Justice & Peace and Justice & Society

College of Arts and Sciences

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.

You Might Enjoy this Program If You: 

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.

Career Outlook: 

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.

Job Placement: 

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.

Advanced Study: 

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.

Program tabs

Justice & Society Major
Freshman year: SOC 102 (or SOC 101, ANT 111, NAS 101)
Sophomore year:  SOC 312, SOC 314
Sophomore or junior year: SOC 301, JPS 365, a service-learning course
Junior or senior year: JPS 565, JPS 588
Senior year: JPS 499
any year: 2 electives in SOC and/or ANT, 1 elective in social analysis from another department

Justice & Peace Studies Minor
Junior year: JPS 365
Junior or senior year: JPS 565, JPS 588, a social science elective, a service-learning course
Senior year: JPS 499

Justice & Peace and Justice & Society Internship Opportunities

1. SOC 385 Community Internship

2. City government departments and private and public agencies provide opportunities for semester-long participation in their regular operations.  Academic coordination provided by a department faculty member.

3. http://www.StudentOpportunitiesWebsite.com

Justice & Peace and Justice & Society Research Opportunities

1. Many of the courses in the JAS major require research papers and teach research skills and practices.

2. http://www.ResearchOpportunitiesWebsite.com