Justice and Society

The Justice and Society (JAS) major offered through the Justice and Peace Studies (JPS) Program helps students develop a robust framework to effectively advance justice, peace, and ecological sustainability. As with the JPS minor, the JAS curriculum corresponds to the four interdisciplinary stages of the Pastoral Circle1:

  • Experience: Students are encouraged to take at least one Academic Service-Learning course to thoughtfully interact with persons and communities;
  • Social Analysis: Students take courses in the 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 Society major 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.” Whether or not a student identifies as a person of faith, the JAS major will empower her/him to dynamically pursue justice and peace in the world.

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

Specific Requirements for Admission to the Justice and Society Major

Three credits in SOC or ANT course with a grade of "C" or better.

B.A., Major in Justice and Society Requirements: 40 Credits

Introductory Course3
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Anthropology: Human and Cultural Diversity
Introduction to Anthropology: Culture, Ecology and Sustainability
Introduction to Anthropology: Social and Cultural Determinants of Health
Introduction to Sociology: Self and Society
SOC/ANT 301Social and Cultural Theory3
SOC 312Research Design for the Social Sciences3
SOC/ANT 314Statistics for the Social Sciences4
SOC 316Qualitative Methods, Ethnography, and Engagement3
SOC/ANT 499Senior Capstone: Applying the Social Sciences3
Justice and Peace Studies
JPS/THL 365Be a Liberation Whatever: Cortina Principles in Practice (one-credit seminar taken three times) 13
JPS 499Justice, Culture, Society, and Vocational Discernment3
JPS/THL 565Catholic Social Teaching3
Peace Studies3
Select one of the following:
An Introduction to Conflict Resolution
Christian Ethics Of War And Peace
Ecological Sustainability3
Select one of the following:
A History of (Un)natural Disasters
History of Environmental Inequalities
Global Environmental History
Philosophical Ethics: Energy and Environment
Environmental Ethics
Environment & Society: Sociological Perspectives
Sustainability Across the Rural Americas
Sustainable Practice: The Examined Life
The Human Induced Climate Crisis:Origins and Solutions
Divine Providence, Catholic Social Teaching, & the Problem of Climate Change
God is Green
Cultural and Social Studies Electives6
Six elective credits in ANT, CJ, HAP, JPS, SWK, or SOC.
Total Credits40