Why Choose Nazareth for Peace and Justice Studies?

Nazareth's provocative peace and justice studies degree program examines the way human beings resolve conflict and work towards justice on interpersonal and global levels. Our interdisciplinary approach allows students to complement their perspectives on ethical theory, political justice, and class conflict, for example, with studies in philosophy, political science, economics, and other areas of interest.

The peace and justice studies major combines rigorous academic study with self-reflection and engagement in service learning. Two semesters of service work are required in an area of social justice or community organizing. Past internships have included Metro Justice, St. Joseph's House of Hospitality, and Action for a Better Community.

A senior seminar on nonviolence serves as the capstone course, which studies the works of Martin Luther King and Gandhi, among others.

Program Highlights

  • Strong liberal arts curriculum with related courses in English literature, anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, economics, and other humanities.
  • Emphasis on writing and critical thinking.
  • Six-credit foreign language requirement.
  • Seniors can take a capstone course on non-violence where they are required to write a senior thesis.
  • A two-semester community service internship, where students use what they learn in their other courses to reflect on the significance of their service work.

Typical Class Schedule

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Contact Information

Harry Murray

Harry Murray

Director
hmurray9@naz.edu
Additional Positions:
Professor & Chair in Sociology & Anthropology
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Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Ernst '11

“I’m going to educate myself on things I really care about — I’m getting an education, not a degree.”

Example Careers/Outcomes

  • Government
  • Diplomacy
  • Relief service
  • Peace Corps
  • Graduate work in international relations and religious studies
  • Organic farming

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Iraq Vets Against the War
  • Fiacre Gardens Microfarm
  • Partners in Restorative Initiatives
  • United Nations Association of Germany, Berlin, Germany

Beyond Self

  • Approximately 91% of Nazareth undergraduates participate in community service while they are students.
  • Nazareth is one of the few schools to have an on-campus Center for Civic Engagement.

Related Information

Voices for Creative Nonviolence