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.

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

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Conflict and Resolution Studies Faculty

Richard Easton

Conflict and Resolution Department 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.

Buba Misawa
David Ryan Bunting portrait
Beth Bennett
H.J. Manzari, Ph.D. portrait
James March portrait
Jason Kilgore, Ph.D. portrait

Jason S. Kilgore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology; Environmental Science Major Coordinator

Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Conflict and Resolution Studies

Melissa Cook portrait
Michael Lewis portrait

Olga Solovieva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Religious Studies; Interfaith Leadership Studies Coordinator

Religious Studies, Interfaith Leadership Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Conflict and Resolution Studies

Patricia Easton
Rob Litchfield
Robert East, Ph.D. portrait
Sam Gidas, J.D. portrait

Sam P. Gidas, J.D.

Associate Professor of Economics & Business, Coordinator of the Business Program

Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business Administration, Conflict and Resolution Studies

T. Scott Frank portrait
Todd Verdun, Ph.D. portrait

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