Requirements for a Minor or Certificate in Justice and Peace
The minor (College) or certificate (SFS, NHS, MSB) in Justice and Peace is a 6 course undergraduate endeavor. The requirements for a Minor or Certificate are as follows.
JUPS 123: Introduction to Justice and Peace
This gateway course presents a wide range of theoretical and practical perspectives on social justice including poverty, hunger and homelessness; racism, sexism and homophobia; violence, oppression, slavery and colonization; and issues of sustainable development and humanitarian aid. During the first month of the semester, enrolled students will have the option of adding a "Community-based Learning" component to their course. This course is highly recommended for first year students and sophomores. As it is an introductory course, it requires permission for seniors. At least two sections are taught per semester, as well as one section in the summer session. This course can also be used by students towards their General Education requirement.
JUPS 202: Nonviolence in Theory and Practice*
After completing the JUPS 123 course, students are required to take JUPS 202 for a foundation in nonviolence. This seminar is taught each fall and spring semester.
JUPS 271 or JUPS 272: "Conflict Transformation"*
After completing the JUPS 123 course, students are required to take one of the two offered courses in Conflict Transformation (JUPS 271 in the Fall or JUPS 272 in the Spring). The 4th Credit for Social Action is offered as a option in both of these courses.
Students take two three-credit electives, ideally grouped to concentrate on a particular conflict or interest. Suggested electives are cross-listed through the Registrar's Course Schedule and listed on the webpage Course Offerings. There are many courses across all four undergraduates schools that can count towards these elective requirements. Please contact the Director for approval of an elective that is not listed. Students can often fulfill these electives during study abroad programs.
Service Learning Requirement:
Students are required to participate in Community-based Learning (CBL) in one of their JUPS courses, preferably JUPS 123. As an alternative, a student can also register for and complete the requirements for the 4th Credit for Social Action offered through the Center for Social Justice, in conjuction with either JUPS 271 or 272 or another JUPS course. Other exceptions to meeting this requirement must be approved in advance by the Program Director and student's Dean. It is recommended that this requirement be fulfilled during the JUPS 123 course or at least before the Senior Seminar.
JUPS 303: Senior Thesis Seminar
This required senior seminar is a three credit capstone course taken in the fall of the senior year that prepares students to write a major paper in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. The thesis is completed over the course of the senior academic year and the grade is awarded retroactively in the Spring once the thesis is completed.
* This is the new requirement for students beginning their studies at Georgetown University in Fall 2009 or later. Students who began their studies prior to this semester are recommended to follow this guideline, but can also take four electives, rather than two, for their minor/certificate requirements.
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