The Abbey Difference:
Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, Belmont Abbey College strives to provide its students with a well-rounded education that promotes wise and ethical decisions. The Interdisciplinary minor in Justice and Peace Studies offers students an opportunity to develop knowledge of many of the world’s major problems and a responsible social conscience guided by Catholic social teaching. For additional experience, students may apply for missionary service with the Benedictine Volunteer Corps
Modern Catholic social teaching is a response to social conditions affecting justice and peace that have arisen in the 19th – 21st centuries. It provides a view of society and fundamental principles for a moral evaluation of social conditions. It draws upon centuries-old teachings, such as the just war tradition, and develops new concepts, such as the preferential option for the poor. The Church’s social teaching is part of its theological tradition but relies upon many academic disciplines to understand social problems and propose solutions. This interdisciplinary minor makes Catholic social teaching more widely known and enables the student to enter into the important conversations that this social teaching has nurtured.