Peace & Justice Studies

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

‌The Program in Peace and Justice Studies is an expression of the Jesuit educational commitment which is fundamentally identified with the promotion of the values of peace and justice. The program is based on the principle that true peace is not only the absence of hostilities, but also requires the establishment of a just social order providing a decent and dignified life for all.

Accordingly, the minor provides the student with an opportunity for the systematic study of a variety of issues in world peace and social justice, as well as an examination of how different religions and philosophical traditions have thought about these values.

The minor program in peace and justice studies at Fairfield University offers you the opportunity to devote time, attention, and energy to the most pressing issues of social justice and peace in our time. The events of the early 21st century put in stark relief the importance of thinking about such matters, whatever your major or career goals. Issues explored through this program include:

  • The war on terror
  • Peace in the Middle East
  • The environment
  • Proliferation of nuclear weapons
  • Human trafficking
  • Poverty in inner cities
  • Discrimination based on race, gender, class, and sexualit
  • The crumbling healthcare system

These matters of concern are addressed in accordance with the simple advice of Pope Paul VI:

"If you want peace, work for justice."

The Program of Peace and Justice at Fairfield provides systematic study of these and other issues by examining how various religions and philosophical traditions have addressed them and analyzing their political, economic, and social dimensions. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and works well as a stimulating complement to the choice of many major fields of study at Fairfield.

Thoughtful consideration of how we might create change and develop a vision for the future guides this program. It is the academic expression of the Jesuit commitment to "the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement."