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.

Course Curriculum


Program Contacts
Ann Duncan, Department Chair, American Studies and Religion

Maxwell Greenberg, Judaic Studies, Religion and Justice, American Studies

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

Lana Oweidat, Professional and Creative Writing

Carolyn Schwarz, Sociology and Anthropology

Daniel Swann, Sociology and Anthropology

Rory Turner, Sociology and Anthropology

Study Abroad

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.

Office of Global Education

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Handshake — a website for job postings, events, resumes/cover letters, and career management.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.