Conflict Analysis and Resolution Undergraduate Concentrations

Students select a concentration to focus on an aspect of conflict and prepare for a career.

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Global Engagement

Focuses on studying the dynamics and impact of global conflict resolution, examines domestic and international dimensions of security, state-to-state conflict, internal wars, terrorism, migration, negotiation, and diplomacy. Explores what can be done to reduce violent conflict and increase peace and security.

Prepares students for careers working in Government Agencies, Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism, Global Health, Corporations, and Development.

Sample Coursework

CONF 335 Justice & Reconciliation
CONF 345 Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security, & Justice
CRIM 405 Law & Justice around the World
ECON 385 International Economic Policy
EVPP 337 Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries
GGS 301 Political Geography
GGS 307 Sustainable Development
GOVT 322 International Relations Theory
GOVT 342 Diplomacy
GOVT 446 International Law & Organization
INTS 416 Refugee & Internal Displacement
SOCI 388 Violence & Religion

This list includes sample courses. Please refer to the catalog for a complete listing of approved coursework.

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Building Peace in Divided Societies

Focuses on how divided societies with a history of conflict seek to transform relationships and situations of violence and injustice. Examines communities and societies that have experienced conflict and how individuals and groups build peace locally and globally.

Prepares students for careers working in Diplomacy, Community Development, Human Rights, Non-Profits.

Sample Coursework

CONF 325 Dialogue & Difference
CONF 335 Justice & Reconciliation
CONF 392 Youth & Conflict
CONF 393 Violence: Causes, Dynamics, & Alternatives
CONF 435 Building Peace in Divided Societies
COMM 305 Foundations in Intercultural Communication
CULT 320 Globalization & Culture
ECON 360 Economics of Developing Areas
GGS 307 Sustainable Development
GOVT 342 Diplomacy
HIST 373 The Civil War & Reconstruction
INTS 305 Conflict Resolution & Transformation
SOCI 320 Globalization and Social Change

This list includes sample courses. Please refer to the catalog for a complete listing of approved coursework.

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Political & Social Action

Focuses on the ways that people organize themselves to effect change in their societies. This concentration explores social action, social organization, social movements, and civil resistance to analyze and investigate the role of constructive conflict.

Prepares students for careers working in Environmental Conflict, Food Security, Lobbying, Immigration, Non-Profits focused on Social Change.

Sample Coursework

CONF 393 Violence: Causes, Dynamics, & Alternatives
CONF 394 Human Rights & Inequality
COMM 326 Rhetoric of Social Movements & Political Cntrvrsy ECON 309 Economic Problems & Public Policies
GOVT 301 Public Law & Judicial Process
GOVT 364 Public Policy Making
INTS 304 Social Movements & Community Activism
INTS 334 Environmental Justice
INTS 362 Social Justice & Human Rights
PSYC 427 Community Engagement for Social Change
SOCI 307 Social Movements & Political Protests
SOCI 340 Power Politics & Society
SOCI 352 Social Problems & Solutions

This list includes sample courses. Please refer to the catalog for a complete listing of approved coursework.

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Justice & Reconciliation

Focuses on the-relationships between human rights, justice, and conflict resolution. Encompasses a spectrum of coursework including legal dimensions of human rights, trauma, memory, healing, conflict transformation, and forms of restorative justice.

Prepares students for careers working with Advocacy, Art & Social Justice, Restorative Justice, Non-Profits focused on the Recovery from Conflict.

Sample Coursework

CONF 335 Justice & Reconciliation
CONF 394 Human Rights & Inequality
CONF 435 Building Peace in Divided Societies
CRIM 307 Social Inequality, Crime, & Justice
CRIM 404 Crime Victims & Victimization
CRIM 406 Family Law & the Justice System
INTS 300 Law & Justice
INTS 314 Conflict, Trauma, & Healing
INTS 362 Social Justice & Human Rights
SOCI 308 Race & Ethnicity in a Changing World
SOCI 355 Social Inequality

This list includes sample courses. Please refer to the catalog for a complete listing of approved coursework.

