The undergraduate major and minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CAR) is a program of The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. This program offers the first major in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at a Virginia public institution, as well as the first in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Conflict occurs in many contexts, from a vehement dispute between two individuals to a cycle of violence between ethnic groups. Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CAR) offers students a B.A., B.S., or minor in a growing interdisciplinary social science field with practical applications. The CAR perspective emphasizes analyzing the sources and dynamics of conflict and developing the means for resolution toward lasting peace.
All CAR students take a series of core courses that provide a background in conflict theory, analysis, and conflict resolution skills. Required bridge courses cover conflict analysis and resolution at three levels: interpersonal conflict, community/organizational conflict, and global conflict. After selecting a level of conflict as a concentration, students choose courses from units throughout the university that relate to the concentration and their areas of interest, such as anthropology, communication, government, philosophy, psychology, management, sociology and New Century College. The major also requires three credits of field experience in the form of an internship, service learning opportunity, guided research project, or study abroad.
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution has been a pioneer in the field of conflict studies since its inception in 1981. The School offered the first doctoral program in the field in North America, and its faculty continues to be at the forefront of teaching and research. S-CAR is a diverse, interdisciplinary teaching community, including professors with backgrounds in law, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, and religion.
Partnership with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, New Century College, and other units allows this program to draw on the interdisciplinary strengths and focus of George Mason University. Faculty research and practice specializations include peace processes, globalization, cultural aspects of conflict, mediation and dialogue, terrorism, religion and conflict, identity and other roots of conflict, and various conflicts in the United States and worldwide.