Minor Core Courses

The Conflict Resolution minor is a 28-credit combination of academic coursework and competency, preparing students for graduate work or employment in CR-related degree programs or careers. The degree requirements of the minor are below.


CR 301U Introduction to Conflict Resolution (4)

Introduces conflict resolution studies. Explores both the nature of conflict and our understanding of what resolution seeks to achieve. Emphasizes strategies students currently employ toward resolving conflict in their own lives, with suggestions and examples that broaden their understanding of what is possible. Small groups, simulated conflict situations, role plays, and examples from community service provide students with the opportunity to both better understand their own strategies and develop new ones. 

CR 302U Introduction to Peace Studies (4)

This introduction course explores the general questions of peace with units on history of peace, nonviolent conflict resolution, religious and philosophical peace orientations, costs and benefits of war and peace, laws of war and peace, selected peace leader biographies.

CR 303U Consensus Building (4)

This course explores the theories, approaches, and practical applications of consensus building. Comprehension of consensus building. Comprehension of consensus building organizational theory is applied through a variety of strategies, approaches, activities, and processes are contextualized through case-study literature and experiential learning assignments.

CR 304U Participating in Democracy (4)

This course is designed to explore the meaning of democracy by constructing the notion of "living democracy". The importance of participating in democracy and the impediments are explored. Historical and present examples will be used to illustrate forms, civic participation on the local, regional, national and international level. 

CR 305U Ecology of War & Peace (4)

Looks at environmental effects of waging and preparing to wage war, natural resource drivers to war, and what an ecology of peace would look like and what it would accomplish. Conceptually, what is more thorough and accurate cost-benefit analysis of methods of nation-state conflict management, using the US as the case example.

CR 306U Introduction to Nonviolence (4)

This course examines nonviolence from several perspectives, including units of philosophical and religious nonviolence, nonviolent communication, nonviolent response to personal attack, Gandhian nonviolence, Sharp strategic nonviolence, and the emergent field of nonviolent conflict forensics.

CR 307 Conflict Management Skills (4)

Interactive survey or practical array of conflict management competencies with units on facilitation, consensus building, mediation, conflict analysis, conflict mapping, de-escalation, negotiation, conflict management system design, community organizing, conflict management careers. Theory, simulations, and student team presentations generate new competencies and evaluative opportunities