Center for Applied Conflict Management | Kent State University

Center for Applied Conflict Management

The Center for Applied Conflict Management transformed into the School of Peace and Conflict Studies effective August 2017. The Center for Applied Conflict Management (originally called the Center for Peaceful Change) was established in 1971 as a “living memorial” to the students killed by the Ohio National Guard during a student protest against the Vietnam War on May 4, 1970. The Center was created to study and to promote peaceful mechanisms of change. Today the School of Peace and Conflict Studies regularly enrolls over 1,000 students each year in courses that teach applied skills in conflict management and nonviolent change.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

The Center for Applied Conflict Management is now the School of Peace and Conflict Studies, effective August 2017.  The offices of the School will be located in 113 McGilvery Hall starting on Monday, August 21, 2017.  We also have new faculty joining us this Fall.  Read more about these exciting changes!

Students:  Our courses are still listed under CACM in the Schedule of classes, and our undergraduate degree is still a degree in Applied Conflict Management.

The website is being gradually updated and revised.  Please bear with us as we make the transition.

 


 

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About SPCS

Kent State University's Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM) became the School of Peace and Conflict Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences effective August 2017.  

The Center for Applied Conflict Management (originally called the Center for Peaceful Change) was established in 1971 as a “living memorial” to the students killed by the Ohio National Guard during a student protest against the Vietnam War on May 4, 1970.

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Undergraduate Degree Program

The School's undergraduate degree program, established in 1973, is one of the oldest -- and currently one of the largest -- peace and conflict studies programs in the country. Our popular "Introduction to Conflict Management" class is open to all majors, and satisfies Kent CORE and diversity requirements.  Additional classes offered through the Center provide more intensive training in negotiation, mediation, strategic planning and nonviolent change.

Part of the new Student Green located in front of the Risman Plaza.

Graduate Study Options

The Conflict Analysis and Management track in the Political Science doctoral degree program is attracting graduate students from all over the world.  Students interested in doing master’s level work can study with SPCS faculty through Kent State’s Master in Liberal Studies program.

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Careers & Internships

Our alumni are employed in a variety of fields which include business, finance, social services, nonprofit management, government, human resources, education and training, law, mediation, community organizing and activism.

Graduates are all smiles on a warm and sunny day.

Student & Alumni Spotlight

We love to share stories about our students and alumni — news about awards, new jobs, special events, latest activities and interesting stories can be found here.

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May 4 Information

Learn more about May 4 and its history.

CACM ALUMNI SHARE THEIR STORIES

 


MAY 4, 1970

May 4, 1970 is an important part of Kent State’s history. Learn more about May 4 and its legacy.

 

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Contact Us

Email: cacm@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3143
Fax: 330-672-3362

Need help resolving conflict? 
Find Conflict Resolution Services on campus.

The SPCS Listserv sends out periodic emails about jobs, internships, news and events related to conflict management and social change. Sign up to join the listerv.