Peace and Justice Major (GIS)

Chair: Kathryn Getek Soltis, S.T.L., Ph.D.
Office Location: 106 Corr Hall
Telephone: 610-519-6849


The interdisciplinary curriculum of the Center for Peace and Justice Education is rooted in Villanova’s Augustinian tradition of education in the service of peace and social justice, with particular emphasis on the poor and marginalized in society.  Students are prepared to understand the essential elements of a moral and just society, reflect on models for socially responsible resolution of injustice and conflict, and learn the necessary skills to be advocates for a just and peaceful world.

PRIMARY MAJOR (122 credits)

Required Major Courses (30 credits)

The major in Peace and Justice Studies is offered in collaboration with the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies.  To complete the major, students take five required courses and five elective courses in Peace and Justice, courses with a Peace and Justice attribute, or courses otherwise earning Peace and Justice credit.

Program Notes:

  • Electives should be determined in consultation with the program director and tailored to the student’s field(s) of interest.
  • Up to 3 credits in courses fewer than 3 credits with the PJ attribute can be bundled to count as one elective.
PJ Electives for the B.A.  +
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Core Curriculum Requirements (44 credits)

Mathematics or Statistics (1 course)  +
Natural Science (2 courses with laboratory)  +
Literature and Writing Seminar (1 course)  +
History (1 course)   +
Social Sciences (2 courses)  +
Fine Arts (1 course)  +
Upper-Level Theology (1 course)  +
Language Requirement (Proficiency)  +
Diversity Requirement (2 courses)  +
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Free Elective Requirement (48 credits)

Students with a Peace and Justice primary major have forty-eight (48) required free elective credits. 

Degree Credit Summary

  • Major Credits: 30 credits
  • Core Credits: 44 credits
  • Free Electives Credits: 48 credits
  • Total Required Credits: 122 Credits

Note: The above credit totals are based on the minimum number of required credits in each degree area. The minimum number of required credits in each area listed above must be met. Credits taken beyond the required minimum for one area may not be applied to another area. 


Students who declare Peace and Justice as a secondary major must complete the Required Major Courses to achieve this major. Students are able to count any eligible course taken in their primary major, the core curriculum, minors, concentrations, or free electives toward these requirements. 

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The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2023 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 




Bachelor of Arts

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