Peace and Justice Studies at Manhattan College is an interdisciplinary field, which is why our expert faculty are drawn from 12 different disciplines across the College, from the social sciences, the humanities, business, and the natural and applied sciences.
Central to our concept of Peace and Justice Studies is the notion of justice. We recognize a difference between "negative peace," the absence of open hostilities, and "positive peace," a situation of just and harmonious relations between individuals and/or peoples. We cannot achieve true peace - positive peace - without justice.
As a student in the Peace and Justice Studies program at Manhattan College, you will develop an interdisciplinary, and thus profound and complete understanding of issues pertaining to peace and justice. The program allows you to develop a course of study that allows you to examine a particular issue – for example, racial justice, immigration, economical justice – from multiple disciplinary angles. In addition, you will receive rigorous training in critical thinking, research, and practical peacebuilding skills, and gain hands-on learning in the form of internships and community-engaged courses.
Our Peace and Justice Studies Program is one of the oldest in the United States, founded in response to Pope John XXIII 1963 encyclical on establishing peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty.