Conflict and Resolution Studies


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The Conflict and Resolution Studies Program offers both a Minor and a Concentration which provide interdisciplinary and international perspectives on the causes of conflict and the possibilities of resolution. Courses in the program offer theoretical insights into the causes of conflict-some positive and creative but far too many tragically destructive. The program courses embrace the study of interpersonal, intergroup, and societal conflicts in different cultures across the world. Exploration of resolution strategies, ethical and social justice issues, and leadership qualities are features of the program. The minor provides interested students with the opportunity to explore the area of Conflict and Resolution in greater depth than the concentration.

Conflict and Resolution Studies Snapshot

Research and Internships

Sample Graduate Programs

  • Notre Dame Kroc Institute of Peace Studies in the Keogh School of Global Affairs
  • George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs
  • University of Salisbury Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution
  • GSPIA at University of Pittsburgh
  • George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice in Belfast, Ireland
  • MA and PhD with fellowships and stipends
Careers After W&J

Sample Careers

  • Political affairs specialist with mediation skills in local, state, or federal offices specializing in health, public relations, policy development, or negotiations
  • Public relations: client satisfaction
  • Crisis aversion for industry, hospitals, insurers
  • Lawyer: civil, family, federal court, non-profit
  • Mediator: personal, local, national, international conflict transformation
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Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Conflict and Resolution Studies Faculty

Conflict and Resolution Studies News

Symposium on Democracy Breakout Sessions Highlight W&J Student, Faculty Research

March 8, 2021

Washington & Jefferson College’s fourth annual Symposium on Democracy included breakout sessions hosted by W&J’s students and faculty members.

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