The world is becoming increasingly connected and the ability to create and maintain cross-cultural connections is more important than ever. As the effects of violence and conflict are felt throughout the global community, we are seeing more and more opportunities for collaboration, problem solving, and peacebuilding in local communities and across international barriers. To prepare our students to make cross-cultural connections, Bachelor's of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Resolution students must demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language.

Concentrations

All conflict analysis and resolution majors choose an area of concentration from the following:

  • Building Peace in Divided Societies
  • Global Engagement
  • Political and Social Action
  • Justice and Reconciliation
  • Interpersonal Dynamics
  • Collaborative Leadership

Advising

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution advisors help students create an interdisciplinary course of study that meets their interests and career goals. All majors are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor from the School who will help students develop and follow a coherent plan of study and complete the degree in a timely manner.

Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Major Coursework Grade Requirement

Students cannot use more than 12 credits of coursework within the major with a C- or D grade to count towards the Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA. If a student receives C- or D grades in excess of the allowed number, they may retake courses to meet the major coursework grade requirement for graduation. Students taking a graduate course for undergraduate credit must achieve a grade of B- or higher for graduate course credits to count towards their undergraduate degree.

Transfer Students

For policies governing admission and requirements for students transferring from another college or university, see Undergraduate Admission Policies - Transfer.

Banner Code: CA-BA-CONF

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees as stated in Academic Policies including all Mason Core requirements. Students majoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution must also complete the college-level requirements for foreign language proficiency as well as 51 major requirement credits for the BA degree.

Students pursuing a double major/degree with a program outside of the S-CAR undergraduate program will be expected to fulfill all of the Mason Core and college requirements necessary to complete the second major. Please check with the second major department concerning additional requirements.

Required Core Courses

CONF 101Conflict and Our World (Mason Core)3
CONF 210Theories of Conflict Analysis and Resolution3
CONF 300Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice3
CONF 301Research and Inquiry in Conflict Resolution3
CONF 302Culture, Identity, and Conflict3
CONF 320Interpersonal Conflict Analysis and Resolution3
CONF 330Community, Group, and Organizational Conflict Analysis and Resolution3
CONF 340Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution3
CONF 490RS: Integration (Mason Core)3
Total Credits27

Field Experience

Students can choose to fulfill this requirement through an internship, service learning, study abroad, or independent study.

Students may not be approved for field experience until they have earned at least 30 credits. It is recommended that students complete at least nine credits of conflict coursework before applying for field experience credit. Prior approval by the Director of Field Experience is required for students to receive credit through any field experience options. Students interested in trips with S-CAR can find information at scar.gmu.edu/field-experience. Students interested in study abroad through the Center for Global Education can find information at globaled.gmu.edu. Please contact an S-CAR advisor with questions or for information on the opportunities, policies, and procedures for field experience credit.

Select a minimum of three credits from the following:3
Internship Field Experience
Special Programs Field Experience
International Field Experience
Service Learning Intensive
Independent Research in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Total Credits3

Skills and Practice

This three credit requirement can be fulfilled by taking:

  1. an additional 3 credits of field experience, OR
  2. a foreign language course at the 250 level or higher, OR
  3. one of the 3 credit courses or three of the 1 credit courses listed below:
Select one of these 3 credit courses:3
Dialogue and Difference
Special Topics in Advanced Techniques and Practices
Or select three of these 1 credit skills courses:
Special Topics in Practice
Advising Seminar for Conflict Majors
Simulation in Community and Organizational Conflict Resolution
Simulation in Global Conflict Resolution
Independent Research in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Total Credits3

Courses may NOT double count for the concentration requirement and the skills and practice requirement.

Concentrations

There are six concentrations.

