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About the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program

Be a Part of One of the Oldest Peace Studies Programs in the Country

If you're thinking about entering a Peace and Conflict Studies program as an undergraduate, consider Gustavus. Our Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies (PJCS) Program has a 50-year history of teaching and studying global conflict and peace. We show you how to reduce conflict and respond to immense global challenges such as climate change, social inequality, and political polarization. In this field, you will examine peace as a philosophy and practice. This includes efforts to prevent, respond to, and transform violent conflict; efforts to promote justice and healing; and efforts to promote structural and institutional change. You will graduate prepared to contribute to peace work in diverse career sectors, including international volunteer work, community organizing, non-profit leadership, public health, and more.

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Building Pathways to Peace from Minnesota to Around the World

Through conflict and peace studies, you gain a global perspective that prepares you for an ever-changing future. Located in beautiful Saint Peter, MN, the Gustavus Adolphus campus is a fun place to learn and form supportive relationships, with proximity to big-city cultural activities, organizations, and communities. You're minutes away from the medium-sized city of Mankato and an hour from the dynamic Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. From campus, you can launch into a local or national internship, or study abroad.

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Major, Minor, and Related Programs

Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies is available as a major and a minor, with students frequently combining their PJCS degree with another major or minor from another department. The major is distributed into three academic tracks: Global Justice; Theology, Philosophy and Ethics, and Culture; and Social and Historical Issues. Within the program, you can customize your coursework around your interests. PJCS is an interdisciplinary program drawing on faculty expertise to offer courses from Political Science, Geography, Modern Languages, Religion, Psychological Science, and more.

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Opportunities in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies

Experiences in Becoming a Peace-Maker

There are many opportunities on campus and in the PJCS program to share ideas and be involved outside the classroom, including numerous events on campus.

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  • Study Away — By combining classroom learning with practical experiences through study-away programs, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of peace-building.
  • Student Organizations — There are several student groups with a mission aligned with the PJCS program, including Model United Nations, the Building Bridges Conference, and the Environmental Action Coalition.
  • Student Peace Awards — These awards are designed to provide financial support to students who are engaging in off-campus study, internships, or independent projects related to peace, justice, and conflict studies.
  • Internships, Careers, and Graduate Programs — Explore resources to help you navigate the vast array of opportunities available to put yourself on a path toward a fulfilling career in peace, justice, and conflict resolution.
  • Campus Events — The PJCS program supports several campus events, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture, the Wallenberg Lecture, and the MAYDAY! Peace Conference. These events provide the campus community with valuable opportunities to engage with experts, explore critical issues, and be inspired to contribute to a more just and peaceful world.


The students and faculty in the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program have a strong sense of community and work in a wide variety of ways to build a peaceful world.

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Sam Mendoza ’14

Sam Mendoza ’14

Environmental Studies Major, Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies Major

This Outdoors Enthusiast Learned To Love The Arboretum As a Student. He Has Returned To Help The Community Love It Too. If campus were a gigantic house, the Arb would be its front porch. That’s what Mendoza believes. “It’s that space between public and private. It’s the perfect area to welcome people from the Saint […]

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The Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program at Gustavus Adolphus College is dedicated to providing a comprehensive educational experience that helps you become a well-rounded individual committed to peace-building and social justice work. You will have the flexibility to pursue a double major while being actively involved in clubs, fine arts, athletics, and other activities. Join us, embrace this important work, and contribute to creating a more peaceful and just society.

Contact Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies

Phone: 507-933-7548

Old Main, 202A
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082