Peace and Justice Studies

Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) Courses of Study

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Program Overview

The mission of the Peace and Justice Studies Program is to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become active, positive contributors to decisions, policies, and leadership in their communities and work places.

The Peace and Justice Studies Program at Warren Wilson College examines political and cultural identity in relation to social institutions, global processes, and conflict. In their course of study, students engage in critical thinking on race and class, domestic and international policy, nonviolence and warfare, religious ethics, and peacekeeping. The Peace and Justice Studies Program works closely with Gender and Women’s Studies, Africana Studies, Global Studies, and Religious Studies to offer a range of courses in social theory, public policy, political movements, human rights, and international institutions. Students are also encouraged to take courses in service learning, build relationships in Buncombe County communities, and study abroad

Peace and Justice Studies addresses themes of conflict resolution, nonviolent social change, human rights, social and environmental justice, and peacemaking efforts on the local, regional and global levels. A Peace and Justice Studies minor can fruitfully complement practically any major offered at Warren Wilson College.

The goals of the Peace and Justice Studies Program are the following:

  1. To develop knowledge of political and cultural identity in relation to the causes of local and global conflicts and the ways of preventing or resolving them.
  2. To learn how respect for human rights and the natural environment contributes to peace.
  3. To become conversant with the works of major social justice activists and peace advocates.
  4. To apply conflict resolution skills to contemporary issues.

The program oversees the Peace and Justice Studies minor and the Peace and Justice concentration in the Department of Global Studies.

Peace and Social Justice thematic concentration within the Global Studies Major

See Programs of Study: Global Studies – Peace and Social Justice (section

Minor in Peace and Justice Studies

Grades: Students must pass each Peace and Justice Studies course with a grade of C or better for it to count toward fulfillment of the minor.

Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 24 credits hours in Peace and Justice Studies and elective courses to fulfill the minor requirements.

Requirements: PAX 110 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies and 20 additional credit hours that may be divided as follows: a minimum of 12 additional credit hours in PAX courses and up to 8 credit hours from elective courses listed below. A minimum of 8 credit hours of PAX courses must be at the 300-400 levels, exclusive of Independent Study credit hours.

Peace and Justice Studies Elective Courses:

  1. ANT 431-435 Topics in Latin American Anthropology
  2. ECO 383 Economic Growth and Development
  3. ENG 347 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
  4. GDS 100 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
  5. GDS 401 Gender and Social Change
  6. HIS 332 Civil War and Reconstruction
  7. HIS 334 African-American History
  8. HIS 340 Conflict and Community in Early America
  9. PSC 257 International Relations
  10. PSC 330 Politics of Developing States
  11. PSC 336 United States Foreign Policy
  12. REL 111 Exploring Religions
  13. REL 213 Religion and Environmental Justice
  14. REL 254 Critical Race Theory
  15. REL 310 Race, Morality, and the Politics of Crime
  16. REL 321 Religion, Peace, and Social Justice: Seminar
  17. SOC 271 Environmental Sociology
  18. SOC/GDS 310 Media and Social Inequality
  19. SOC/GDS 325 Gender, Development, and the Environment
  20. SOC/GDS 366 Feminist Thought
  21. Selected Special Topics courses with the prior permission of the Director of Peace and Justice Studies