Student Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Learning Outcomes

Basic Knowledge

Undergraduate students will demonstrate the understanding of conflict resolution theory, the basic causes and consequences of conflict, the differentiation between destructive and constructive approaches to conflict, cross cultural awareness, and successful intervention strategies.

Basic Skills

Undergraduate students will demonstrate effective skills in de-escalation of conflict, constructive communication, principled negotiation, and cultural competence.

Research and Writing

Undergraduate students will be able to critically engage with and synthesize, in speech and writing, information derived from various ways of knowledge.


Undergraduate students will demonstrate the ability to participate in civil discourse, understand the legal and ethical dimensions of the conflict resolution field and understand their role in their professional and community engagement.

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Advanced Knowledge

Students will demonstrate the capacity to articulate and integrate theoretical and applied knowledge in varied conflict and peace-making contexts.


Students will demonstrate the ethical capacity to use critical, evaluative, collaborative, and engaged thinking in qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.


Students will develop the capacity to conduct ethical and effective inquiry on multiple dimensions of peace building, conflict prevention, resolution, and transformation, producing frontier knowledge relevant to the field.


Students will develop and use a variety of strategies appropriate to diverse audiences to foster greater understanding of conflict resolution practices and principles.  Students will apply skills in active listening, empathic engagement, dialogue and constructive problem-solving.  Students will demonstrate successful academic and professional writing in various formats including reflective writing, presentations, research papers, case studies, and literature reviews.


Students will engage with the structure of their discipline and their intended career placements as professionals, including the legal and ethical dimensions of these professions and and the responsibilities involved to a variety of stakeholders.