To fulfill the concentration requirement students select six concentration courses. Four of those six courses must be taken from within their chosen concentration. The remaining two concentration courses may be taken from any of the concentration course lists. Special topics courses relevant to the concentration and/or courses that provide regional expertise can be substituted with departmental approval. Students are encouraged to check special topics courses each semester and think creatively about the applicability of courses that support learning in their chosen concentration. At least two of the six concentration courses must be CONF courses.  Courses may not double count for the concentration requirement and the skills and practice requirement.

Concentration in Building Peace in Divided Societies (BPDS)

Focuses on how divided societies with a history of conflict seek to transform relationships and situations of violence and injustice. Examines communities and societies that have experienced conflict and how individuals and groups build peace locally and globally.

Select at least four of the six concentration courses from the following:12
Dialogue and Difference
Building Peace in Divided Societies
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Globalization and Culture
Economics of Developing Areas (Mason Core)
Sustainable Development
Diplomacy
The Civil War and Reconstruction
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Social Structure and Globalization (Mason Core)
Total Credits12

Concentration in Global Engagement (GLBE)

Focuses on studying the dynamics and impact of global conflict resolution. Examines domestic and international dimensions of security, state-to-state conflict, internal wars, terrorism, migration, negotiation, and diplomacy. Explores what can be done to reduce violent conflict and increase peace and security.

Select at least four of the six concentration courses from the following:12
Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security, and Justice
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
International Economic Policy
Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries
Political Geography
Sustainable Development
International Relations Theory
Diplomacy
International Law and Organization
Refugee and Internal Displacement
Violence and Religion
Total Credits12

Concentration in Political and Social Action (PSA)

Focuses on the ways that people organize themselves to effect change in their societies. This concentration explores social action, social organization, social movements, and civil resistance to analyze and investigate the role of constructive conflict.

Select at least four of the six concentration courses from the following:12
Human Rights and Inequality
Rhetoric of Social Movements and Political Controversy (Mason Core)
Economic Problems and Public Policies (Mason Core)
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Public Policy Making
Social Movements and Community Activism
Environmental Justice
Social Justice and Human Rights
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Political Protest
Power, Politics, and Society
Social Problems and Solutions (Mason Core)
Total Credits12

Concentration in Justice and Reconciliation (JRCN)

Focuses on the-relationships between human rights, justice, and conflict resolution. Encompasses a spectrum of coursework including legal dimensions of human rights, trauma, memory, healing, conflict transformation, and forms of restorative justice.

Select four of the six concentration courses from the following:12
Human Rights and Inequality
Building Peace in Divided Societies
Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice
Crime Victims and Victimization
Family Law and the Justice System
Law and Justice
Conflict, Trauma and Healing
Social Justice and Human Rights
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Total Credits12

Concentration in Interpersonal Dynamics (INTD)

Focuses on the dynamics of social interaction that lead to interpersonal conflict and the processes and skills that support the transformation of these conflicts. Issues examined include intercultural communication, psychology of groups, family relationships, and other dimensions of human relations.

Select four of the six concentration courses from the following:12
Dialogue and Difference
Mediating Conflict
Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
Issues in Family Relationships
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (Mason Core)
Science of Well Being
The Psychology of Working in Groups and Teams
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life
Contemporary Gender Relations
Total Credits12

Concentration in Collaborative Leadership (CLDR)

Focuses on improving the capacity of leaders to work with conflict and manage change. Includes topics in conflict transformation, mediation, dialogue, and organizational leadership.

Select four of the six concentration courses from the following:12
Dialogue and Difference
Small Group Communication
Organizational Communication
Administration in the Political System
The Nonprofit Sector
Ethics and Leadership
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Leadership and Outdoor Education
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology of Creativity and Innovation
Total Credits12

Individualized Concentration (IND)

Students interested in creating their own concentration can work with an advisor to decide upon a set of at least six courses that form a cohesive theme and will fulfill the requirements of the BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Individualized concentrations must be approved by the Director of the Undergraduate Program

Foreign Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language. This requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing a course in a foreign language course numbered 202, 209, or 210 (or higher level courses taught in the language) or achieving a satisfactory score on a university approved foreign language proficiency test. Students who are already proficient in a second language may be eligible for a waiver of this requirement.

