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Why Study Conflict Transformation?

While conflict among people is a constant in our world, how we can best approach it is an evolving science. The study of conflict transformation will teach you critical skills to enable you to respond to conflict at many levels in a productive way. Along with studying the history and context of global conflicts, you’ll enhance your ability to listen, learn to conduct research and analysis, and gain more self-awareness in an effort to pursue creative, nonviolent approaches to help in conflict situations. This area of study will prepare you to work in community organizing, restorative justice, peacebuilding, violence reduction, environmental advocacy, law, criminal justice, psychotherapy, and more.

Conflict transformation class

Why North Park?

Conflict transformation is a program that deeply and uniquely connects to North Park’s Christian, urban, and intercultural distinctives. As part of a community that values the perspectives of all faiths and cultures, you’ll develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of religion and conflict in order to be part of a global conversation. Taking advantage of our Chicago surroundings, you’ll gain real-world experience with relevant topics through coursework, an internship, and a capstone project. You’ll study closely with peers and professors who share a deep desire to change the world. Conflict transformation majors will be equipped to be advocates for change across a range of issues and around the world.

Careers in Conflict Transformation

North Park's conflict transformation major began as a certification program., with graduates who now serve around the world in the following careers.

  • Development director at a community organization
  • Peace Corps volunteers
  • Mediator
  • Family therapist
  • Director of a mission organization
  • Teacher
  • Community organizer/activist
Conflict Transformation Coursework

Before choosing a specialty area, you'll gain a strong foundation in the major through the following courses:

  • Conflict and Community
  • Mediation
  • Performance and Social Change
  • International Conflict Transformation

Learn more about the courses and program requirements for this major.

Nick Jefferson
Alumni Profile

Nick Jefferson C’2012 serves as housing coordinator at the Albany Park Neighborhood Council (APNC) and works with a citywide coalition to change local housing policies to give renters more rights.

Learn more about Nick.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Mary Adams Trujillo believes that a combination of service, experiential learning, and cultural immersion helps students engage with the world, and she incorporates this into her classes. Learn more about Mary Trujillo.

Mary Trujillo, Communication Arts professor
Choose a Specialty

Grounded in a core set of theory courses, students in this major have the opportunity to specialize their studies in areas including interfaith dialogue, human rights, climate and environmental justice, art and social change, race and reconciliation, and more. Your advisor will help you choose courses across the University to fit a concentration area and prepare you for your future career or graduate school.

Beyond the Classroom

Enhance your classroom learning through service and extracurricular activities opportunities: