ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Religion & Justice at Goucher?
The religion and justice minor examines religion as a human category that cuts across global space and historical time. Whether examining, for example, the radical call for justice in the Jewish prophetic tradition, the spiritual quietism of the Sufi mystical tradition, the call for holy war in later Christianity, the traditions of non-violence in Buddhism, or even American secular religion, this minor allows students to explore how religion continues to influence and be influenced by political, social, economic, legal, artistic, and cultural frameworks. Focused especially on the ways in which religion can support as well as stand in tension with the aims of social justice, especially in a global context, the minor allows students to add an additional lens to any major.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
The aim of the religion and justice minor is to give students expertise in understanding religion as a global human phenomenon, one that is intimately bound up with structures of power. Students will examine the role that religion has played, for example, in war, genocide, and social movements, and also in drives for liberation, social change, and justice. Students will thereby reflect, both locally and globally, on community, ethnicity, personal identity, and many other aspects of history and daily life. With this broad lens, students can connect religion to other disciplines such as peace studies, Africana studies, literary studies, history, philosophy, sociology/anthropology, and many of Goucher’s other programs.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
The religion and justice minor provides another dimension to the perspectives on and practices of justice that the Center for Geographies of Justice and Goucher College offer. Incorporating into its options for curriculum community-based learning programs and study abroad experiences, students in the minor can apply what they learn towards solving problems, working with people unlike themselves, and towards discovering who they are as individuals in a global world.
Ann Duncan, American Studies
Martin Shuster, Philosophy
Affiliated Faculty and Staff
Jennifer Bess, Peace Studies
Seble Dawit, Peace Studies
Steven DeCaroli, Philosophy
Irline François, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Nyasha Grayman-Simpson, Psychology
Ailish Hopper, Peace Studies
Julie Chernov Hwang, Political Science and International Relations
Zahi Kahmis, Arabic Studies
Leslie Lewis Literary Studies
Lana Oweidat, Professional and Creative Writing
Carolyn Schwarz, Sociology and Anthropology
Daniel Swann, Sociology and Anthropology
Rory Turner, Sociology and Anthropology
Goucher College religion and justice minors use study abroad as an integral component of their studies. Some choose to pursue semester long programs that afford them the opportunity for fieldwork and research on topics of their interest. Others choose to participate in Goucher College Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) courses, sometimes in addition to semester long study. Many students work with research and ideas generated by their study abroad in subsequent study in Baltimore, in internships, and in their Capstone projects. Regardless of the type of program, students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.
Opportunities & Internships
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Graduate & Professional School
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program
News from the Center for Geographies of Justice
- June 3, 2022
Irline François has received a Fulbright Distinguished Professor Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a prestigious award in the Fulbright cohort.
- November 23, 2021
Associate Professor of Peace Studies, Jennifer Bess, publishes new book, Where the Red-Winged Blackbirds Sing: The Akimel O'odham and Cycles of Agricultural Transformation in the Phoenix Basin (University of Press of Colorado, 2021).