Conflict and Resolution Studies

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
  • M.A. 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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Richard F. Easton, M.A.
Professor Emeritus, Director of Conflict and Resolution Studies Concentration
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