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Program Requirements

Students who complete the requirements for a certificate in conflict transformation studies will examine the theory, analysis, history, culture, and transformational processes involved in conflict situations, justice, and peace building, from interdisciplinary and faith-based perspectives.

Certificate Program Admittance Requirements

In order to be admitted to the certificate program, students must meet these criteria:

  • Have completed 44 semester hours (sh) of undergraduate coursework
  • Pass Introduction to Conflict Transformation (CTS 3000/5000) with a grade of B– or better
  • Complete a written application and interview with two members of the program advisory council
  • Demonstrate a high level of maturity and leadership

Certificate Requirements

24 semester hours (sh) with coursework in at least three disciplines, not including the CTS introduction and internship credits

  • Introduction (4 sh) — CTS 3000/5000
  • Conflict Theory, Analysis, History, and Culture (8 sh) — Choose from AS 2530 or 2540, COMM 2350 or 3910 (specific topics only), ENG 3260, SOC 3310, SPAN 3910 (specific topics only)
  • Training (4 sh) — Choose from EDUC 5020, SBNM 5040 or 5041, MNST 6272 or 7190
  • Religion and Conflict (4 sh) — BTS 2700 or 2710, SPFM 7205, THEO 7190
  • Internship (4 sh) — CTS 4970/5970
Notes:
  • Requirements for the certificate include both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Your advisor for the certificate program will help you choose courses that best fit your goals.

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions of all conflict transformation studies courses.

You should consult the Africana studies, communication studies, English, sociology, Spanish, education, business, ministry, biblical and theological studies, spiritual formation, and theology pages for course descriptions for the interdisciplinary requirements of this program.

For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

CTS 3000 – Introduction to Conflict Transformation
An introduction to conflict studies and the philosophy and practice of conflict transformation, this course begins with the premise that conflict is part of our daily lives-an important dynamic in personal growth and social transformation, as well a source of alienation, violence and war. The course examines major sources of conflict, introduces a range of conflict management and conflict transformation processes, including active listening and communication, storytelling, mediation, negotiation, role playing and forgiveness, helps students assess their own approach to conflict, and offers resources for faith-based approaches to conflict transformation. Required for admission to the CTS Certificate Program and upper-level CTS courses.

CTS 3910 – Topics in Conflict Transformation
Seminars, study trips and/or service-learning experiences which examine particular figures or topics in conflict transformation studies, such as Violence, Peacemaking, and the World's Religions: A Travel Course to The 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions(Barcelona, Spain); and Dag Hammarskjold, Spirituality and Peacemaking

CTS 3920 – Topics in Graduate Studies Topics in Conflict Transformation
Undergraduate registration for graduate courses in the CTS program. Students must present an add/drop form to the records office with signatures from the coordinator of the CTS advisory council and the director of the school in which the course is offered.

CTS 4970 – Internship in Conflict Transformation
Working with the advisor from the CTS program, students will arrange an internship which provides a sense of community and an extended experience with the conflict analysis and transformation processes. Students will be expected to integrate CTS theory and practice, including: description of concrete experience; reflection on the experience; generalizations (relating reflections to learnings from the CTS program and the learnings from the experience itself); and a statement of how the student will change behavior and attitudes (a meta-analysis).

CTS 5000 – Introduction to Conflict Transformation
An introduction to conflict studies and the philosophy and practice of conflict transformation, this course begins with the premise that conflict is part of our daily lives-an important dynamic in personal growth and social transformation, as well a source of alienation, violence and war. The course examines major sources of conflict, introduces a range of conflict management and conflict transformation processes, including active listening and communication, storytelling, mediation, negotiation, role playing and forgiveness, helps students assess their own approach to conflict, and offers resources for faith-based approaches to conflict transformation. Required for admission to the CTS Certificate Program and upper-level CTS courses.