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Concentrations

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

Global Engagement

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

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.

Building Peace in Divided Societies

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

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.

Political & Social Action

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

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.

Justice & Reconciliation

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

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.

Collaborative Leadership

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

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

Interpersonal Dynamics

Prepares student for careers working in Mediation, Counseling, Education, Law Enforcement

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.

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.

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