The John Carroll University Program in Peace, Justice and Human Rights will combine undergraduate research and study with experiential and service learning in order to help students gain both theoretical and empirical understanding of the challenges and possibilities of peace-building and conflict resolution. Drawing on Catholic social teaching that sees peace as inseparable from justice and the extension of human rights as a fundamental ethical obligation, the Program also emphasizes the importance of political pluralism, cultural and religious diversity, ecological balance, and nonviolent conflict resolution and transformation. Its fundamental goal is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and creativity to seek justice and promote peace. In its early articulation, the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program will co-ordinate the goals and visions that have been developed through the faculty learning communities, the FYS sections on poverty and human rights, several concentrations, and the work of the Center for Service and Social Action, and bring them into the curriculum.
This program is consistent with John Carroll University’s mission statement to which this institution dedicates itself — (1) “to inspire individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world”; and (2) to prepare students “to engage in responsible social action,” and it is consonant with the Jesuit idea of “cultivating moral concern about how people ought to live.” Our diverse group of faculty members, representing many departments, proposes a distinctive and needed component of student learning through this interdisciplinary program.
We believe that the major and minor will help students to pursue careers in a wide number of fields, including law, mediation, advocacy, government service, non-profit work ministry, and social work.
Students in the program should be able to demonstrate the following abilities:
- To describe, explain, analyze, and reflect upon the complex and systematic nature of peace building, justice, and human rights.
- To ascertain and understand those situations where the ideals of peace, justice, and human rights are not attained. This should include both domestic and global situations and include causes, consequences, and solutions.
- To articulate a world view that leads to concern for and on behalf of those who suffer from conflict, injustice and/or human rights violations
- To demonstrate increased levels of engagement (both on and off campus) with issues related to peace, justice, and human rights
- To demonstrate continued levels of engagement in peace, justice, and human rights issues after graduation from JCU