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Conflict Studies Major & Minor

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Conflict Studies

Conflict Studies is a major that brings together a number of academic disciplines that focus on conflict as one of their organizing concepts. Because of its ubiquity and significance in human life, the study of the process and resolution of conflict is increasingly claiming a central place in the study of development in general and peaceful change in particular.


Requirements for a major

Conflict Studies (After July 1, 2011)

Total courses required Eleven
Core courses CFT 100, CFT 295, CFT 430. CFT 100 must be completed by the fourth semester of study or at the latest the semester following the declaration of major. Students majoring in Conflict Studies are required to participate in workshops that are designed to help them integrate conflict theory and knowledge of practice.
Other required courses Additional courses that may be chosen for the major are: ANTH 151, ANTH 253, ANTH 255, ANTH 256, ANTH 290*, ANTH 390*, COMM 223, COMM 224, COMM 227, COMM 327, COMM 401*, ECON 250, ECON 262, ECON 290*, ECON 320, ECON 390*, EDUC 300, EDUC 320, EDUC 362, EDUC 425*, HIST 105*, HIST 109, HIST 110, HIST 206, HIST 256, HIST 257, HIST 263, HIST 264, HIST 265, HIST 275, HIST 290*, HIST 300*, HIS 351, HIST 355, HIST 358, HIST 364, HIST 367, HIST 368, HIST 385, HIST 490*, HONR 101*, PHIL 230, PHIL 233, PHIL 234, PHIL 342, POLS 130, POLS 150, POLS 170, POLS 235, POLS 324, POLS 335 POLS 352, POLS 360, POLS 370, POLS 374, POLS 382, POLS 384, POLS 390*, POLS 450*, PSY 246*, PSY 346*, PSY 352, REL 132, REL 252, REL 263, REL 269, REL 290*, REL 340*, REL 370*, SOC 197S*, SOC 210, SOC 222, SOC 225, SOC 237, SOC 249, SOC 301*, SOC 303, SOC 320, SOC 323, SOC 334, SOC 337, SOC 410*, WS 140, WS 270, WS 340, WS 370*.
(*if approved topic)

This list of courses that satisfy CFT requirements for credit toward the major is not exhaustive. Other courses may be awarded CFT credit in the context of a given theme. Additional required courses will be determined in consultation with the student's Conflict Studies advisor.

Number 300 and 400 level courses Five
Senior requirement and capstone experience All seniors must take CFT 430. Content of the senior seminar in Conflict Studies will invariably reflect the area of expertise of the instructor. Topics, therefore, range widely and may include: topical concentrations (e.g., globalization, war and peace), geographical foci (e.g., Latin America, Middle East / North Africa), and conflict typology (i.e., value conflicts, issue conflicts, interest conflicts). The senior seminar may emphasize conflict analysis (i.e., origins, processes and dynamics), conflict intervention (e.g., conflict transformation, post conflict peacebuilding), or the implications of analysis for third party practice. A research project is always a significant dimension of the capstone experience.
Additional information Majors will develop a learning contract, required by week six of the second semester, sophomore year (or at least one month after major declaration), structured around two thematic tracks (e.g., Identity Based Conflict, International Diplomacy and Conflict, Organizational Conflict, Peace/War, etc.). The terms of the contract specify the substantive nature of the chosen tracks, including relevant courses. Majors must take at least four courses at the 300-400 level; two in each track. Each track must consist of at least three courses, but no more than five courses can be credited to a single track.
Writing in the Major

When students declare a Conflict Studies major, they develop their two main themes in a 1-2 page explanation of each theme, what the central questions or issues are, and how the particular courses selected to fit in that theme might contribute to addressing the theme. As courses are completed (at the beginning of each new semester) students revise and expand this statement, based on their experience in the classes, then meet with the CFT advisor to discuss the revised statements. By the time they are ready to register for the senior capstone course in the spring of their final year, they should have a polished, clearly articulated statement of their understanding of each theme.

In addition to this iterated process of articulating one's self-chosen themes or tracks, we will require what we refer to as a framing project. This would be a paper, whose aim is to articulate, iteratively, the student's place in relation to the field of Conflict Studies. The framing part of the paper focuses on two questions: What is Conflict Studies? What analytical skills and practical abilities have you have gained from this study?

Students will know they have satisfied the writing requirement when the advisor officially signs off on the final version of the two track statements and the framing project. The CFT senior seminar is offered in the spring semester, so these assignments must be complete by the end of the fall semester of the senior year.

Conflict Studies (Prior to July 1, 2011)

Total courses required Eleven
Core courses CFT 100, CFT 430. Students majoring in Conflict Studies are required to participate in workshops that are designed to help them integrate courses in their major.
Other required courses Additional courses that may be chosen for the major are: ANTH 151, ANTH 253, ANTH 255, ANTH 256, ANTH 290*, ANTH 390*, COMM 223, COMM 224, COMM 227, COMM 327, COMM 401*, ECON 250, ECON 290*, ECON 390*, EDUC 300, EDUC 320, EDUC 362, EDUC 425*, HIST 105*, HIST 109, HIST 110, HIST 206, HIST 256, HIST 257, HIST 263, HIST 264, HIST 265, HIST 275, HIST 290*, HIST 355, HIST 364, HIST 367, HIST 368, HIST 385, HIST 490*, HONR 101*, PHIL 230, PHIL 233, PHIL 234, PHIL 342, POLS 230, POLS 270, POLS 324, POLS 352, POLS 370, POLS 374, POLS 382, POLS 384, POLS 390, POLS 450*, PSY 246*, PSY 346*, PSY 352, REL 132, REL 263, REL 269, REL 290*, REL 370*, SOC 197S*, SOC 210, SOC 222, SOC 225, SOC 237, SOC 249, SOC 301*, SOC 303, SOC 320, SOC 323, SOC 337, SOC 343, SOC 410*, WS 140, WS 270, WS 340, WS 370*

(*if approved topic)

Number 300 and 400 level courses Four
Senior requirement and capstone experience The senior requirement consists of CFT 430.
Additional information
  • Five courses at the 100-200 level (a maximum of two courses at the 100-level)
  • Four courses at the 300-400 level
  • Four courses in each of two different departments with one additional course, or three courses in each of three different departments

Requirements for a minor

Conflict Studies

Total courses required Five
Core courses CFT 100
Other required courses Also required are two 200-level courses and two 300-level courses, to be selected in consultation with the coordinator of conflict studies, from two academic disciplines.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Two