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Justice and Peace Studies


Recognizing the need for Catholic commitment and social responsibility, and being aware that contemporary moral problems have global implications, Clarke University offers a minor in justice and peace studies. The program of study draws upon the strengths of various disciplines and emphasizes an understanding of recent history, contemporary social/political problems, and ethical values. Students who combine the justice and peace minor with another major will be well-equipped to channel their passion for peace and justice through vocations such as medicine, law, politics, or mass communications.

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Program Details

You will complete 21 semester hours in the disciplines of history, political science, religious studies, philosophy, sociology, and justice and peace studies. We foster creative and collaborative explorations of complex questions of practical morality and domestic and global politics. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning, including social action, community engagement, and experiential pedagogy are hallmarks of this minor.

Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Minors help students acquire knowledge which supports their major and adds breadth to their education. Students generally obtain a minor by completing 21 semester hours in that field. Course descriptions can be found under the appropriate departmental heading. Consult with your advisor to apply for a minor field of study.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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William Gregory, Ph.D.

William Gregory, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Knowledge has a power of its own to transform lives and open up the world anew. I simply aspire to be a messenger.

Paulette Skiba, Ph.D.

Paulette Skiba, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Religious Studies

I try to create a space in the classroom where students are free to grapple honestly with the central questions of meaning, purpose, and God.

Norm Freund, Ph.D.

Norm Freund, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Philosophy

I hope that my students cultivate a critical mind that hungers for truth with a passion for making a difference in the world.

Kent Anderson, Ph.D.

A teacher must never forget that each student is somebody’s son or daughter, somebody’s pride and joy.

Tom Riley, Ph.D.

Tom Riley, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Community is among the keys to happiness, and I’m grateful to Clarke for providing me that.


75 years
Combined experience

The three full-time philosophy faculty have 75+ years combined experience at Clarke and each brings a “different flavor” to the classroom.

Justice and Peace Programs

In 1980 there were 75 peace studies programs in the United States; today, there are over 400.

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