Catholic Peacebuilding Network

Enhancing the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding

CPN-Affiliated Academic Programs

Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry, Catholic Theological Union
The Master of Arts in Justice Ministry prepares and provides ministers with expertise in dealing with theological and pastoral issues related to reconciliation and peace-making processes within the church and the world. The four concentrations offered include environmental justice, racial justice, reconciliation, and social justice. Admission is rolling. The Bernardin Center also offers a Doctor of Ministry degree.

Boston College
Boston College’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice addresses the increasingly interdisciplinary needs of human rights work with students from graduate and professional programs across the university. The Center offers an interdisciplinary Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice, with students drawn from MA and PhD programs in sociology, psychology, political science, economics, philosophy, and theology, and from post-graduate professional programs in education, law, social work, and others. Through multidisciplinary training programs, applied research, and the interaction of scholars with practitioners, the Center aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners in the United States and abroad who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines, and the wisdom of rigorous ethical training, in the attainment of human rights and international justice. Certificate Program applications are considered on a rolling basis.

The Catholic University of America
The Center for Social Development offers a program in conjunction with the Religion and Culture academic area emphasizing analysis of the ways that religious expressions have transformed cultures and have been transformed by them. Both an MA and PhD are offered. The area’s programs utilize the methods of the social sciences and humanities in the study of religion, emphasizing the human and cultural dimensions of religious life. These methods may include anthropology, sociology, psychology, literary theory, history, phenomenology, ritual studies, and others. A Certificate Program in International Social Development is also offered. Admission is rolling. For optimal scholarship consideration, submit prior to February 28, 2013.

Dept. of Justice & Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas [MN]
Justice and Peace Studies began in the 1980s at the University of St. Thomas at the urging of Archbishop John Roach. After helping to shepherd the US bishops’ pastoral letter The Challenge of Peace to its completion, the archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis asked the university’s president, “So what are you going to do about our letter?” The response was an interdisciplinary major and minor designed around a Circle of Praxis pedagogy of engaged learning, rooted in Catholic social teaching in the context of pluralistic world societies. Seeking to prepare students to be responsible critics of contemporary societies and effective agents for positive social transformation, what started as an interdisciplinary program is now a full academic department. Continuing in a tradition of innovative leadership in undergraduate peace and justice studies, the department now offers three skillset-based concentrations in Leadership for Social Justice, Conflict Transformation, and Policy Analysis and Advocacy, and has revised its general major to serve the needs of double majors especially by introducing all students to these three key skillsets.

Emmanuel College
The Global Studies and International Affairs program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major designed to prepare students for work and life in an increasingly inter-connected world. The program provides a broad-based foundation in world history, culture, politics, and economics. The major is well-suited to students interested in a career in such rapidly growing sectors as international business, law, media, and governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned with diplomacy, policy making, public health, peace, relief operations, immigration, and the environment.An interdisciplinary Peace Studies minor, drawing on theology, philosophy, sociology, history, and political science, is also offered. Admission is rolling.

Georgetown University
The two-year MA in Conflict Resolution is an intensive, theoretically- and practically-oriented, multidisciplinary degree. It is housed in the Government Department, with core courses offered also in the Department of Psychology and the McDonough School of Business. Elective courses may be selected from departments across campus, including courses in dispute resolution offered at the Georgetown University Law Center. Students can also participate in activities of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Application deadline: January 15, 2013. Georgetown also has an undergraduate program in justice and peace.

The School of Foreign Service in collaboration with the Berkley Center now offers the Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs certificate program in which undergraduate students can explore the faith-related dimension of global issues.

The Institute for Theology and Peace
The Institute for Theology and Peace and the Office of the Catholic Bishops for the Armed Forces offer courses on Christian peace ethics.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego
The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing peace as human development. The goals of the Program are: 1) to produce graduates who are capable of relating disciplinary and cross-disciplinary theories of peace and justice to real world problem-solving involving regional and international conflict; 2) to foster scholarly agendas that examine the dynamics of justice and peacebuilding; and, 3) to facilitate faculty and student interaction and development across disciplines and academic units at USD, along with outreach to the community and the larger society. The Program takes full advantage of the School of Peace Studies’ two institutes: the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Trans-Border Institute. Application Deadline: January 15, 2013. USD also has an undergraduate minor in peace and justice.

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
The Masters in Peace Studies prepares students for careers as professional peacebuilders, including positions in government and nongovernmental organizations, conflict transformation, policy analysis, and political and social change. Application deadline: December 15, 2012. The Kroc Institute also has an undergraduate program in peace studies. In addition, the University of Notre Dame has a Program in Catholic Social Tradition.

The Kroc Institute’s PhD program trains scholars in interdisciplinary peace research and history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Students apply for admission in one of these four areas. Graduates are prepared for research and teaching positions that contribute to solving the global challenges of violent conflict and peace. The PhD application deadline is December 15, 2012.

Marquette University’s Center for Peacemaking
The Center for Peacebuilding at Marquette empowers the university and the wider community to explore together the necessary skills to become informed, spiritually-centered, nonviolent peacemakers. Rooted in the Ignatian charism, the center fosters an awakening to the holistic relationship of scholarship, spirituality, nonviolent living, and the active struggle for peace and justice. The Center now offers an undergraduate major in peace studies, with local and international internship opportunities, as well as an interdisciplinary minor in justice and peace. Application deadline for undergraduate admission is December 1, 2012.