The Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM) offers an undergraduate major and minor which prepare students for careers or graduate study in the rapidly growing field of conflict management and dispute resolution. A major or minor in Applied Conflict Management is also useful for students interested in a variety of careers including education, social work, counseling, business, law, government, or the nonprofit sector. Some students choose to double major in Applied Conflict Management and a related discipline such as Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Justice Studies or Public Relations.
The field of conflict management is interdisciplinary in focus, and draws on a base of knowledge and scholarly research in the social sciences, humanities, ethics, education, and law. Courses offered by the Center and related academic departments give students a solid background in the theory and skills of conflict management while allowing the flexibility to concentrate in a particular area of professional interest. Students are provided with opportunities to utilize and enhance their knowledge of conflict management as they engage in research in the field or work as interns with professionals in the courts, schools, businesses, government, and human services.
Upon completion of the College of Arts and Sciences general requirements and the program requirements in Applied Conflict Management, students receive the Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.