Required Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Conflict

The following are the required and elective courses options for the Graduate Certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. Note that hours may double-count towards a master's degree (with advisor permission) and that there are additional elective options based on a student's area of study. 

Required courses--16 hours total

Theory/Research core (6 hours)

  • COM 611 (3 hours): Conflict and Communication
  • COM 621 (3 hours): Communication, Mediation and Negotiation

Internship experience (1 hour)

Students in this program select a 1-credit hour of internship experience that directly relates to conflict and its application in professional settings. The CDR offers a variety of internship opportunities every semester, and students may choose to take part in one or more of these internship opportunities through the CDR, or they may locate their own outside internship position. 

Students may complete the required 1 hour internship experience at any point in their program and may do so in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Students completing the internship course take part in an internship orientation session (scheduled in the first week of the semester) at which time the Program Director Dr. Charlene Berquist outlines the available internship options being offered by the CDR that semester. Dr. Berquist also describes the requirements for the internship course at this orientation session. 

To request permission to enroll in the required internship experience for the conflict certificate, please contact Dr. Charlene Berquist

Electives (9 hours)

Students may select three courses that examine conflict in a particular context (e.g., within families, organizations, etc.). Possible courses includes the following:

  • COM 607 (3 hours):  Family Communication
  • COM 617 (3 hours): Communication and Diversity in the Workplace
  • COM 619 (3 hours): Ethical Issues in Communication
  • COM 722 (3 hours):  Argumentation as Communication
  • COM 724 (3 hours): Theories of Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 732 (3 hours): Theories and Concepts of Small Group Communication OR
  • PSY 678 (3 hours): Group Processes
  • PSY 718 (3 hours): Organizational Psychology OR
  • COM 736 (3 hours): Concepts and Analysis of Communication in Organizations
  • LAW 600 (3 hours): Legal Environment for Business Managers
  • PHI 613 (3 hours): Bioethics
  • PSY 761 (3 hours): Ethical and Professional Issues
  • PSY 680 (3 hours):  Social Psychology
  • PLS 692 (3 hours): Civil Rights and Liberties in the American Constitutional System
  • EAD 664 (3 hours): Human Relations and Collaborative Processes
  • EAD 761 (3 hours): Human Relations
  • EAD 785 (3 hours): Legal and Ethical Contexts of Schooling
  • RIL 631 (3 hours): Labor Law and Employment Discrimination
  • SWK 741(3 hours): Family Health and Family Violence