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College of Arts and Sciences

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 build professional networks 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the research and analytical skills that will be useful while working in the field of conflict management.

2. Demonstrate preparation for work in the applied field of conflict management by successfully completing a hands-on internship experience where their on-site performance, their internship journals and their final internship paper reveal their ability to: effectively use skills taught and learned in the classroom; apply theories to experiences; evaluate and critique host agency dynamics and conflict management systems and practices and devise real or hypothetical alternative approaches; critically and reflexively evaluate their own performance.

3. Analyze the dynamics of social conflicts and apply the principles of nonviolent theory and practice in order to wage conflict constructively to bring about social or political change.

4. Demonstrate their ability to use the skills of conflict management through in-class exercises, simulations and role plays.

5. Demonstrate an ability to identify and analyze the cultural dimensions of conflicts and conflict management.

6. Describe and interpret the roles that gendered power dynamics play in conflicts and conflict management.

7. Demonstrate a broad grounding in the field of conflict management by being able to explain the historical evolution of the field, by identifying and analyzing a full range of conflict dynamics, and by designing constructive and appropriate intervention tactics and strategies.

8. Students demonstrate will be able explain the main theories on causes, expression and consequences of international conflicts, and comparatively evaluate different mechanisms of prevention, management and resolution of international conflicts.

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.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.   MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
KSS CACM 11001 Introduction to Conflict Management 3
    21002 Gender, Power and Conflict 3
    22020 International Conflict Resolution 3
    31003 Nonviolence: Theory and Practice 3
    31010 Conflict Theory 3
ELR    35092 Internship in Conflict Management 3-12
    38080 Mediation: Theory and Training 3
WIC   41010 Reconciliation vs. Revenge** 3
  Choose from the following: 9
  CACM 21010 Cross-Cultural Conflict Management (3)  
    30000 May 4th and Its Aftermath (3)  
    32010 Exploring Careers in Conflict Management (3)  
    32020 Strategic Planning (3)  
    33030 Conflict in the Workplace (3)  
    34040 Negotiation (3)  
    35050 Environmental Conflict Resolution (3)  
WIC   42020 Qualitative Research in Conflict Management (3)**  
Type Title   Credits
  Foreign Language**** 14-20
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Additional 6
  College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences)***** 3
  College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences)****** 3
  General Electives (minimum 21 upper-division credit hours)
Number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

** A minimum C grade must be earned in either CACM 41010 or CACM 42020 in order to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

****Fulfills College General Requirement

*****The number of required elective credits is dependent upon the number of internship credits taken above 3. For example, if a student takes 6 credit hours of internship, then the student needs 15 major elective credit hours.

******One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.

*******One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (JUS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:
a. Intermediate I and II of the same language
b. Elementary I and II of a second language
c. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    -Intermediate I of the same language
    -MCLS 10001 Introduction to Structural Concepts for Language Students
    -MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness
    -MCLS 20091 Seminar: Global Literacy Case Studies

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.