Peace and Justice Studies


Peace and Justice Studies is a multidisciplinary minor that explores the causes and nature of conflict and war, the connections between violence, terrorism, war and social life, and models of peacebuilding, healing and reconciliation in the resolution and transformation of conflict. Students who minor in Peace and Justice Studies are encouraged to explore opportunities relevant to Peace and Justice Studies through fieldwork, service learning, internships and study abroad.  

Faculty across the campus contribute courses to the Peace and Justice Studies Minor, representing a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies. The Peace and Justice Studies program is enriched by continued association with Fellow of Peace and Justice Studies, Rajmohan Ramanathapillai, former professor of Philosophy and Peace and Justice Studies at Gettysburg College.

Interested students should contact the following faculty: 

Lisa Portmess, Coordinator - lportmes@gettysburg.edu

Requirements for the Minor are:  one Core course - IDS 121, PHIL 219, PHIL 222 or PHIL 226; at least two courses at the 200-level; at least two at the 300 level or above.  Of the courses taken beyond the Gateway course, students are encouraged to take at least one with a global focus and one with a domestic focus.  One of the courses taken at the 300 level or above will be designated as the capstone for the minor, and may be an Independent Study.

The sixth course for the minor may be any course chosen from the list of approved courses, or students may email the program coordinator with a request to have another course count.