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Collaborative Leadership

Focuses on improving the capacity of leaders to work with conflict and manage change. Includes topics in conflict transformation, mediation, dialogue, and organizational leadership.

Prepares students for careers working in Non-Profits, Public Policy, Management, Human Resources, Corporate, Politics.

Sample Coursework

CONF 325 Dialogue & Difference
CONF 326 Negotiation
CONF 329 Community Engmnt & Collaborative Problem Solving CONF 425 Mediation
COMM 201 Small Group Communication
COMM 335 Organizational Communications
GOVT 351 Administration in the Political System
INTS 331 The Nonprofit Sector
INTS 404 Ethics & Leadership
INTS 435 Leadership in a Changing Environment
MGMT 303 Principles of Management
PRLS 316 Leadership & Outdoor Education
PSYC 333 Industrial & Organizational Psychology
PSYC 335 Psychology of Creativity & Innovation

This list includes sample courses. Please refer to the catalog for a complete listing of approved coursework.

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Interpersonal Dynamics

Focuses on the dynamics of social interaction that lead to interpersonal conflict and the processes and skills that support the transformation of these conflicts. Issues examined include intercultural communication, psychology of groups, family relationships, and other dimensions of human relations.

Prepares students for careers working in Mediation, Counseling, Education, Law Enforcement.

Sample Coursework

CONF 325 Dialogue & Difference
CONF 392 Youth & Conflict
CONF 425 Mediating Conflict
COMM 301 Relational Communication Theory
COMM 305 Foundations of Intercultural Communication COMM 401 Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace INTS 317 Issues in Family Relationships
PSYC 231 Social Psychology
PSYC 379 Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 417 Science of Well Being
PSYC 467 Psychology of Working in Groups & Teams
SOCI 309 Marriage, Families, & Intimate Life
SOCI 315 Contemporary Gender Relations

This list includes sample courses. Please refer to the catalog for a complete listing of approved coursework.

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Environmental Conflict and Collaboration

Focuses on the environmental issues currently facing communities both locally and globally and explores ways to reach collaborative solutions to the conflicts.

Prepares students for careers working in Environmental Non-Profits, Advocacy, Policy Work, and Sustainability.

Sample Coursework

CONF 325 Dialogue & Difference
CONF 326 Negotiation
CONF 329 Community Engmnt & Collaborative Problem Solving CONF 425 Mediation
ANTH 370 Environment & Culture
CONS 410 Human Dimensions in Conservation
CONS 490 Integrated Conservation Strategies
EVPP 336 Human Dimensions of the Environment
EVPP 337 Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries EVPP 361 Introduction to Environmental Policy
EVPP 436 Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change
GGS 307 Sustainable Development
INTS 334 Environmental Justice

This list includes sample courses. Please refer to the catalog for a complete listing of approved coursework.

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Individualized Concentration (IND)

Students interested in creating their own concentration can work with an advisor to decide upon a set of at least six courses that will fulfill the requirements of the BS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Individualized concentrations must be approved by the Director of the Undergraduate Program.

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Students interested in creating their own concentration can work with an advisor to decide upon a set of at least six courses that form a cohesive theme and will fulfill the requirements of the BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Individualized concentrations must be approved by the Director of the Undergraduate Program.

Complete the top portion of this form and forward to your Carter School advisor.


How to Fulfill the Concentration Requirement

To fulfill the concentration requirement students select six concentration courses. Four of those six courses must be taken from within their chosen concentration. The remaining two concentration courses may be taken from any of the concentration course lists. Special topics courses relevant to the concentration and/or courses that provide regional expertise can be substituted with departmental approval. Students are encouraged to check special topics courses each semester and think creatively about the applicability of courses that support learning in their chosen concentration. At least two of the six concentration courses must be CONF courses. Courses may not double count for the concentration requirement and the skills and practice requirement.