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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2015-2016 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Peace Studies Minor

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In order to accommodate the significant diversity in approaches to peace and justice, Loyola Marymount University’s Peace Studies program is a contract-based minor that is arranged on an individual basis, working with the particular interests and study areas of each student. Students may choose from a variety of courses that relate to chosen fields of interest and emphasis, drawing from programs such as Political Science, History, Ethnic Studies, Theological Studies, Philosophy, Classics and Archaeology, English, Sociology, and any number of other departments. Creativity in constructing one’s own minor is encouraged. The proposed contract, with the suggested list of courses, must be accepted in writing by both the Director of the Program and the Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts before the minor is officially entered in the academic record of each student who wishes to enter the program.

Minor Requirements:

20 semester hours (5 courses) are required for the minor. There are no required courses. There is a limit of 2 courses (8 semester hours) in lower division courses, and a single 4000-level course is strongly encouraged. A Thesis/Independent Study option is available to fulfill this recommended course, to be arranged with the Director.

Peace Studies Student Learning Outcomes

Peace Studies minors will know:

  • The approaches to war and peace of various religious traditions
  • Nonviolence and Nonviolent Strategy as exemplified by Gandhi or Dr. King
  • The significance of personal values arising from a commitment to peacemaking that may be applicable to one’s personal as well as social life.

Peace Studies minors will be able to:

  • Suggest skills and activities that may contribute to minimizing the potential for conflict and contribute to peacemaking in a given conflict situation
  • Present a coherent defense of the values of peace within selected traditions, both religious and political.

Peace Studies minors will value:

  • The diversity of approaches relevant to peacemaking skills
  • The historical contributions made by peacemakers in the past, and assess their contributions to continued thought in Peace Studies
  • The unique legacy of nonviolence in world history
  • The varied Christian traditions of peacemaking and nonviolence as a theological as well as social value
  • Contributions to peacemaking that are unique to their own tradition, if non-Christian (e.g., Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist).

To demonstrate the attainment of these learning outcomes, students submit a portfolio of class papers, tests, and other assignments from the six courses approved by the Director for their minor. Please direct all questions to the Director of Peace Studies.

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