LIBERATION THEOLOGY

LAS: Sociology

Course Title Quarter Hours
SOC 231
RACE AND ETHNICITY IN THE CITY
SOC 248
WHITE RACISM
SOC 253
SLAVERY AND RACIALIZATION
SOC 310
CRIMINAL- LEGAL SYSTEM: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES
SOC 358
REVOLUTIONS AND PEASANT REBELLIONS

LAS: Women's and Gender Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
WGS 260
GENDER, SEXUALITY AND VIOLENCE
WGS 275
BLACK FEMINIST THEORIES IN A U.S. CONTEXT
WGS 303
GENDER, VIOLENCE AND RESISTANCE
WGS 307
WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST: BEYOND THE VEIL
WGS 314
ANTIRACIST FEMINISMS
WGS 320
TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE: THEORY AND PRACTICE
WGS 338
SEXUAL JUSTICE: LESBIANS, GAYS AND THE LAW
WGS 342
QUEER PIONEERS: CULTURE, GENDER, AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM
WGS 345
WOMEN, WAR AND RESISTANCE
WGS 352
GENDER, COMMUNITY, AND ACTIVISM: COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING IN WGS
WGS 363
GLOBALLY QUEER: TRANSNATIONAL LGBTQ POLITICS
WGS 364
POLITICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY
WGS 392
INTERNSHIP

College of Communication

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 361
GENDER AND COMMUNICATION
CMNS 367
PERFORMANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

College of Education

Course Title Quarter Hours
LSE 355
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION
LSE 358
EDUCATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

College of Science and Health: Environmental Science and Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENV 344
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY

College of Science and Health: Psychology

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 213
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PSYCHOLOGY

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
FA 389
INTRODUCTION TO RESTORATIVE PEACEMAKING PRACTICES

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.​

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