Peace and Justice Studies
|"Pace students and faculty are actively engaged in the struggle for gender and racial justice, disarmament and environmental sustainability. Pace’s exciting new program in Peace and Justice studies will help cultivate the next generation of thinking activists, advocates, campaigners and humanitarians."
– Jody Williams
Nobel Peace Prize winner and chair of the Nobel Women's Initiative
The Peace and Justice Studies (PJS) program at Dyson College examines direct, structural, symbolic and environmental violence; social justice; theories and practice of nonviolence and conflict transformation; conflict resolution techniques including negotiation, mediation and facilitation; and interdisciplinary perspectives on peacebuilding and peacemaking. The program reflects our commitment to theory and practice in this interdisciplinary field and is consistent with Pace University’s mission of civic engagement and global citizenship.
At this time, there is no other university in Manhattan that offers a PJS major. New York City is an ideal place to study Peace and Justice Studies as the city is able to offer a stream of opportunities to intern with social service or government agencies, experience cutting edge art and drama that addresses social issues, explore a landscape that is overflowing with historical markers related to social justice, participate in and observe social protest movements, take advantage of the many offerings of the United Nations and meet people from all over the world whose life stories contribute firsthand testimonies about both conflict and peace building..
Our program blends theoretical learning and practical experience for a unique and rewarding educational experience for our students.
Learning that Inspires Intellect
The Peace and Justice Studies program is centered around three central pillars that draw upon the way Peace and Justice Studies is conceptualized in the broader field - research, action and education. Based on these values, PJS students emerge:
- as competent and confident researchers;
- engaged in the prevention of suffering and the cessation of violent conflict; and
- interested and committed to their own education and the education of the world around them.
The PJS major is a good co-curricular fit with many existing Pace programs including: Model United Nations, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Ally Task Force, Stonewall Coalition, #PaceUEndRape and Jumpstart. As a university committed to helping students build community among themselves, these activities represent opportunities for students to extend the theoretical knowledge from the PJS classroom into opportunities for personal exploration, advocacy and engagement.
The PJS program draws upon and fosters connection to three different communities - the Pace campus, New York City and the world. The PJS program helps students to connect to one another and seek out others who are interested in debating and thinking about complex social problems. Our urban environment provides a rich context for students to explore the "real-world" challenges and achievements in peacebuilding and social justice work. Our Center for Community Action and Research compliments the academic focus of the PJS program by linking students with opportunities to get involved in volunteer work and internships throughout the city.
Dyson's Innovative, Scholarly Faculty
Our faculty, who bring real-world experience into the classroom, offer specialties in peace and conflict studies, restorative justice, nonviolence, gender, humanitarian aid, religion and peacebuilding, postcolonial theory, developmental studies, and reconciliation and transitional justice.
The PJS major prepares students to pursue careers in non-profits, humanitarian and international aid work, international law, negotiation, diplomacy, mediation, economic development, poverty reduction, restorative justice and more.
This program is offered on Pace University’s New York City campus.
A minor in Peace and Justice Studies provides students training that will serve them in a variety of careers and programs of advanced study. Career fields include policy research, legislative lobbying, public education, canvassing/petitioning, community service and more. Students who graduate with an interest in Peace and Justice Studies often go on to professional and graduate programs. A growing number of universities offer graduate education in peace and conflict studies. Most of these programs are affiliated with departments or schools of sociology, political science, psychology, law, or theology.
For more information, contact:
Emily Welty, PhD
Peace and Justice Studies Program Director
New York City Campus
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