Given the importance of peace to the survival of our planet and its inhabitants, the peace and justice studies program is an invaluable component of a Warren Wilson College education. Upon graduation, our students will enter greater society. The knowledge and skills they will have gained from a Peace and Justice Studies minor will help them become active, positive contributors to decisions, policies, and leadership in their communities and work places. A Peace and Justice Studies minor could fruitfully complement practically any major now offered at WWC. However, given the strength of WWC's existing environmental studies program and the importance of environmental justice to regional and global peace, it is natural for Peace and Justice Studies and Environment Studies to contribute to and benefit from each other. This is done by the addition of an environmental justice course under PAX and the exchange of class visits and lectures by Peace and Justice Studies and Environmental Studies faculty.
II. Design of the Peace and Justice Studies Minor
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. The goals of this minor include having students become knowledgeable of the causes of conflicts and the ways of preventing or resolving them. Students will also learn how respect for human rights and the natural environment contribute to peace. A Peace and Justice Studies minor can fruitfully complement practically all majors offered at Warren Wilson College.
Requirements: PAX 110 and twenty additional credits that may be divided as follows: a minimum of twelve additional credits in PAX courses and up to 8 credits from elective courses listed below. A minimum of 8 credits of PAX courses must be at the 300-400 levels, exclusive of Independent Study credits.
Peace and Justice Studies Courses
PAX 110 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies -- 4cr (offered most semesters). Satisfies the Triad Education Language Global Issues course requirement.
PAX 199 Independent Study -- 1-4cr
PAX 230 Freedom and Dissent -- 4cr. Satisfies the Triad Education Social Science course requirement
PAX 329 Lifestyles of Nonviolence -- 4cr. Satisfies the Triad Education Social Science course requirement
This course satisfies the Triad Education Social Science course requirement.
PAX 246 Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement -- 4cr. Satisfies the Triad Education Social Science course requirement.
PAX 281 Humanitarian Law--2 cr
PAX 290-298 Special Topics in Peace and Justice Studies -- 2-4cr
In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Peace and Justice Studies. May be repeated for credit under different topics.
PAX 299 Independent Study -- 1-4cr
PAX 320 The Palestine Question -- 4cr.Satisfies the Triad Education Language/Global Issues course requirement.
PAX 325 Resolving Conflict Local and Global -- 4cr. Satisfies the Triad Education Language Global Issues course requirement.
PAX 326 Human Rights
PAX 327 Environmental Justice
PAX 399 Independent Study -- 1-4cr
PAX 499 Independent Study -- 1-4cr
ANT 105 Survey of Latin America
ANT 431 Politics of Indigenous Identity in Latin America
ECO 383 International Economic Development
ENG 347 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
HIS 332 Civil War and Reconstruction
HIS 334 History of the African-American Experience
HIS 340 Conflict and Community in Early America
ICS 314 Mahatma Gandhi: Experiments with the Truth
PHI 252 Environmental Ethics
PSC 257 International Relations
PSC 330 Politics of Developing States
PSC 336 U.S. Foreign Policy
REL 111 Exploring Religions
REL 314 Religion, Nature, and the Environment
REL Religion, Peace and Social Justice
SOC 215 Women and Society
SOC 271 Environmental Sociology
Soc 296 Race, Class, Gender Inequalities
SOC 322 Race Relations in the United States
SOC/WMS 325 Gender, Development, and the Environment
SOC/WMS 366 Feminist Thought
SOW 291 International Social Service and Social Work
WMS 100 Introduction to Women?s Studies
WMS 401 From Patriarchy to Partnership
Selected Special Topics Courses with the prior permission of the Director of Peace Studies.