• the social teaching of the Catholic Church
  • learn how responsible citizenship and the Catholic faith are related
  • have opportunities to learn about the Church’s teachings on justice and peace
  • examine the Catholic Church’s perspective on current events
  • have a strong desire to understand the Catholic Church’s social teaching
  • enjoy service through volunteer and missionary work
  • service in the Catholic Church
  • missionary work through the Benedictine Volunteer Corps
  • seminary
  • social work

Program Mission:

The Interdisciplinary minor in Justice and Peace Studies offers students an opportunity to develop knowledge of many of the world’s major problems and a responsible social conscience guided by Catholic social teaching. Courses included in the concentration incorporate the broader perspectives of just action, the common good, and environmental concern, and focus on at least one of the following:

  • Socio-economic conditions or potential changes in those conditions affecting justice/peace (e.g., SO 351 Social Problems)
  • Socio-political philosophies or movements (e.g., PO 402 Modern Political Philosophy)
  • The relationships between individual human existence and the larger social or natural world (e.g., PC 360 Social Psychology)


The minor, which consists of 15 credit hours of upper-level courses, is introduced by TH 340 Catholic Social Teaching; concludes with an internship placement, and includes three elective courses (drawn from Biology, Business, Economics, Education, English, Government and Political Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Theology). The minor is open to students of any major. Interested students should contact one of the co-directors of the program.

  • TH 340 Catholic Social Teaching
  • Three (3) elective courses approved by the Co-Directors of the Justice and Peace Minor (see list below)
  • Internship approved by the Co-Directors of the Justice and Peace Minor

Elective Courses currently approved for the Minor include:

  • BI 312 Issues in Natural Sciences
  • BU 410 Business and Society
  • CJ 365 Juvenile Justice
  • CJ 403 Ethics & Criminal Justice
  • EC/PO 355/356 Political Economy
  • ED 399 Diversity in Education
  • EN 205 Love in the Literary Tradition
  • EN 303 20th & 21st Century Women Writers
  • EV 300 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ET 401 Social Ventures (Nonprofits)
  • HI 412 The History of American Civil Rights Movement
  • PC 360 Social Psychology
  • PO 401/402 Classical/Modern Political Philosophy
  • SO 313 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 314 Social Inequality
  • SO 351 Social Problems
  • TH 330 Introduction to Moral Theology
  • TH 345 Theology of Sexuality and Marriage

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Faculty Advisor:

Sr. Jane Russell, O.S.F - Associate Professor of Theology, Coordinator of Justice and Peace Studies
B.A., Alverno College
M.A., University of San Francisco
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Dr. Grattan Brown – Assistant Professor of Theology
B.A., Washington and Lee University
S.T.B., University of St. Thomas Aquinas
M.A., University of Memphis
S.T.L., Accademia Alfonsiana
Ph.D., Accademia Alfonsiana