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Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies

The Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP offers students the opportunity to both study and promote conflict resolution in interpersonal, institutional, societal, and global contexts. Students in this program will explore the causes and consequences of various forms of violence, as well as the conditions of peace. In exploring peaceful alternatives to violence, they will learn to understand peace as a multifaceted vision for transformed human relations. In addition to gaining a more sophisticated understanding of peace and conflict, students will also learn about and practice the skills necessary for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

For a complete list of courses and requirements, download the Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP curriculum sheet (PDF).

Students must focus their work in at least two of the following categories:

  • Global Conflict Resolution
  • Institutional Conflict Resolution
  • Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
  • Societal Conflict Resolution


With 19 credit hours of coursework and Connecting Experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies.

Courses counting toward a BDP in Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies may also satisfy core, major, and elective requirements in a student’s degree plan. With planning, the BDP should not add time to students’ UT careers, but instead helps students choose the courses they already have to take in an integrated way.

Foundation Courses [four hours]

  • Forum Seminar
  • Additional Foundation Skills Course

Courses in a Strand [nine hours]

  • Global Conflict Resolution
  • Institutional Conflict Resolution
  • Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
  • Societal Conflict Resolution

Connecting Experiences [six hours]

All students must take CMS 371K: Practicum in Conflict Mediation or an approved alternative as one of your Connecting Experiences. For a second Connecting Experience, BDP advisors can assist students in finding meaningful connecting research and/or internship experiences related to Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies. For examples of Connecting Experiences Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies students have completed in the past, read these Connecting Experience spotlights.

Integration Essay

Students write a three-four page essay written at the end of the BDP experience, drawing together the different pieces of the BDP.

Faculty Panel

An interdisciplinary faculty panel guides students in choosing courses and identifying connecting research and internship experiences that allow them to explore issues related to conflict resolution and peace as they relate to their majors and career goals.