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The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences has distinguished itself nationally and globally through its graduate and doctoral academic programs and community engagement initiatives on and off campus. We apply a holistic, relational perspective to the challenges facing individuals, families, organizations, communities, and nations. The following graduate programs are housed within NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department of Conflict Resolution Studies. Learn more about our programs, alumni and community engagement.
Graduate Degree Programs
Our students analyze the root causes of conflicts, and they learn how to apply constructive and creative interventions to resolve those conflicts—at the interpersonal, intergroup, and international level. We train the next generation of innovative scholars and practitioners in this diverse field, making sure they are equipped with the theoretical knowledge, skills, and real-world experience necessary to engage conflict at all levels and make a positive contribution to peace, justice, and collaborative processes.
The mission of the doctoral program is to advance the study and practice of conflict analysis and resolution by mentoring and developing practitioners trained in theory, practice, research, teaching, and informed leadership in the field. Students pursue an in-depth study in the field of conflict resolution while drawing from a variety of theoretical perspectives and the knowledge of an experienced, interdisciplinary faculty.
Graduate Certificate Programs
The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Conflict Resolution Practice offers students the fundamentals of applied conflict resolution and advanced training in the conflict resolution skill set. It is intended to meet the needs of those individuals who seek more expertise in conflict resolution and are mainly interested in becoming practitioners in the field. It may also be appropriate for professionals who have already earned a graduate degree in their professional area, but who would benefit from academic study of applications of conflict analysis and resolution in their current profession.
Research & Community Engagement
At the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies, our students and faculty have a shared commitment to the “scholarship of engagement,” working with community and organizational partners in the application of theory, research, and practice to address social problems. Here are a few of the ways in which we practice the scholarship of engagement.
Students and faculty with a shared interest collaborate on research and community engagement projects around specific topic areas.
- Africa Working Group
- Conflict Resolution Community of Practice Working Group
- Monitoring Issues of Central and South America (MI CASA) Research Group
- Peace and Conflict Resolution Education Working Group
- The Social Justice Roundtable
Faculty-led Research Projects
DCRS faculty are engaged in a wide array of research projects, and students are frequently involved as research assistants. Here are just a few recent projects:
- Developing collaborative processes for resolving conflict related to coastal water management issues
- The Ombudsperson in Federal Agencies’ Programs and Practices
- Teaching 9/11 in the Classroom
- Healthcare, Negotiation, and Power in Agate, Ghana: ‘All I Need is Help to do Well’
Community Resolution Services
Community Resolutions Services at Nova Southeastern University offers professional mediation and facilitation services, workshops, and conflict coaching, for individuals, families, groups, and organizations throughout South Florida. We also provide faculty and professional staff for consultation, presentations, and special projects.
Alumni Success Stories
Lisa McBride, Ph.D. | Class of 2007
Dr. Lisa McBride was recently named to the editorial board of INSIGHT Into Diversity. INSIGHT Into Diversity connects potential employees with institutions and businesses seeking a workforce more reflective of the community. It is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.
Gabrielle Grant, Ph.D. | Class of 2015
Gabrielle Grant is an alumni of the PhD program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Today she is quite busy, working in Cambodia on multiple projects utilizing her research skills, in particular qualitative research. She spent the first few months in the field working for Plan International evaluating a child rights program in rural Cambodian schools. Another project was evaluating the nutrition program in various orphanages in India. She is now working on a number of small projects for various international NGOs and Government Agencies
For more info on the programs within the Department of Conflict Studies here