Intercultural Peace and Justice Studies is a relatively new interdisciplinary field, with most programs having been established over the course of the past decade. The HNU program provides students with a theoretical and practical knowledge of the relationship between peace and justice, including the history of how various communities have understood and acted upon these ideas. Moreover, the HNU Intercultural Peace and Justice Studies program discusses models and techniques for overcoming injustice and fostering more peaceful relations, and provides experiential opportunities for students to use their classroom insights in a field placement.
This program is based primarily in two disciplines (Religious Studies and Sociology), though it does allow for student choice by drawing upon the social justice concerns found in a variety of courses across the curriculum. The major can thus be tailored to fit the specific desires of individual students in consultation with an advisor. To promote a balance between theory and praxis, reflection and engaged action, students participate in a one-semester travel experience or community service project directly focused on issues of peace and social justice.
This major provides preparation for those seeking careers in law and criminal justice, social work, counseling, mediation and conflict resolution, nonprofit management, development and diplomacy as well as other related fields. It is strongly recommended as a secondary major, done in conjunction with another major, especially from the Humanities or Social Sciences.
About the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Peace and Justice
To meet the 27 upper division unit requirement, students may select from other relevant 3 unit courses, such as BIO 110 Environmental Science, BIO 120 Natural History of California, BSAD 151 Business, Government, and Society, HIST 172 African American Experiences, HIST 174 Asian American Experiences, HIST 177 Latino American Experiences, HIST 179 Indigenous Experiences, LALS 128B Latin American Poetry of Resistance, LALS 178 History and Culture of El Salvador, PHIL 156 Ethics at Work, RLST 75 World Wisdom Traditions, SOCI 147 Gender Issues. Moreover, if a specific “concentration” (e.g. in the environment) is desired, some of these classes may be substituted with the advisor’s approval.