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 2020 Electives

  • CH 114 Global Environment
  • CL 307 Peace and War in Ancient Rome
  • EN 373 African American Literature
  • HS 372 Vietnam War Film & Literature 
  • PL 210 Philosophical Perspectives: Politics & Society
  • PL 228 Philosophical Perspectives: Philosophy & Genocide
  • PS 363 Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict
  • PT 381 Photojournalism
  • SC 441 Reconciliation & Justice
  • TH 244 Forgiveness & Reconciliation
  • TH 310 Ethics Peace Ethics
  • WR 200 Intro to Creative Nonfiction
  • WR 323 Writing Center Practice and Theory

Spring 2021 Electives

  • HS 372 Vietnam War Film & Literature
  • HS 492 Minority Identity & Citizenship in the Modern World
  • ML 309D Gender, Peace, & Justice in East Asia: Texts and Contexts
  • PL 210 Philosophical Perspectives: Politics & Society
  • PL 305D Ethics & Politics in Humanitarian Intervention
  • PL 335 Political Philosophy: Justice and Mass Incarceration
  • PL 346 Philosophy of Peace
  • PS 304 Politics of the Middle East
  • PS 404 Politics of Resistance in Contemporary China
  • SC 373 Sociology of Human Rights
  • TH 244 Forgiveness & Reconciliation
  • TH 314 Disability & Trauma in the Christian Tradition