Peace & Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program that builds on the College's remarkable resources in and commitment to this area of inquiry and practice. The program approaches Peace & Justice Studies from the broad perspective of promoting human dignity and respecting human rights, within both local and global contexts – contexts shaped by political, social, cultural, religious, and historical forces. Peace and justice are basic human goods. They are conditions of human flourishing and also indications of it. Peace & Justice Studies draws on the approaches and resources of many academic disciplines to enable people to work more effectively for peace and justice, to resist and overcome oppression and violence and to envision and build better human communities. While Peace & Justice Studies has a rich and growing body of theory and empirical research at its disposal, its goal is practical: the creation of more just and peaceful societies conducive to the fuller realization of human potential.