Conflict and Resolution Studies

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The Conflict and Resolution Studies concentration provides interdisciplinary and international perspectives on the causes of conflict and the possibilities of resolution. The concentration offers theoretical insights into the causes of conflict—some positive and creative but far too many tragically destructive. The concentration courses embrace the study of interpersonal, intergroup, and societal conflicts in different cultures across the world. Exploration of resolution strategies, social justice issues, ethical concerns, and leadership qualities are features of the concentration.

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.

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

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

Conflict and Resolution Studies Faculty

Richard Easton

Program Chair

Richard F. Easton, M.A.

Richard F. Easton, M.A. is a professor emeritus and is the Director of the Conflict and Resolution Studies Concentration at Washington & Jefferson College.

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