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Peace, Ethics and Social Justice

The Peace, Ethics and Social Justice minor is for students who want to make a difference and help make the world more peaceful and just.

The minor can be paired with any major and may help students to envision how their major will help them to be engaged citizens. Career paths for PESJ students branch in many directions: post-violence community building, environmental activism, sustainable agriculture, peace education, government, conflict resolution, or social change through the arts.

Department Facilities and Equipment

Most Peace, Ethics and Social Justice classes are in Wallace Hall. The college's centerpiece facility also houses the offices of the president and academic dean, general classrooms, grants office, the Trotter Computerized Classroom, a multimedia production lab, and faculty offices for history, government, classics, education and communication.


  • Examine the causes and contexts of violence and war, especially issues of systemic violence and social injustice.
  • Explore ethical frameworks as conceptual background for helping students understand peace and social justice. Students examine conceptual, social, and cultural frameworks in which beliefs and values are held. Students develop ethical empathy through understanding a variety of perspectives for decisions about how to live, treat others, and organize society.
  • Value the creativity of moral imagination to inspire political change. Through the arts—music, dance, poetry, the visual arts and humanities—the program inspires a “revolution in consciousness” (author bell hooks).
  • Examine dispositions, practices, and activities for pursuing peace and justice at personal, communal and global levels, which can include the planet and non-human animals.

Career Opportunities

  • District Attorney
  • Community Service Coordinator
  • Agricultural Entrepreneur
  • Lobbyist
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Case Management
  • Immigration & Customs Agent
  • Police Officer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Organic Farmer