Why Peace & Social Justice Studies at E&H

Join a thriving and engaging group of students and faculty who are committed to positive social change and equality.

Peace & Social Justice at E&H:

Emory & Henry student at Fearless Girl statue in New York City.

Peace & Social Justice Studies at Emory & Henry aligns with our long-standing commitment to educating and equipping persons for lives of service, productive careers, and global citizenship; and we have passionate faculty whose lives and scholarship are dedicated to social justice and sustainable futures.  The college offers many areas of study that you might consider, but a few majors that align well with this minor are:

Be a leader on campus…

Students in the Peace and Social Justice Studies program have the opportunity to take advantage of many on-campus leadership opportunities.  Notably, students in the minor take on a significant role in the planning and implementation of the school’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance.

Be a leader off campus…

Peace and social justice scholars have the opportunity to be engaged off campus, too.  Peace and justice organizations like APEC, Virginia Organizing, and the Bristol YWCA carry out important work in our local communities and provide opportunities for volunteering and internships. 

What can you do with a minor in Peace & Social Justice Studies?

It may sound “touchy feely”, but the reality is that many professional fields look for persons with training in the types of skills you gain in this course of study; and a growing number of graduate programs at some of the nation’s leading universities provide additional training in peace and justice studies.  

Graduate Studies:

The International Peace & Justice Studies Association maintains an active directory of schools with advanced degree programs in related fields.  Additionally, there are a number of exciting fellowships available for undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to peace and justice. Below are a few specific examples of graduate programs you might consider:


The Kroc Institute for Peace Studies provides a helpful resource for those considering career pathways in peace and justice, but below are a few examples of possible career fields that look for persons with the skills and experience you will gain from this minor:

  • Attorney in Civil or Human Rights
  • Community Development Organizer

  • Congressional or Legislative Aide Educator

  • Executive Director of a Non-Profit Organization
  • Human/Civil Rights Officer

  • Journalist

  • Media Critic/Specialist

  • Program Assistant/Associate/Coordinator

  • Public Advocate/Activist

  • Public Relations Officer

  • Research Assistant

  • Speechwriter

Of course, our Career Center is always on hand to help you make professional connections with your field(s) of study so please be sure to visit them often.