Conflict Transformation Studies

Previously an undergraduate certificate option, Conflict Transformation studies is now available as an undergraduate major. More details and program requirements are coming soon.

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 the critical skills you need to respond to conflict in a productive way, and help make the world a more peaceful place. 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.

You will also learn the history and context of many global conflicts and about different processes like arbitration, negotiation, conflict management, and others. This area of study will prepare you to work in community development, peace building, justice and reconciliation, law, criminal justice, psychotherapy, and more.

Why Choose North Park?

Our major in conflict transformation deeply connects to North Park’s Christian, urban, and multicultural focuses. As a Christian community grounded in the gospels and with religious values rooted in social justice, we examine several international conflicts from a faith-based, interdisciplinary perspective and make intense use of the city. For example, our students learn about immigration issues by conducting personal interviews at a local neighborhood organization.

Courses draw from biblical and theological studies, sciences, literature, art, communication arts, Spanish, and others. We teach skill development, focus on the interplay of theory and practice, and require an internship. Placements vary depending on students’ interests. Recent students have held internships at Albany Park Neighborhood Council, World Relief, Marjorie Kovler Center, and more.

Course Areas

  • Introduction to Conflict Transformation
  • Conflict Theory, Analysis, History, and Culture
  • Training
  • Religion and Conflict
  • Internship

Learn more about the program requirements for this major.

Meet the Faculty

With a passion for justice and for using Chicago as an “extended classroom,” Professors Robert Hostetter and Mary Adams Trujillo each prepare students to examine and transform conflict on personal, local, and international levels.

Alumni Profile
Nick Jefferson

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.