Conflict Management Minor

Conflict Management Fundamentals

With a curriculum jointly administered by the departments of Political Science and Sociology, students will take an interdisciplinary approach to learning how to more effectively transform, prevent, resolve, or reduce the harms associated with conflict in our lives— from interpersonal to international. 

Coursework addresses:

  • Conflict transformation
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Conflict displacement and reframing
  • Conflict styles
  • Appreciating and honoring alternative perspectives

Our Faculty

Our center is run by our Faculty Advisor Council and director. Each student pursuing a minor or certificate in conflict management has a faculty mentor. Our Faculty Advisory Council includes the following UA professors:

  • Carolyn Behrman, anthropology                                
  • Kathy Feltey, sociology                                              
  • Jim Slowiak, theatre                                                   
  • Bill Lyons, political science and center director
  • Matt Lee, sociology
  • Mary Biddinger, English
  • Donna Webb, art

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research and Real-World Experience

Students pursuing a minor or certificate in conflict transformation complete either an internship or service learning project in collaboration with one or more of our faculty mentors. Our students conduct Story Circles, provide conflict transformation training, or other services as a part of their own research and educational development. They have worked in a variety of locations, including:

  • area battered women’s shelters
  • public libraries
  • the Akron Urban League
  • elementary schools 


Sample Curriculum


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