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Concentration in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

The concentration in conflict resolution and peace studies introduces students to the field of conflict transformation and provides students with the academic and practical tools needed to address issues of peace and justice. Specifically, the program:

  • Introduces theoretical tools for the analysis of conflict;
  • Offers training in the methods of conflict resolution;
  • Imparts ethical, moral, and philosophical insights into the process of creating peaceful social change;
  • Provides opportunities for experiential learning through internships.

The program includes considerations of mediation, nonviolence, international social movements, non-governmental organizations, human rights, ethnic politics, international negotiation, post-conflict justice and reconciliation, and comparative social change.

Students concentrating in conflict resolution and peace studies take the following required courses:

  • PLCR 531, Theories of Conflict
  • PLCR 532, Theory and Practice of Conflict Resolution
  • PLCR 533, Nonviolent Social Change
  • Either PLCR 534, Community Organizing and Social Movements, or PLCR 605, Internship

With a core of 6 or 9 credits (depending on the choice of an expanded research paper or a thesis) and a concentration of 12 credits, students in the concentration in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies take 15-18 credits (5-6 classes) in elective courses. You can use that freedom to deepen your understanding and, if you wish, to earn the certificate in conflict resolution and peace studies.