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Justice and Peace Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The program offers a general major or minor, along with three optional tracks for major concentrations:

  • The Conflict Transformation concentration prepares students to analyze the dynamics and identify transformative opportunities in conflicts at multiple levels, from interpersonal to international, while developing practical skills in mediation and conflict resolution through partnerships with local practitioners and organizations that exemplify best practices in the field.
  • The Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy concentration develops social analysis skills for public policy formation, evidence-based research and argumentation, as well as communication and networking skills for effective advocacy around issues such as environmental sustainability and climate change, foreign policy and peacebuilding, and economic justice and social welfare.
  • The Leadership for Social Justice concentration helps students anticipate and begin preparing for the full arc of a career in which successful community organizing requires them to institutionalize the changes they seek, through social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.

Core courses for the major and minor, and the pattern of the program in general, make use of the four stages of the Circle of Praxis:

  • Experience (actual and vicarious) of poverty, injustice, social conflict, or marginalization.
  • Descriptive analysis: Empirical study of the economic, political, social, and cultural realities of society, and the historical events that produce them.
  • Normative analysis: Moral judgment on existing societies; study of alternative possibilities; and analysis of the moral values at stake.
  • Action possibilities: Strategies and skills for transforming society from its present condition to a better condition.
  • The justice and peace studies program is strongly interdisciplinary and interfaith. It promotes understanding and appreciation of widely diverse ideologies, cultures, and world views. Special attention is given to the rich tradition of Roman Catholic social thought in the context of pluralistic world societies.

    Students graduating with a major in justice and peace studies will understand how the circle of praxis works, as well as the role of each of its components. They will also know how to use skills associated with each component. They will know the principles of active nonviolence, how it operates to promote social change, and historical examples of its use. Students will also learn the techniques and appropriate uses of other methods of social change, with special focus on community organizing, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management and public policy advocacy. They will be able to engage in respectful dialogue with people whose values and positions differ widely from their own. They will understand and be able to use conflict resolution skills in personal life and small groups, and they will understand how these techniques are used in inter-group and international conflicts. They will have developed the personal skills and confidence to work effectively in organizations committed to justice and peace.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies 
    • Active Nonviolence 
    • Public Policy
    • Leadership for Social Justice
    • Conflict Analysis and Transformation
    • Vocational Internship Seminar 
    • Theologies of Justice and Peace 
    • Introduction to American Culture and Difference
    • Conservation Biology
    • Communication in Popular Culture 
    • Communication of Race, Class, and Gender 
    • Media, Culture and Society
    • Media Structure and Power
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Current Economic Issues
    • Economics of the Public Sector 
    • Labor Economics 
    • Economics of Development and Growth 
    • Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions 
    • Social Dynamics and the Environment
    • Human Geography

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


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    General Requirements

  • The official undergraduate application for admission.
  • The admissions committee considers each student’s academic record, writing sample and recommendations, if applicable. Depending on the Admission Type to which you applied - Early Action or Regular Decision - applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decisions announced at the respective notification date
  • Each confirmed student is required to provide a final high school transcript after graduation prior to the first day of class in the fall semester of admission.
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester are required to demonstrate proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Saint Paul

    • 1040 - 1760 USD/month
      Living Costs

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