ODU's Peace & Justice program prepares students for entry-level positions in peace and social justice-related governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
In addition, the major provides a foundation for students who desire graduate education in International Relations, Conflict Resolution, Community Organizing, and Peace and Justice Studies.
Peace & Justice students enjoy working with immigrant and minority populations in the United States and in developing nations. They contribute their skills in conflict resolution, organizing communities for social change and running nonprofit organizations serving underserved populations.
With the knowledge they gain, Peace & Justice students will be able to:
- Describe the primary principles of Catholic Social Teaching and ethical perspectives on issues relating to the individual and society.
- Identify the complex causes of collective violence, including genocide, terrorism, ethnic conflict, revolution, and interstate war.
- Evaluate specific policy recommendations for improving conditions of social equality and social justice domestically and internationally.
- Define components of negative peace including: diplomacy, negotiation, interactive problem-solving, disarmament and arms control, use of force, economic and social sanctions, peacekeeping, international organizations and world government.
- Appraise components of positive peace including democratization, human rights, international law, sustainable development, economic well-being, ethical and religious commitments to non-violence, and societal reconciliation post conflict.
With the skills students develop, they will be able to:
- Design a self-care plan to help maintain personal well-being as a helping professional.
- Design and implement a small scale social change project.
- Evaluate strategies for addressing prejudice and discrimination on the individual, organizational and societal levels.
- Communicate respectfully with persons of diverse ethnic groups and viewpoints.
- Analyze philosophical and/or biblical perspectives related to peace and justice.
Graduates will be prepared for positions in:
- Community organizing
- Conflict resolution
- Social services organizations working with immigrants and ethnic minorities
- Public policy
- Nonprofit organizations, working for peace and justice
- Graduate studies in peace and conflict resolution