As Fall 2012 registration nears, the newly created New York City Peace and Justice Studies (PJS) minor is becoming a popular choice among the Model UN students. Seven of the 11 students who traveled to the 2012 Geneva International Model United Nations in Switzerland are PJS minors, taking classes on “direct, structural and environmental violence; theories and practice of nonviolence and conflict transformation; restorative justice; peace-building and peace-making.”

PJS thus offers Model UN students the chance to explore in depth many of the issues they deliberate on in Model UN conferences. PJS is a 15-credit inter-disciplinary minor which consists of one mandatory course and 12 elective credits. The only required course is: PJS 101 – Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies (3 credits, offered every semester, AOK 1 and AOK5). The Model UN class — either POL303A or POL303C — counts toward the minor.

If you wish to declare the PJS minor, or even if you already have, please contact Dr. Emily Welty, PJS program director, for further information and advisement.