NEWS RELEASE: Peace and Justice Studies Program Launched on International Day of Peace

Pace University announced today the launch of a Peace and Justice Studies minor in New York City, beginning this fall. (Left: Program head Professor Emily Welty, Ph.D.)

NOTE TO EDITORS: Classes have started and can be visited on request. Welty and Malone are available for interviews.


Offering is latest in trend of 200 similar efforts on US campuses

Practical courses will train for professional work in non-profit organizations, humanitarian and international aid, mediation, negotiation, diplomacy, economic development, and poverty reduction

NEW YORK, NY, September 21, 2011 – Pace University announced today the launch of a Peace and Justice Studies minor in New York City, beginning this fall.

In offering a Peace and Justice Studies minor in New York City, Pace joins over 200 colleges and universities offering similar programs, including Pace’s Pleasantville campus which has had a Peace and Justice program since 2007.

Students in Peace and Justice programs go on to professional careers in the growing areas of non-profit organizations, humanitarian and international aid work, mediation, negotiation, diplomacy, economic development, and poverty reduction.

The underlying philosophy at Pace is that attaining global peace and social justice is intertwined with such concrete matters as economic, social-political, and environmental sustainability.The Pace program examines peace-building, social justice, conflict resolution, sustainability, and humanitarian activities.

Marking the UN General Assembly

The launch date of September 21 was chosen because it is the International Day of Peace, established by a United Nations Resolution in 1981, which coincides with the opening of the UN General Assembly. The day is celebrated internationally as a way to recognize and reflect on the state of peace and conflict, and to encourage exploration of how to participate in practical peacemaking.

The program on the New York City campus is directed by political scientist Emily Welty, Ph.D. Welty studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in the Study of Religions where she focused on faith-based approaches to peace-building and development work in East Africa.  Welty has worked in a variety of cross-cultural and politically unstable contexts including Uganda, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, Cuba, Haiti, South Africa, and Sudan. Her research specialty is in the religious dimensions of conflict and peacemaking.

The 15-credit program has a required introductory course but is flexible, allowing students to combine it with other courses suited to their interests. It is housed in the Political Science Department.

Christopher Malone, Ph.D., Chair of the Pace Department of Political Science in New York City, said: “It is fitting that we launch Peace and Justice Studies today. And I am thrilled to have the program housed in Political Science.”

Students interested in the Peace and Justice Studies minor should contact Welty ( for more information.

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.


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