Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies

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College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Andrew Harris

Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies Program

Humanities Building, Room 352
Phone: 415-338-1713
Fax: 415-338-3556
Co-Coordinator: Karen Lovaas, Communication Studies
Humanities Building, Room 280
Phone: 415-338-2239
Co-Coordinator Mahmood Monshipouri, International Relations

Program Scope

As its title demonstrates, the Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies Minor is closely aligned with the mission and core values of SF State. We live in a world fraught with warring and ecological devastation and threatened by the frequent failure of governmental and financial powers to fashion just and effective solutions. Yet there are historical and contemporary examples of individuals, groups, and countries working productively and creatively within and across national boundaries to stop violent conflicts, form affirmative alliances, and ensure that basic rights and freedoms are available to all.

Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies is an all-university, interdisciplinary minor in which students and faculty cooperatively study and explore the problems, issues, challenges, and opportunities to prevent war and to make this a more just, peaceable and sustainable world.

Career Outlook

The Minor in Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies provides critical thinking collaborative, and problem-solving skills relevant to students whatever their major course of study. These are the skills for analyzing and redressing the underlying roots of violence and injustice, including poverty, racism, sexism, heterosexism, imperialism, and environmental degradation. These are the skills that empower people to work more effectively to protect human rights and create systems of social justice.


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

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE)

ICCE provides opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development at San Francisco State University for students, faculty, and community members. Through innovative courses, experiential learning, political engagement, participatory action research, and direct services, we partner the resources and expertise of the urban university with the knowledge and assets of diverse communities. Working locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally, we cultivate strong leaders who will effectively advocate for social, economic and educational inclusion, and fully participate in the civic life and political processes of their communities.

Public Research Institute

PRI draws upon the expertise of scholars on the SF State campus and in other academic institutions to conduct research in public health, public services and policies, and on strategies for disseminating data and social science methods to neighborhoods and communities.

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.


Every year this program organizes an Annual Human Rights Summit. Students are encouraged to participate in this event and may enroll in ANTH 699 or COMM 699, or another internship of their choice, to earn credit for their work, with the consent of the instructor.

Minor in Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies

Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies, Minor — 21 - 26 units

Core Requirements (6 - 7 units)

GPS/I R/PHIL 315Introduction to Global Peace Studies3
Select a second core course with an advisor3-4

Conflict Resolution (3 - 4 units)

Select one of the following:
I R 432Model United Nations4
PSY 547Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution3
COMM 531Conflict Resolution4

International Law and Organizations (3 - 4 units)

GPS/PHIL 375Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S.3-4
or I R 334 International Organizations: New World Order

Philosophies of Peace and Non-Violence (3 units)

Select one of the following:
HUM 366India's Gandhi3
PHIL 435Human Rights in Global Perspective3
PHIL 502World Religions3

Electives (6 - 8 units)

Select 6-8 units on advisement of the following:
ANTH 321Endangered Cultures3
COMM 449The Rhetoric of Criminality and Punishment4
COMM 461Issues in Free Speech4
GPS/PHIL 375Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S.3
HIST/JS 317The Holocaust and Genocide3
HIST 428History of the United States Since 19453
HIST 464American Ethnic and Racial Relations to18903
HIST 465American Ethnic and Racial Relations II: 1890-Present3
HUM 366India's Gandhi (if not taken in the core)3
I R 330World Law4
I R 334International Organizations: New World Order (if not taken in the core)4
I R 432Model United Nations4
I R/PLSI 544Women in the World4
PHIL 435Human Rights in Global Perspective (if not taken in the core)3
PLSI 552Individual Rights and the Constitution4
PSY 547Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution3
SOC 461/USP 515/GEOG 667Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons4
ANTH 699Independent Study (maximum of 3 units total)3
or COMM 699 Independent Study

The following electives are available for field study or internship, on advisement:

I R 640Field Study in International Relations1-5
PHIL 680Field Project in Philosophy1-3
WGS 698Work Study in Feminist Projects1-3