Major Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of eleven courses in the major.

Foundational Courses (5 courses total)

  1. Introduction to Justice and Peace (JUPS 1010) – offered every semester and online in the summer
  2. Nonviolence Theory and Practice (JUPS 2010) – offered every semester 
  3. Conflict Transformation (JUPS 2030) – offered every semester
  4. Research Methods in Justice and Peace (JUPS 3040) – offered every semester
  5. Senior Seminar (JUPS 303)* – fulfilled by taking three one-credit JUPS modules in the senior year (Fall and/or Spring)

Electives (6 courses total)

Students choose six courses from JUPS core electives or classes cross-listed with JUPS. At least two of these courses must be from the JUPS core electives. Click HERE for a list of past electives and HERE for current ones.

Theories or Theologies of Justice and Peace (concurrent required course): At least one elective course must emphasize theories or theologies of justice and peace. This requirement can be satisfied through an elective course cross-listed with JUPS or from course offerings in the PHIL or THEO Departments. This is not an additional required course, but a concurrent one; students should consult with a JUPS advisor. Potential courses for this requirement include:

Community-Based Learning Requirement (CBL): All JUPS students are required to satisfy a Community-Based Learning Requirement (CBL). Students are encouraged to satisfy the CBL Requirement early in their program whenever possible and may choose to take more than one CBL course during their studies. For all JUPS CBL information, click HERE.

Potential Four-Year Course Plan

All students must take the gateway course “Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies: JUPS 1010” before declaring the major or minor. The following grid presents an example of what a potential JUPS major course of study could look like: 

* must be declared as a JUPS major/minor before registration
YearFall SemesterSpring Semester
JUPS 1010 (if not taken in freshman fall or freshman spring)
1 JUPS Electives(theories/theologies)
2 JUPS Electives
(Include CBL course)
1 JUPS Electives
2 JUPS Electives

and 1 JUPS one-credit modules
2 JUPS one-credit modules