The Georgetown University Program on Justice and Peace is a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural community of students, faculty, staff, and community partners who share a commitment to the academic study and lived pursuits of peace and social justice. The Program offers undergraduate students in Justice and Peace Studies (JUPS) a major in the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a minor in the College, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the McDonough School of Business, and the School of Foreign Service. The Program fosters 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, experiential pedagogy, and student-produced media are hallmarks of the Program. 

Welcome Letter

It is our distinct pleasure to welcome you to the Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS) online portal. We are a dynamic, growing program, one that unflinchingly addresses the critical issues of our time. JUPS students explore patterns and processes of war and peace, violence and nonviolence, and injustice and justice through an interdisciplinary synergy of scholarly engagement and practical application, doing so at all levels from the interpersonal to the international. JUPS strives to uphold and further the mission of Georgetown University by fostering a “commitment to justice and the common good” and instilling an ethic that encourages people “to be responsible and active participants in civic life and to live generously in service to others.” We invite you to learn more about our program and to share in the important work of building a more just and peaceful world.

Co-Directors of the Program on Justice and Peace

Related Links


  • Thumbnail for JUPS Program Celebrates the Class of 2017
    JUPS Program Celebrates the Class of 2017
    May 24, 2017
    The day before graduation, JUPS majors, minors, and certificates of the class of 2017 gathered in Arrupe Hall with their families for the program's annual senior celebration before the university-wide social justice sendoff.
  • JUPS Major Wins Prestigious McTighe Prize
    May 16, 2017
    Matt Behrens (COL '18) will be the 2017-2018 New Student Convocation student speaker this fall.
  • JUPS seniors Eliza McCurdy and Carlo Izzo create interactive map of the District's shelters
    December 8, 2015
    In collaboration with the Center for Social Justice and the Georgetown Ministry Center, JUPS seniors Eliza McCurdy and Carlo Izzo created their Hypothermia Outreach infographic for JUPS 299: Research Methods in Justice and Peace to tell the story of the founding of the Georgetown Ministry Center and the dangers that winter weather poses for individuals experiencing homelessness. As part of their infographic, they built an interactive map of the District's year-round, seasonal, and alert night shelters that can be used by service providers and individuals seeking a safe place to spend the night.
  •  Thomas Scharff
    Alumni Spotlight: Thomas Scharff
    December 7, 2015
    Thomas Scharff graduated from the Georgetown College in May 2012 with a JUPS minor and a Goverment major. After graduating, Thomas served for two years as a volunteer in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps International program in Tacna, Peru from 2012-2014. He currently works at the University Antonia Ruiz de Montoya, the one Jesuit university in Peru, as a coordinator and teacher at the English center.