Justice & Peace and Justice & Society
The Justice and Peace Studies Program offers a major in Justice and Society and a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. The courses for both the major and the minor integrate community service, analysis, and reflection in the context of a faith that does justice and seeks a more peaceful world. This program is a response to the challenge of Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, to “educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world.” It is premised on Fr. Kolvenbach’s insight that “personal involvement with innocent suffering, with the injustices others suffer, is the catalyst for solidarity which then gives rise to intellectual inquiry and moral reflection.”
The major in Justice and Society is an interdisciplinary major that combines requirements for the minors in Sociology and Anthropology and in Justice and Peace Studies. Many JAS courses are cross-listed from other departments and programs. The JAS major requires 37 credit hours. Likewise, the minor also is interdisciplinary and requires 18 credit hours.
Undergraduate students interested in careers in social change and/or social justice will be well prepared by the JAS major. Students may concentrate their work in sociology, anthropology or criminal justice, and they may emphasize either domestic or international contexts.
Students interested in interdisciplinary study and reflection, as well as committed to social service and social change, will find their home in the Justice and Peace Studies program. They will know Christian social ethics and social responsibility. Justice and Peace Studies students will advocate for and with the poor and marginalized, and be insightful, faithful, lifelong agents for social justice and peace.
Justice and Society graduates work in a variety of public service positions. Many graduates go on to do post-graduate volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Cap Corps Midwest, Peace Corps, and Teach for America, before enrolling in graduate or professional school.
Creighton graduates have accepted such position as: Director of Public Service Projects at the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas; Director of the Institute for Latin American Concern at Creighton University; Associate Director of the Center for Service and Justice at Creighton University; Director of Midwest Capuchin Volunteer Corps; Assistant to the Director of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Justice and Peace Studies students have pursued post-graduate study in multiple fields including Social Work, Business Administration, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Law, Medicine, Public Policy, Latin American Studies, Public Health, Theology, International Relations, and Education.