The study of conflict is a study of ourselves and our relation to others at interpersonal, group, and societal levels. The conflict studies minor and certificate program offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the theory and practice of conflict analysis and response at these various levels and in various settings. The program is designed to complement a range of academic majors.
Students will be challenged to understand the context, nature, and dynamics of conflict; to address the natural tensions between concerns for justice and concerns for peace; and to develop an appreciation for the challenges of constructive conflict resolution. More specifically, students who complete a minor or certificate in conflict studies will be able to (1) analyze specific cases of conflict using multiple disciplinary frameworks; (2) generate and evaluate multiple responses to cases of conflict; and (3) integrate concerns for social justice, diversity, and peace in conflict responses generated.
Conflict studies program co-directors: Ken Fox and Colleen Bell
As an interdisciplinary program, conflict studies draws its faculty from the various departments and disciplines at Hamline University. Core faculty (that is, those who regularly teach required courses) are Ken Fox and Colleen Bell.