Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies

College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid

Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies Program
Co-Director: Jo Ann Aviel, International Relations
HSS 384
Co-Director: Anatole Anton, Philosophy
HUM 359


Professors--Anton, Aviel, Doell, Felsteiner, Kardush, Issel, Lunine, Medcalf, Rischin, Shapiro, Syfers, Weinstein

Associate Professors--Barbosa, Caulfield, Graham, Johnson, Ovrebo, Trautman, Tuman

Lecturers--Bagakis, Epstein, Ginger, Lovaas, Robertson


Minor in Global Peace Studies

Program Scope

The world is a dangerous place, fraught with the specter of nuclear war and ecological devastation and threatened by the inability of governmental and financial powers to create just and effective solutions for deepening social problems as well as for the conflicts of peoples and nations.

Knowlege is a powerful tool; it has shown that each individual can make a difference. Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies provides an organized study of the international law of human rights and the ways it can be used by the citizens of the world in pursuit of basic human rights; a study of the causes of domestic and social violence, civil war, and war between nations; and a study of the various methods that have been and are being developed for the non-violent resolution of conflicts at the personal, group, national, and international levels. The program emphasizes the need for justice in the distribution of the world's goods as a condition for a peaceable and sustainable world.

Students and faculty in this all-university, interdisciplinary minor cooperatively study and explore in depth the problems, issues, challenges, and opportunities to prevent war and to make this a just and peaceable society and world.

Career Outlook

The Minor in Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies provides problem-solving skills relevant to students whatever their major course of study. These are the skills for analyzing and redressing the underlying causal roots of violence, including poverty in the midst of plenty, racism, sexism, imperialism, fear, and environmental degradation. These are the skills that empower people to work more effectively to protect human rights and create systems of social justice. Without jobs and justice there can be no peace.


The Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies Program works cooperatively with the following institutions in developing internships, sponsoring programs and conferences, and engaging in other educational projects in pursuit of peace and justice.

The Center for the Covenant,College of Humanites, SFSU

The center was formed to promote awareness, understanding, and use of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which became international law in 1976 and was ratified by the U.S. in 1992.

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute,Berkeley, California

Since 1965 the institute has been providing information on law and history to scholars, activists, and the media; and working for jobs, justice, and peace.

SFSU Urban Institute

The purpose of the center is to develop strategies and practical programs to address critical economic, social, and educational problems in San Francisco and the Bay Area.


Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).



GPS/IR 315	Introduction to Global Peace 
Studies 3
NEXA 340	The Nuclear Revolution			3
One course in conflict resolution selected 
from: 3-4
IR 432	Model United Nations (4) 
PSY 547	Social Conflict and Conflict 
SPCH 531	Conflict Resolution (4)
One course in international law and organi-
zations: 3-4
GPS/PHIL 375	Peace, Law, and Human 
IR 334	International Organizations: 
New World Order (4)
One course in the philosophies of peace and 
non-violence: 3
HUM 366	India's Gandhi
PHIL 435	Human Rights in Global 
PHIL 502	World Religions


Units chosen on advisement from the 
following 7
ANTH 321	Endangered Cultures
GPS/PHIL 375	Peace Law and Human 
Rights in the U.S.
HED/URBS 582	Homelessness and Public 
HIST/JS 317	The Holocaust and Genocide
HIST 428	History of the United States 
since 1945
HIST 464	American Ethnic and Race 
Relations I: 1740-1890
HIST 465	American Ethnic and Race 
Relations II: 1890-Present
HUM 366	India's Gandhi1
IR 330	World Law (4)
IR 334	International Organizations: New 
World Order (4)1
IR 432	Model United Nations (4)1
NEXA 340	The Nuclear Revolution1
PHIL 435	Human Rights in Global 
PLSI 552	Individual Rights in the 
Constitution (4)
PSY 547	Social Conflict and Conflict 
SOC 461	Ethnic Relations: International 
Comparisons (4)
SPCH 461	Issues in Free Speech (4)
SPCH 496	Vietnam: Rhetoric and 
Realities (4)
WOMS531	Women and International 
GPS 699	Individual Study (1-3 units)
The following electives are available for 
field study or internship, on advisement:
CHS 695, IR 640 (1-5), PHIL 680 (1-3),
WOMS 698 (1-3)
Program total		22-24

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