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The study of Conflict Management is the study of human behavior during disputes, including the causes of conflict, techniques for dealing with disputes, and strategies for achieving a resolution that satisfy one’s interests and preserve relationships. People often assume that these skills are acquired during a lifetime by simply experiencing conflict, but that is not necessarily the case. We can spend our entire lives moving from one conflict to another – at home, at school, or at work – simply repeating the same ineffective responses without realizing opportunities for, and methods to achieve, successful outcomes. The Minor in Conflict Management aspires to provide students with a theoretical framework, habits of mind and tangible skills, in areas such as negotiation, mediation, voice training, language, ethics, psychology, and neuroscience, among other fields. In addition, the minor aims to provide a better understanding of the world we live in and the conflicts that surround us by studying domestic and international conflicts, both past and current. The minor’s goal is to allow students to become better conflict managers and thus better citizens of the world. The minor is open to all undergraduate students.


Please note: This is not a minor in PWAD. It is a separate course of study housed within PWAD and it is open to all students. Students who have declared PWAD as their major will have no restrictions enrolling in the minor in Conflict Management (subject to double-counting restrictions).


For Minor requirements, see here.


For courses available in Spring 2020, see here.


New structure and additional courses, starting in fall 2019:


PSYC 101 General Psychology

Practical-based courses (choose three courses):

BUSI 405 Leading and Managing: An Introduction to Organizational Behavior

BUSI 545 Negotiations (1.5 credits; BUSI 405 prerequisite)[1]

BUSI 555 Groups and Teams in Organizations (1.5 credits; BUSI 405 prerequisite)

DRAM 140 Voice Training

DRAM 175 Interpersonal Communication: Building a Persuasive Persona under Pressure

MNGT/SOCI 131 Social Relations in the Workplace

LING 302 Language and Power

LING 543 Language in Politics

PHIL 105 Critical Thinking*

PHIL 163 Practical Ethics*

PHIL 164 Morality and Business*

PLCY/PWAD 330 Negotiation & Mediation: The Practice of Conflict Management

POLI 457 International Conflict Processes

POLI 458 International Conflict Management and Resolution

WGST/WMST 340 Leadership in Violence for Peer Educators


(*Students may select only one PHIL course from above list)


Select one course from EITHER human behavior and brain function list OR domestic- and internationally-related course list


Courses on human behavior and brain function:

A required prerequisite for all courses below is PSYC 101 General Psychology.

PSYC 230 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 260 Social Psychology

PSYC 315 Introduction to Neuroscience (PSYC 101 or BIOL 101 prerequisite)

PSYC 430 Human Memory (PSYC 222 or 230 prerequisite, in addition to 101)

PSYC 501 Personality

PSYC 512 Population, Friendship, and Peer Relations

PSYC 565 Prejudice and Stereotyping (PSYC 260 and 210 prerequisite, in addition to 101)

PSYC 566 Attitude Change (PSYC 260 and 210 prerequisite, in addition to 101)

PSYC 569 Practical Wisdom from Advanced Social Psychology (PSYC 260 and 270, in addition to 101)

PSYC 570 Self-Regulation (PSYC 260 and 210 prerequisite, in addition to 101)


Domestic- and internationally-related courses:

ASIA/PWAD 331 Cracking India: Partition and Its Legacy in South Asia

ASIA /PWAD 425 Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Collaborations in Cinema and Literature

HIST/PWAD 207 The Global Cold War

HIST/PWAD 277 The Conflict over Israel/Palestine

HIST/PWAD 254 War and Society

HIST/PWAD 312 History of France and Algeria

HIST 347 Fascist Challenges

HIST 382 History of the Civil Rights Movement

HIST 510 Human Rights in Modern World

HIST/ASIA 538 The Middle East and the West

HIST 565 Civil War America

PLCY/PWAD 430 Analysis of US National Security Policy

POLI 235 The Politics of Russia and Eurasia

POLI/PWAD/SOCI 260 Crisis and Change in Russia and Eastern Europe

POLI/PWAD 444 Seminar on Terrorism

POLI/PWAD 469 Conflict and Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia

RELI 233 Religion and Violence

WMST 235 Women in Modern Europe

[1] BUSI 545 and BUSI 555 are 1.5 credit course each. Students who choose these courses will need to select two additional ones in order to meet this requirement.

[1] BUSI 545 and BUSI 555 are 1.5 credit course each. Students who choose these courses will need to select two additional ones in order to meet this requirement.


Program Advisor:

Shai Tamari

(919) 962-2034