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Learn to Manage and Prevent Conflict

January 13, 2021 by Karen Grossman |

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Conflict is all around us — on the news, in our communities, and yes, in the workplace. So you can imagine how helpful it would be to understand how to create peace and resolve conflict. On a larger scale, a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies teaches necessary skills to help build an environment needed for peace, social change, and respect for human rights. 

Why Peace and Conflict Studies?

Conflict is a part of life. Families, organizations, and communities around the world experience it. Through a Peace and Conflict Studies program, students learn needed skills for peaceful resolutions, such as mediation, negotiation, violence intervention, and collaborative problem solving. Students practice conflict management and resolution within organizations, communities, and professional and personal settings. Ideally, they learn to find the best outcome for everyone involved.

Graduates can apply those skills in real-world situations such as landlord-tenant disputes, international peace talks, playground bullying, and human rights advocacy, while working in many professional settings: refugee services, civil defense, community development, the Peace Corps, education, law, human resources, health care, and politics. 

Choose from 3 online programs

Decide which Peace and Conflict Studies program is right for you. UNC Greensboro has three online options: a bachelor’s or master’s degree or a graduate certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.

  • The bachelor’s degree focuses on conflict intervention and prevention, and promotes peace studies and research. It is made up completely of online courses, such as Peace and Violence in the Modern World, with no set class times, allowing students freedom to set their own schedules.

  • An online master’s program focuses on resolving the challenges people face as individuals or larger groups, such as diversity, human rights, and social justice. Designed for careers such as mediation, education, and negotiation, students can take courses like Resolving Conflict in Health Care Systems and Gender and Peacebuilding.

  • Students can earn an online graduate certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies in one year. If you’ve already earned a graduate degree and want to change career paths, this certificate lets you specialize in conflict resolution. Or it can upgrade your current job skills. Credits earned in this program can go toward the master’s in conflict resolution.


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