B.S. in Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution

Conflict studies and dispute resolution

The Bachelor of Science in Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution is an interdisciplinary program in which students will have the opportunity to explore the nature of conflict and resolution of conflict at three levels:  interpersonal, community and organizational, and global.  Students enrolled in this program are trained to assist individuals, families, communities, and organizations in their effort to resolve conflicts through the development and evaluation of solutions, creative problem solving, and the promotion of effective communication. A strong foundation of courses in the liberal arts provides the groundwork for the development of higher-level skills including critical thinking, creative problem solving, and effective written and communication skills. Conflict resolution is a highly interdisciplinary field that draws upon diverse areas of study in the social sciences including law, philosophy, psychology, human services, business and economics.

This course of study is an excellent choice for completing a bachelor's degree. The skill set developed in the courses and the broad liberal arts exposure will provide the necessary education employers look for in many fields....well beyond dispute resolution and mediation. The ability to problem solve, effectively communicate and resolve conflict are desired in most career environments and should provide an attractive degree for a broad range of occupations in the job market. In particular, this degree program would be a wise choice if you are interested in career environments that focus on people, relationships or customer service; the counseling professions, social justice, law, education, and  human resources. 

Program Objectives - Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively at a professional level, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the role of power, diverse perspectives, and conflict within interpersonal, family, and group interactions.
  • Demonstrate and apply a theoretical orientation to professional practice.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the primary theoretical approaches employed in dispute resolution.

 All students enrolled in the Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution program will take a series of core courses that explore:

  • The complex nature and historical underpinnings of conflict, conflict theory and analysis.
  • Intervention strategies of conflict resolution including creative problem solving, mediation, negotiation, facilitation, and consensus building.
  • The principles of restorative justice as a critical component of healing relationships between victim, offender, community, as well as the role of the justice system in that process.

Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution Curriculum


 Now enrolling for classes beginning  September 1, 2015