Loyola University Maryland

Peace and Justice

Peace and Justice Program

The mission of the Office of Peace and Justice is to explore the causes and consequences of violent conflict as well as the conditions that promote conflict resolution, peace, and justice. It does so from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including political, sociological, theological, philosophical, and literary. The Office oversees an interdisciplinary minor in Peace and Justice Studies, an annual speaker series, faculty workshops, and course development grants, among other activities.

The promotion of peace and justice lies at the heart of Loyola University Maryland’s Jesuit, Catholic mission to inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world.  The Office’s programming advances several of Loyola’s learning aims, including the “commitment to promote justice for all, based on a respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life,” “a willingness to act as an agent for positive change, informed by a sense of responsibility to the larger community,” “a commitment to put faith into action,” and the ability to respond to the “great moral issues of our time,” including “poverty, racism, genocide, war and peace.” 

The work of the Office is led by the program director, Dr. John Kiess and the Peace and Justice steering committee. Development for Loyola's program in Peace and Justice Studies was supported in large part by a generous gift from Mary Catherine Bunting.

Fall 2019 Electives

  • EN 376 Postcolonial Literature
  • HS 319 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • HS 374 History of Civil & Human Rights Law
  • HS389D          Gender & Power in Modern Africa
  • HS395             Violence & Holiness in 20th Century El Salvador
  • PL 210 Philosophical Perspectives: Politics & Society
  • PL 228 Philosophical Perspectives: Philosophy & Genocide
  • PL 399D         Anthropology of Slavery
  • PS 352 Gender, Human Rights, & Conflict
  • SC 376            Israel/Palestine: Conflict Narratives, Media Framing, & Peacebuilding
  • TH 215            Violence & Holiness in 20th Century El Salvador
  • TH 310           Ethics: Peace Ethics 
  • TH 370           Liberation Theology: Roots, Branches, & Critiques 
  • WR 323          Writing Center: Practice & Theory
  • WR 354: Writing about the Environment