2014-16 Academic Catalog
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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Conflict Resolution Certificate

Conflict can be viewed on both the macro and micro system levels. It can be interpersonal, as in the area of individual or family dynamics, or organizational, as in labor, racial/ethnic, or international relations. The Certificate in Conflict Resolution focuses on understanding the roots of conflict, as well as its management or resolution. This certificate is designed for students working toward a baccalaureate degree, and whose anticipated careers may provide opportunities for conflict resolution. Examples of related majors include social work, sociology, criminology, communication studies, education, environmental science, management, public administration, public policy, and political science.

The objectives of the Conflict Resolution program are to:

  • provide students with a grounding in conflict theory and approaches to conflict resolution;
  • provide students with beginning skills in conflict resolution and management;
  • provide opportunities to integrate conflict resolution knowledge and skills in a variety of academic areas.
Program of Study, 15 hours total (five 3-hour classes)
Social Work/Sociology/Anthropology:
SW 3102/SOC 3090 (980:102)/ANTH 3470 (990:102)Conflict Resolution3
or COMM 4333/5333 (48C:148g) Communication and Conflict Management
Electives: select four courses from the lists below: *12
Micro Systems track courses
Human Relations: Awareness and Application
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Human Identity and Relationships
Family Relationships
Violence in Intimate Relationships
Family Relationships in Crisis
Psychology of Gender Differences **
Social Psychology **
Psychology of Human Differences **
Social Work:
Stress and Stress Management in the Helping Professions
Communication Studies:
Mediation Theory and Process **
Intercultural Communication
Gender Issues in Communication
Performance and Social Change
Macro Systems track courses
Social Work/Social Science:
Social Welfare: A World View
Diversity and Difference **
Social Science:
Women, Men, and Society
Political Science:
International Security
North-South Relations
Human Rights
Great Power Diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna to the Present
Environmental Geography
Geopolitics: (Variable Topic)
Social Movements **
Social Psychology **
Social Inequality **
Immigration and Transnationalism **
Total Hours15


Courses are listed under separate tracks to guide your preference of micro or macro preparation. At least one course must be selected from each track. A minimum grade of C is required for each course.


These courses have additional prerequisites as follows:

PSYCH 2201 (400:060), PSYCH 3404/5404 (400:106g), and PSYCH 2203 (400:160), have prerequisite of PSYCH 1001 (400:001). Course PSYCH 1001 (400:001) may be used to satisfy Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

SW 4163/5163 (450:163g)SOC 2040 (980:156g)SOC 2075 (980:100g)SOC 3045/5045 (980:135g), AND  SOC 3080/5080 (980:120g)  have prerequisite of SOC 1000 (980:001). SOC 1000 (980:001) may be used to satisfy Category 5A of the Liberal Arts Core.

COMM 4316/5316 (48C:136g) has prerequisite of COMM 2344 (48C:004).

Choice of courses and subsequent course prerequisites may increase the length of this program. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses taken for the certificate.



PUBPOL 6205 (950:205). Research Seminar in Public Policy — 1 hr.

Seminar on questions of public policy analysis. Topics vary. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): admission to the graduate program in Public Policy or consent of Director of Graduate Program in Public Policy. (Fall and Spring)

PUBPOL 6208 (950:208). Applied Research and Bibliography in Public Policy — 3 hrs.

Exploration of established research and available sources in participant's focus area in public policy. Successful completion satisfies program writing requirement. Prerequisite(s): ECON 3221/5221 (920:117g); POL AMER 4153/5153 (942:153g); POL AMER 4173/5173 (942:173g); PUBPOL 6275 (950:275); HIST 6020 (960:225). (Fall)

PUBPOL 6220 (950:220). Public Policy, Advocacy and Public Funding — 2 hrs.

Policy context of philanthropy and nonprofit development; the role of nonprofits in policy development and advocacy. Prerequisite(s): admission into the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development graduate program. (Variable)

PUBPOL 6260 (950:260). Policy Analysis: Methods and Approaches — 3 hrs.

Research methods and approaches for analyzing and evaluating public policy choices and impacts. Understanding the context and purposes of policy analysis. Defining policy research questions and developing research designs. Selecting and applying appropriate research methods to policy problems. Prerequisite(s): enrollment requires admission to the graduate program in Public Policy, or consent of Director of Graduate Program in Public Policy. (Fall)

PUBPOL 6275 (950:275). Quantitative Methods for Politics and Policy — 3 hrs.

Statistical methods appropriate to study of political science and public policy, including hypothesis testing, nominal and ordinal scale measures of association, bivariate regression/correlation, and multiple regression. Prerequisite(s): POL GEN 3111 (940:111), SOC 2020 (980:080), or consent of instructor. (Spring)

PUBPOL 6281 (950:281). Internship in Public Policy — 4 hrs.

Field experience for students enrolled in Master of Public Policy degree program. Students may be given credit for extensive career experience at the discretion of the Program Director. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 4173/5173 (942:173g); PUBPOL 6205 (950:205); PUBPOL 6275 (950:275). (Fall, Spring, Summer)

PUBPOL 6285 (950:285). Readings in Public Policy — 1-3 hrs.

Registration requires written consent of Program Director. May be repeated. (Fall, Spring, Summer)