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Applied Conflict Management - B.A. PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science

302 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2060
Fax: 330-672-3362


The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Conflict Management prepares students for careers or graduate study in the field of conflict management and dispute resolution. Kent State has one of the oldest, largest and most highly regarded undergraduate programs in peace and conflict studies in the country. Areas of focus include mediation, negotiation, environmental conflict resolution, international conflict resolution, workplace conflict management, nonviolent action and community organizing. Students learn applied skills and make contacts through a required internship in the profession.

Career Opportunities

Community mediation centers and programs, labor organizations, law offices, non-profit organizations, insurance carriers, and other private companies and organizations that specialize in providing mediation and other dispute resolution services. Grievance and ombuds officers in educational systems and in companies and corporations. Human resource and personnel management offices. Human service agencies. Community organizing. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

This is an “applied” degree, thus we require an internship in the field of between 3-12 credits. This can be done in a wide variety of contexts and places of the student’s choosing, with faculty approval.