The Justice and Peace Studies (JPS) minor provides a unique opportunity for students to develop a holistic framework of justice and peace that complements any major or career aspiration. As with the Justice and Society major, the JPS minor curriculum corresponds to the four interdisciplinary stages of the Pastoral Circle1:

  • Experience: Students take one Academic Service-Learning course to thoughtfully interact with persons and communities;
  • Social Analysis: Students take one course in Cultural and Social Studies to understand societal systems, structures and policies;
  • Ethical Reflection: Students take courses in Justice and Peace Studies/Theology to make moral judgments about social conditions;
  • Vocational Discernment: Students take JPS 499: Senior Seminar to discern actions and careers that can achieve justice and peace.

The Justice and Peace Studies minor is part of Creighton’s Catholic, Jesuit commitment to “educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world” and help students become “men and women for and with others” who appreciate the need for “faith that does justice.”

Courses do not need to be taken in order of the Pastoral Circle steps.

Minor in Justice and Peace Studies Requirements: 18 Credits

JPS/THL 365Faith And Moral Development (one-credit seminar taken three times)3
JPS/THL 565Catholic Social Teaching3
JPS/THL 588Christian Ethics Of War And Peace3
JPS 499Senior Seminar3
Service Learning
Select one of the following service-learning or immersion courses (others as available):3
Dominican Republic in Context
Poverty in America
Public Health & Social Justice in Haiti
Philosophical Ethics (Cortina Community)
Ecclesiology in Global Context
Social Science
One 3-credit social science course related to issues of poverty, development, inequality, minorities, etc. 3
The Crucified People of Today (qualifies, check with your advisor for other courses that may meet this requirement.)