The only Jesuit university in the Rocky Mountain region, Regis University has offered a B.A. in peace and justice studies since 2007. Students majoring in this degree study problems of violence and injustice – such as war, capital punishment, climate change and others – from sociological, philosophical, historical, feminist, and peace and justice perspectives. The department also emphasizes practical skills in areas like conflict resolution, community organizing, and community-based research and teaches students to apply these toward creating more peaceful and just communities, locally and globally.
The peace and justice studies major requires 30 credit hours of study, including an introductory course, a community-based research and writing course, a course on community organizing, and a senior capstone course, which includes an internship component and final portfolio.
In keeping with Jesuit tradition, Regis University emphasizes community engagement through its Center for Service Learning. The center’s Engaged Scholar-Activist Program is open to all students at the university, providing opportunity for leadership development through off-campus service and involvement with community organizations in Denver. Students in the department of peace and justice studies are also required to complete an internship with an outside organization. Regis University also offers an 18-credit peace and justice studies minor.
Dr. Geoffrey Bateman