This minor provides students with the theory and skills to examine how and why conflicts occur and what can be done to mitigate their destructive aspects while reinforcing their constructive potential. Courses in the minor highlight relational, social, structural, and cultural factors that influence conflict and its resolution. This minor engages students in understanding the complexity of contemporary issues and problems and can be applied to many fields of study or professional careers.


Advisors help students create a course of study that meets their interests and career goals. All majors and minors are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor who will help students develop and follow a coherent plan of study and complete the degree in a timely manner.


This minor is open to all undergraduate students.


Students pursuing this minor must complete 15 credits of coursework in conflict analysis and resolution with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor.  For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: CONF

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Core Courses

CONF 101Conflict and Our World (Mason Core)3
or CONF 210 Theories of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
CONF 300Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice3
Select one from the following:3
Culture, Identity, and Conflict
Interpersonal Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Community, Group, and Organizational Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Mason Core)
Total Credits9

CONF Selective Courses

Select six conflict analysis and resolution (CONF) credits from core, elective and special topic courses6
Total Credits6