Conflict Management Minor

Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense

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Shai Tamari, Program Advisor

Navin Bapat, 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 "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

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

Core Requirements
PSYC 101General Psychology3
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
Communicating Under Pressure: Tools for Effective Communication
An Examination of Quality and the Pursuit of Betterness 4
Individuals, Families, and Communities in Diverse Contexts 4
Introduction to Leadership and Group Dynamics 5
Social Relations in the Workplace
Language and Power
Language in Politics
How to Reason and Argue: An Introduction to Critical Thinking 3
Practical Ethics: Moral Reasoning and How We Live 3, H
Morality and Business 3
Internal and Interpersonal Conflict Management
Legislative Procedure in Congress
International Conflict Processes
International Conflict Management and Resolution H
Social and Economic Justice, Experiential Education
Social and Economic Justice
Social Movements
Political Sociology
Leadership in Violence Prevention for Peer Educators
Select one course from either human behavior and brain function OR domestic- and internationally-related course list3
Human Behavior and Brain Function
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
Cracking India: Partition and Its Legacy in South Asia H
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 H
Human Rights in the Modern World H
The Middle East and the West
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1900
Analysis of National Security Policy
The Politics of Russia and Eurasia H
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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