May 25, 2020
Dr. Jon Lange, Coordinator
The SOU Certificate in Conflict Resolution consists of a 36-credit, interdisciplinary curriculum–grounded in the Communication discipline–designed to prepare students with knowledge and skills in the fast-growing and increasingly important field of Conflict Resolution. The certificate enables students to understand the breadth of the study of conflict, develop skills in its productive management and resolution, prepare for work, either directly (e.g., mediation, law, criminology) or indirectly (e.g., management, collaborating groups and partnerships) associated with resolving conflict,and generally participate in negotiations and conflict with excellence and integrity. Realizing these goals will assist students in their professional and personal lives. The specific objectives:
- Students will develop a broad understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of and multiple applied approaches to conflict resolution.
- Students will learn the vocabulary associated with state of the art conflict resolution practices.
- Students will critically apply conflict resolution precepts to one or more challenging negotiation and conflict contexts that are either local, regional, national or international in scope.
- Students will develop an understanding of the ethical responsibilities and cultural and co-cultural variables associated with productively managing conflict.
- Students will develop skills associated with productively negotiating and managing their own conflicts.
- Students will develop skills associated with intervening in others’ conflicts.
- Students will develop skills associated with facilitating agreement-seeking processes for groups that have both common and opposed interests.
In size and scope, the certificate is between a minor and a major. This format allows the student to build an area of strength in a preferred field of focus. All courses taken for the certificate must be completed with a grade of C or better. A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in all courses taken for the certificate. At least 24 of the elective credits must be taken at SOU, including the capstone, internship or practicum.
- The 36-credit certificate curriculum must include classes from at least three different departments (excluding cross-listings).
- Students completing the certificate will be disallowed from attaining a minor in Conflict Resolution.
- Students applying any of the elective courses below for certificate completion may also count them toward their major or minor.
- The certificate will consist of the following required and elective courses (all courses are four credits) (Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved by both the Coordinator of the Conflict Resolution Certificate program and the Chair of the Communication Department.)
Required Core Courses (20 credits):
- COMM 355 - Communication, Culture, and Conflict 4 credits
- COMM 448 - Mediation and Conflict Management 4 credits
(COMM 448 is cross-listed in BA, CCJ, PS, PSY, and ED.)
- COMM 455 - Conflict Resolution 4 credits
- COMM 456 - Negotiation 4 credits
- COMM 410A - Capstone in Communication Studies 2 to 4 credits
- COMM 409A - Practicum/Internship in Communication Studies 1 to 15 credits
(Note: a four-credit practicum, internship or capstone may be taken in the student’s major department, using the departmental prefix, if it has a conflict resolution focus, to be approved for inclusion by the program coordinator. COMM 401 (Research) or similar courses in other departments may be substituted, with program coordinator approval.)
Elective Options (16 credits)
- SOAN 213 - Cultural Anthropology: Perspectives on Humanity 4 credits
- SOAN 310 - American Culture 4 credits
- SOAN 464 - Cultural Rights 4 credits
- BA 110 - Business, Government, and Society 4 credits
- BA 226 - Business Law 4 credits
- BA 320 - Business, Government, and Nonprofits 4 credits
- CCJ 230 - American Criminal Justice System 4 credits
- CCJ 251 - Introduction to Criminal Law 4 credits
- COMM 125 - Interpersonal Communication 4 credits
- COMM 225 - Small Group Communication 4 credits
- COMM 343 - Argumentation and Critical Thinking 4 credits
- EC 482 - Labor Relations 4 credits (Cross-listed with BA 482 )
- ES 210 - Environmental Studies I 4 credits
- ES 310 - Environmental Studies II 4 credits
- ES 383 - Science and Advocacy in Environmental Policy Debates 4 credits
- ES 437 - Conservation in the United States 4 credits (cross-listed with )
- GEOG 360 - Global Issues in Population, Development, and the Environment 4 credits
- HST 380 - War in the Modern World 4 credits
- HST 421 - Environmental History 4 credits
- HST 453 - United States Foreign Relations 1920-Present 4 credits (Cross-listed with PS 453 )
- IS 250 - Introduction to International Studies 4 credits
- NAS 368 - Native American Topics: Historical 4 credits
- NAS 468 - Native American Topics: Contemporary 4 credits
- OAL 375 - Advanced Techniques in Outdoor Adventure Leadership 3 credits
- PHL 205 - Ethics: Moral Issues 4 credits
- PHL 330 - Science, Democracy, and Citizenship 4 credits
- PS 110 - Globalization 4 credits
- PS 201 - Power and Politics 4 credits
- PS 202 - Law, Politics, and the Constitution 4 credits
- PS 421 - International Law 4 credits
- PS 453 - United States Foreign Relations 1920-Present 4 credits (Cross-listed with HST 453 )
- PSY 202 - General Psychology 4 credits
- PSY 334 - Social Psychology 4 credits
- PSY 438 - Group Dynamics 4 credits
- PSY 439 - Group Facilitation 4 credits
- SOAN 205 - Social Problems and Policy 4 credits
- SOAN 337 - Racial and Ethnic Relations 4 credits