What Can I Do with My Justice and Peace Studies Major?

Overview

Justice and peace is a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural community of students, faculty, staff, and community partners who share a commitment to the academic study and lived pursuits of peace and social justice. The program at Georgetown fosters creative and collaborative explorations of complex questions of practical morality and domestic and global politics. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning, including social action, community engagement, experiential pedagogy, and student-produced media are hallmarks of the program.

Justice and peace studies students explore patterns and processes of war and peace, violence and nonviolence, and injustice and justice through an interdisciplinary synergy of scholarly engagement and practical application, doing so at all levels from the interpersonal to the international.

Skills

Research

  • Using a variety of resources
  • Gathering and interpreting data
  • Original analysis
  • Defining problems
  • Understanding social context
  • Applying theoretical approaches to research problems

Critical Thinking

  • Approaching problems from multiple perspectives
  • Avoiding simplistic conclusions
  • Reading critically
  • Thinking independently
  • Recognizing unnoticed patterns and structures
  • Understanding components of complex problems

Communication

  • Writing effectively
  • Reading critically
  • Articulating ideas/theories 
  • Creating persuasive arguments
  • Analytical writing
  • Assessing conflicting viewpoints
  • Public speaking

Social and Cultural Relations

  • Understanding and appreciating human relationships along gendered, classed, and racial lines
  • Identifying cultural/social forces
  • Understanding diversity

Sample Internship Opportunities

  • PAWSS, the Hampshire-based Program in Peace and World Security Studies
  • KROC Institute for International Peace Studies
  • Research/Think Tanks
  • Idealist – Excellent search engine for job, internships and volunteer opportunities in non-profits.

Relevant Websites and Associations

For more information about career options, internship and full-time opportunities, contact the Cawley Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493. For more information about the major and degree requirements, visit the website of the justice and peace studies program.