Applied Conflict Management - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
School of Peace and Conflict Studies
321 Bowman Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-3143
cacm@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/cacm


Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Conflict Management prepares students for careers or graduate study in the field of conflict management, peace studies and dispute resolution. This major gives students a solid background in managing conflicts in constructive, not destructive ways. Students learn skills that are not only useful in a variety of workplace settings, but in everyday life and relationships as well.  Areas of focus include mediation, negotiation, environmental conflict resolution, international conflict resolution, workplace conflict management, nonviolent action and community organizing. As this is an "applied" program, an internship in the field is required (CACM 35092). Students learn skills and build professional networks through the internship, which can be completed in a wide variety of contexts. Kent State has one of the oldest, largest and most highly regarded undergraduate programs in peace and conflict studies in the country.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

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. 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.
  3. Demonstrate their ability to use the skills of conflict management through in-class exercises, simulations and role plays.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to identify and analyze the cultural dimensions of conflicts and conflict management.
  5. Describe and interpret the roles that gendered power dynamics play in conflicts and conflict management.
  6. 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.
  7. Demonstrate an ability to 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.
  8. 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.
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BA-ACM]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CACM 11001INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS) 3
CACM 31002GENDER, POWER AND CONFLICT 3
CACM 31003NONVIOLENCE:THEORY AND PRACTICE 3
CACM 31010CONFLICT THEORY 3
CACM 32030INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION (DIVG) 3
CACM 35092INTERNSHIP IN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (ELR) 1,23
CACM 41010RECONCILIATION VERSUS REVENGE:TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE (DIVG) (WIC) 33
CACM 48080MEDIATION:THEORY AND TRAINING 3
CACM Electives, choose from the following: 29
MAY 4 1970 AND ITS AFTERMATH
STRATEGIC PLANNING
CROSS-CULTURAL CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVG)
CONFLICT IN THE WORKPLACE
CAREER PATHWAYS IN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
NEGOTIATION
ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (WIC) 3
VARIABLE TITLE SEMINAR IN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)14-20
College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 43
College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 53
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
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 Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)33
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students may enroll in a maximum of 12 credit hours, but no more than 3 credit hours may count toward the major.

2

Applied Conflict Management majors who successfully earn 15 credit hours of POL coursework by participating in the Political Science Washington Program in National Issues (WPNI) or the Political Science Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues (CPII) may substitute three (3) of the credit hours earned in Washington or Columbus for the CACM 35092 Internship in Conflict Management requirement. They may also substitute six (6) of the credit hours earned in either WPNI or CPII  for any two (2) of the CACM courses listed as CACM Electives, thus completing their CACM Elective requirement. The remaining credits earned in either the Washington or Columbus program may be used to fulfill university or college upper-division electives and/or as course substitutions for required CACM courses. Course substitutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with a CACM faculty advisor.

3

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

4

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). The course may not be from the student's major.

5

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 (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1

To complete the requirement, students have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

  1. Intermediate I and II of the same language 2
  2. Elementary I and II of a second language
  3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
1

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 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; (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP); 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 credit hours with general electives.

2

Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.


 
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4-5
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
Foreign Language 4-5
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Three
Foreign Language 3-5
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!CACM 11001 INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Foreign Language 3-5
College General Requirements 3
College General Requirements 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
CACM 31002 GENDER, POWER AND CONFLICT 3
CACM 31010 CONFLICT THEORY 3
CACM 32030 INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION (DIVG) 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
CACM 31003 NONVIOLENCE:THEORY AND PRACTICE 3
CACM 41010 RECONCILIATION VERSUS REVENGE:TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE (DIVG) (WIC) 3
Major Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Third Summer Term
CACM 35092 INTERNSHIP IN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (ELR) 3
 Credit Hours3
Semester Seven
CACM 48080 MEDIATION:THEORY AND TRAINING 3
Major Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Major Elective 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120