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Justice & Peace Studies


Recognizing the need for Catholic commitment and social responsibility, and being aware that contemporary moral problems have global implications, Clarke University offers a minor in Justice & Peace Studies (JPST). The program of study draws upon the strengths of various disciplines and emphasizes an understanding of recent history, contemporary social/political problems, and ethical values. Students who combine the justice and peace minor with another major will be well-equipped to channel their passion for peace and justice through vocations such as medicine, law, politics, or mass communications.

Justice & Peace Studies is a multidisciplinary minor that explores the causes and nature of conflict and war, the connections between violence, terrorism, war and social life, and models of peacebuilding, healing, and reconciliation in the resolution and transformation of conflict.

Students often pair the Justice & Peace minor with a major in History, Philosophy, Psychology, and Communication. General JPST minor options are especially suitable for students who wish to complement another major with social justice perspectives, analysis, and skillsets.

Unique Justice & Peace Studies Classes
Here is a sampling of the types of unique and diverse classes you will take in the Justice & Peace Studies degree program:

WORLD ISSUES A study of current political world issues within an understanding of the historical settings.

PHILOSOPHY OF PEACE AND WAR A study of concepts, theories, and issues broadly related to violence and nonviolence but with emphasis on alternatives to the use of violence. Specific topics include the just war theory, nuclear weapons proliferation, deterrence, human rights, Catholic social teaching, civilian-based defense, and conflict resolution.

RACE AND ETHNICITY Race and ethnicity examines fundamental issues of US diversity and ways in which social structures and cultural beliefs have reinforced 19th-century notions of racial inequity. The course then explores how changes to these structures and beliefs can lead to racial equity. We do this through both historical and social science lenses.

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Program Details

You will complete 21 semester hours in the disciplines of history, political science, religious studies, philosophy, sociology, and justice and peace studies. We foster creative and collaborative explorations of complex questions of practical morality and domestic and global politics. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning, including social action, community engagement, and experiential pedagogy are hallmarks of this minor.

A JPST minor prepares students for a wide variety of careers, or advanced study, spanning the fields of law, politics, education, medicine, business, nonprofit management, community development, and advocacy. In general, there is never a shortage of jobs in justice and peace work.  Sometimes there is a shortage of jobs with salaries, or salaries and wages are modest, but there is never any lack of work.

As a true liberal arts major, Justice & Peace Studies will enrich any major or area of work. No matter what one chooses to do, one will do it with expanded skills and insights in critical thinking, effective work, and wise action on behalf of the common good.

The Power of Liberal Arts

The ability to write well, speak well, and problem solve are some of the top skills employers seek when hiring new graduates. Leaders need to know how to create, collaborate, innovate, and inspire. A liberal arts education and minor in writing prepares you to do just that, forming those critical skills that separate leaders from followers. And, because a liberal arts education translates to many different careers, you also have the option of easily jumping into a new job if you’re ready to try something different.

Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Minors help students acquire knowledge that supports their major and adds breadth to their education. Students generally obtain a minor by completing 21 semester hours in that field. Course descriptions can be found under the appropriate departmental heading. Consult with your advisor to apply for a minor field of study.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

How About a Career?
What can you do with a minor in Justice & Peace studies degree? The one-to-one learning that happens at Clarke in our Justice & Peace studies minor means students succeed at securing internships and subsequent career opportunities. Clarke Justice & Peace degree-seeking students have careers in Dubuque, Iowa, regionally, and internationally in the following fields:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Agriculture and Environment
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Meet Our Faculty

When our Justice & Peace Studies degree graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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William Gregory, Ph.D.

William Gregory, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Knowledge has a power of its own to transform lives and open up the world anew. I simply aspire to be a messenger.

Paulette Skiba, Ph.D.

Paulette Skiba, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Religious Studies

I try to create a space in the classroom where students are free to grapple honestly with the central questions of meaning, purpose, and God.

Norm Freund, Ph.D.

Norm Freund, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Philosophy

I hope that my students cultivate a critical mind that hungers for truth with a passion for making a difference in the world.

Kent Anderson, Ph.D.

A teacher must never forget that each student is somebody’s son or daughter, somebody’s pride and joy.

Tom Riley, Ph.D.

Tom Riley, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Community is among the keys to happiness, and I’m grateful to Clarke for providing me that.

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75 years
Combined experience

The three full-time philosophy faculty have 75+ years combined experience at Clarke and each brings a “different flavor” to the classroom.

Justice and Peace Programs

In 1980 there were 75 peace studies programs in the United States; today, there are over 400.

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