Conflict Management Minor

Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense

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401 Hamilton Hall, CB# 3200

(919) 962-3093

Shai Tamari, Program Advisor

Professor Wayne Lee, Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Luke Morgan, Student Services Manager

The study of Conflict Management is the study of human behavior during disputes, including the causes of conflict, techniques for dealing with disputes, and strategies for achieving a resolution that satisfy one’s interests and preserve relationships.  People often assume that these skills are acquired during a lifetime by simply experiencing conflict, but that is not necessarily the case. We can spend our entire lives moving from one conflict to another - at home, at school, or at work – simply repeating the same ineffective responses without realizing opportunities for, and methods to achieve, successful outcomes. The minor in conflict management aspires to provide students with a theoretical framework, habits of mind and tangible skills, in areas such as negotiation, mediation, voice training, language, ethics, psychology, and neuroscience, among other fields. In addition, the minor aims to provide a better understanding of the world we live in and the conflicts that surround us by studying domestic and international conflicts, both past and current. The minor’s goal is to allow students to become better conflict managers and thus better citizens of the world.

The minor is open to all undergraduate students.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Practical-based courses (select three)9
Leading and Managing: An Introduction to Organizational Behavior
Negotiations (BUSI 405 prerequisite, 1.5 credits) 1
Groups and Teams in Organizations (BUSI 405 prerequisite, 1.5 credits) 1
Voice Training I
Building A Persuasive Persona Under Pressure
Social Relations in the Workplace
Language and Power
Language in Politics
Practical Ethics H
Negotiation and Mediation: The Practice of Conflict Management
International Conflict Processes
International Conflict Management and Resolution H
Leadership in Violence Prevention for Peer Educators
Human behavior and brain function (select one)3
Introduction to Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology 2, H
Social Psychology 2, H
Human Memory 2
Theoretical, Empirical Perspectives on Personality 2
Popularity, Friendship, and Peer Relations 2
Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination 2
Attitude Change 2
Practical Wisdom from Advanced Social Psychology 2
The Social Psychology of Self-Regulation 2
Domestic- and internationally-related courses (select one)3
Cracking India: Partition and Its Legacy in South Asia
Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music
The Global Cold War
The Conflict over Israel/Palestine
War and Society in Early Modern Europe
History of France and Algeria
Fascist Challenge in Europe, 1918-1945
The History of the Civil Rights Movement
Human Rights in the Modern World H
The Middle East and the West
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1900
Crisis and Change in Russia and Eastern Europe
Terrorism and International Peace
Conflict and Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia H
Religion and Violence
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

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