UNCG Expands 'Conflict and Peace Studies’ with New Courses and Degree Concentrations

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UNCG is preparing its graduates for research, service and career opportunities by investing in new online and on-campus courses.

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We're making a significant investment in an area we believe will position our graduates to take advantage of a broad range of research, service and career opportunities.

Today UNCG announced a significant expansion of its Master’s degree and post-baccalaureate certificate programs that focus on conflict, dispute resolution and peace building. A dozen new courses and three new degree concentrations will be offered – both online and at the University.

“Anyone who reads local, national or international news knows that conflict isn’t going away,” said Cathie Witty, program director. “It is an important aspect of dozens of careers and avocations – from law enforcement and social work to human rights advocacy, international peace-building, politics and government. We’re making a significant investment in an area we believe will position our graduates to take advantage of a broad range of research, service and career opportunities.”

The expanded program will offer two new required courses and 10 new electives – all delivered both online and on campus. Most will be available for enrollment by this year’s summer session.

New Courses

  •     Professional Program Seminar (Required)
  •     Professional Research Seminar (Required)
  •     Qualitative Research in Conflict Studies
  •     Conflict Resolution in Higher Education
  •     Program Evaluation in Conflict Studies
  •     Conflict Practice
  •     Peace Development and Community Building
  •     Advocacy Theory and practice
  •     Crises Management: Response and Response
  •     Sports, Conflict and Peace: Global Issues with Local Solutions
  •     Social Violence
  •     Peace Development and Community Building

Three new degree concentrations will be offered to Master’s degree students who choose to specialize in preparation for a career or to pursue a particular interest:

  •     Professional Conflict Practice – focused on the professional skills needed to prevent, manage, resolve and transform negative conflict into positive peace.
  •     Education – focused on conflict resolution, transformation and restorative practices in educational settings from kindergarten up.
  •     International Peace Development – focused on structural violence and the development of positive peace and community building.

Concurrent with this expansion, UNCG is changing the name of the program from ‘Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution’ to ‘Conflict and Peace Studies.’

“The new name more clearly reflects both the local and global aspects of our research, scholarship and practice,” Witty said. “We focus not only on the study and resolution of conflict in local communities, but also on peace building, intervention and advocacy on the broader world stage.”

For more information on UNCG’s courses, Master’s degree and certificate programs in Conflict and Peace Studies, visit http://conflictstudies.uncg.edu, send an email to conflictstudies(at)uncg(dot)edu or phone the University 336.334.4781.

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