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 sport management and conflict resolution. Courses in sport 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 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution and the School of Sport, Recreation and Tourism Management.


This minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. 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 307Sport Diplomacy3
CONF 101Conflict and Our World (Mason Core)3
CONF 300Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice3
Total Credits12

Elective Courses

CONF 302Culture, Identity, and Conflict3
or CONF 435 Building Peace in Divided Societies
SPMT 302Philosophical and Ethical Dimensions of Sport3
or SPMT 304 Sport, Culture, and Society
Total Credits6