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There has been a real growth in the establishment of non-profit organizations that use ‘sport for development’, sport to bring diverse communities together and also ‘sport for peace’ organizations in high conflict areas of the world. This minor will help prepare students to work for organizations dedicated to using sports for development, community building and peace. It provides students with a cross section of courses in sports management and conflict resolution. Courses in sports management frame the sports industry in a philosophical, ethical, cultural and business context. Conflict resolution courses will introduce students to foundational concepts in the study of human conflict, the analysis of conflict and problem solving techniques for helping to resolve conflict. 

This is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism.


This minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: SCNR

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Required Courses

SPMT 201Introduction to Sport Management3
SPMT 302Philosophical and Ethical Dimensions of Sport3
SPMT 304Sport, Culture, and Society3
CONF 101Conflict and Our World (Mason Core)3
CONF 300Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice3
Total Credits15

Elective Courses

Choose one of the following:3
Culture, Identity, and Conflict
Building Peace in Divided Societies
Total Credits3