Justice and Peace Studies Minor


Justice and Peace Studies Minor

  • Prepare for leadership in today’s complex, interdependent, global society.
  • Develop skills in critical analysis and cultivate the capacity for hope.
  • Learn to embody Marywood’s core values through an emphasis on respect for each person, empowerment for social change, and service.

Courses: (Requires 18 Credits)

Required courses are three in religious studies and one in history. These include a service course--either RST 339 or 338, RST 230 Political and Liberation Theologies, and one of these ethics courses--either RST 216 or RST 233. The required course in history is HIST 105. The remainder of the 18 credits may be taken from any of the courses listed below.

Because the ability to integrate interdisciplinary resources is essential to the purpose of the program, a capstone paper is required in whichever course is the final course that the student takes to meet the program requirements. This capstone requirement will be negotiated at the beginning of the course by the student to the satisfaction of the applicable professor.


  • RST 230          Political and Liberation Theologies (new course)
  • RST 216          Social Morality: National Issues
  • RST 233          Christian Social Morality: A Global Perspective
  • RST 339          International Service Program
  • RST 338          National/Local Service Program
  • RST 234          Women and Religion


  • BUS 380         Business Ethics 


  • ENGL 485      Writing and Cultural Studies
  • ENGL 490      Feminist Writing and Rhetoric 


  • SPAN  332      Hispanic Literature of Social Protest


  • PHIL 318        Perspectives on the Pursuit of Peace (Cross listed with History 120)
  • PHIL 328        Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 340        Animal Ethics
  • PHIL 415        Climate Justice
  • PHIL 416        Perspectives on Women
  • PHIL 431        Global Justice



  • HIST 105        Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World* required
  • HIST 120        Perspectives on the Pursuit of Peace (cross listed with Philosophy)
  • HIST 220        Hunger in the Twenty-first Century
  • HIST 230        Women in the Developing World
  • HIST 440        Contemporary History of Latin America
  • HIST 443        Contemporary History of Africa
  • HIST 454        Contemporary History of the Middle East


  • SW 230           Analysis of Social Welfare Policy
  • SW 250           Contemporary Social work Practice
  • SW425            Children’s Rights and Societal Response

Students interested in the minor should contact the director, 

Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, ND

570-348-6211, ex 2973

Immaculata Hall 114