Writing-Intensive Requirement

All Mason students are required to complete at least one course designated as "writing intensive" in their major at the 300-level or above. CONF 302 Culture, Identity, and Conflict has been designated "writing intensive."

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3-7
Core Requirements
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone3
Total Credits40
1

minimum 3 credits

Electives

Remaining credits needed to bring the degree total to 120 may be fulfilled with general elective courses. Up to 3 credits of Recreation (RECR) activity courses may be taken as general elective credits.

Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA or BS/Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Accelerated MS

Overview

The Accelerated Master's is designed for highly qualified and motivated undergraduate students majoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. If accepted, students may take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before undergraduate degree conferral and will be able to earn the Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA or BS and the Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS after satisfactory completion of 155 credits. The time period for the combined program is typically five years. It provides a streamlined MS application process with no additional application fee.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For additional application requirements and information specific to the accelerated Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS, see Eligibility, Policies, and Deadlines on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

  • During the first semester of senior year, after completing 90 hours of undergraduate coursework, admitted students may take up to 6 credits (1-2 classes) that will count towards both their undergraduate AND graduate degrees. During the second semester of senior year, students may take up to 6 credits (1-2 classes) that will count towards the graduate degree only.
  • At the beginning of the last semester of undergraduate study, the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree they are admitted to graduate status.
  • Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree and will be expected to complete all remaining graduate program requirements within five years.
  • Additional policies can be found on the program website.

GPA Requirements

  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.25 or higher at the time of application.
  • No grade below a B is permitted for any undergraduate or graduate CONF course taken after application to the accelerated master's program until completion of the undergraduate program.
  • If a student receives a grade below a B in any CONF course after acceptance in the program, they will not be allowed to continue on to the master's program. Students that have received a grade below a B in a CONF course after acceptance into the program may re-apply to the master's program after conferral of the undergraduate degree however; re-application does not guarantee admission.
  • At the time of the undergraduate degree conferral, students' GPAs must meet the standard required for admission to the master's degree.

Course Criteria

  • Students may only take courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application and approved by an academic advisor.
  • Students may not take more than 12 credits a semester if taking two graduate courses or 15 credits a semester if taking one graduate course.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Religion, Culture, and Values Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in selected majors (see below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in religion, culture, and values. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in religion, culture, and values after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

If the student has not majored in religious studies, it is preferred, though not required, that the student have a minor in religious studies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all coursework. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

Select two from the following:6
Approaches to the Study of Religion
Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality
World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue
Ethical Perspectives of World Religions
World Religions in Transition and Transformation
Religion and the Natural Environment
Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture
Total Credits6

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Approaches to the Study of Religion
Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality
World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue
Ethical Perspectives of World Religions
World Religions in Transition and Transformation
Religion and the Natural Environment
Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture
Total Credits6

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Social Justice and Human Rights Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in select majors (listed below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social justice and human rights. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn an undergraduate degree in their chosen major and a master's in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social justice and human rights after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

Anthropology, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Sociology, English, History, Philosophy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Psychology, Government and International Politics, Integrative Studies, and Communication.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete INTS 540 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights and one course chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit (chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights). These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the program. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Select up to 6 credits from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights6
Total Credits6

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Women and Gender Studies Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in select majors may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in women and gender studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in women and gender studies after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometime within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

AnthropologySociologyEnglishHistoryPhilosophyConflict Analysis and ResolutionPsychologyGovernment and International Politics, and Communication.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see http://mais.gmu.edu/programs/la-mais-isin/application on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

Select two from the following:6
Special Topics
Feminist Approaches to Social Research
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines
Women and Global Issues
Total Credits6

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Special Topics
Feminist Approaches to Social Research
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines
Women and Global Issues
Total Credits6

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.