Peace & Social Justice

The peace and social justice minor at Pacific University engages students in investigating issues of social justice, inequality and violence among individuals, groups and the nations of the world. Students are encouraged to develop a closely reasoned philosophical position on peace and social justice that can have lifelong application.


  • Take courses in a number of different disciplines and interact with faculty members from across campus
  • Participate in civic engagement opportunities, including projects with the Center for Gender Equity, Center for Civic Engagement and Center for Peace and Spirituality at Pacific University
  • Learn and apply conflict resolution skills and strategies through simulation exercises
  • Travel for cultural immersion, field work, service learning and course work


Classes in this interdisciplinary program explore a wide range of issues dealing with peace, social justice and change as well as dissent and conflict. Included are courses in ethics, social and historical aspects of addictions, conflict resolution and social inequality. These courses explore important issues, such as Vietnam, the civil rights movement, feminist theory and the Middle East.


Students who complete a minor in peace and social justice at Pacific University are well-prepared, informed and active citizens. They have a broad understanding in social issues such as conflict resolution and social inequality, and they have explored everything from the civil rights movement and feminism to the Middle East. Their experiences and insights are particularly valuable in careers in civic engagement, such as law, education, business, government, medicine, nonprofit organizations and social work.

Our graduates teach conflict resolution, work for nonprofit organizations, work in human resources departments, and serve through AmeriCorps and Peace Corps assignments.