Peace and Justice Studies at the University of Montevallo examines causes and consequences of economic disparity, institutionalized inequality, and strategies of peace building and conflict resolution.
UM’s location at the heart of the civil rights triangle in rural Alabama and our institutional history of working toward gender equity and inclusivity provides unique opportunities to pursue the work of a peace and justice studies minor. Our students explore community issues within global contexts to critically analyze race, gender, and class relations.
We offer students spaces for experiential education and community partnerships as well as scholarly engagement to learn the history of and techniques for conflict resolution, mediation, social change, and critical thinking. Minors may enhance their major field of study through our social justice framework and go on to become negotiators, community mediators, government officials, educators, businesspeople, organizers, and professionals in organizations focused on human rights, dispute resolution, environmental protection, international law, and human and economic development.
PJS 200 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies (3 credits) – required
Exploration of issues, methods, and terminology essential to Peace and Justice Studies. Consists of readings, projects, and lecture-based study. Interdisciplinary course taught by UM professors in selected fields.
PJS 370/470 Special Topics in Peace and Justice Studies (3 credits) – required
Topics vary. Course may be repeated once for credit if topic changes.
Electives (12 credits) – list of approved electives announced each semester
Total: 18 credits
Peace and Justice Studies Committee Members
Jennifer Rickel, Co-Chair
Meredith Tetloff, Co-Chair
|Susan Caplow||Environmental Studies|
|Andrea Eckelman||Political Science|
|Leonor Vazquez-Gonzalez||Latin American Studies (Service Learning and Community Engagement)|
|Tom Sanders||Business (Nonprofit Studies)|
|Greg Samuels||Education (African American Studies)|
|Catherine Walsh||Art History|
|Ariel Hall||Student (non-voting)|