Conflict Studies Minor

Coordinator Joanna Kirk (Wadsworth 13C): Drop-in office hours:

  • Tuesday 2:30-4:00 PM
  • Thursday 1:30-3:00 PM

Note: Please email ( only if you cannot make any of the above times. Otherwise, drop by during the periods listed here.

 About the Minor: This minor is intended for students entering careers or graduate programs related to conflict resolution, conflict management, peace, government, law, and related areas. Both interpersonal and inter-group conflict are important, and can include conflict related to business, education, inter- and intra-state relations, families, friendships, group membership, politics, the judicial system, and other arenas. Students should emerge from the minor with a broad understanding of the causes of conflict and of the management of conflict. Students should also emerge with more in-depth knowledge in one particular area of conflict management.

Some of the classes in the minor may have been added to the minor after your arrival at Geneseo. If so, you will also need a waiver from Prof Kirk, and should request one indicating that you wish this particular class to count. The same goes for all slot or experimental classes (generallly numbered 288 or 388). To get a waiver, email with your full name, your G#, the course for which you seek a waiver (prefix, number and title), and the track to which you seek to apply this course. This should be AFTER completion of the course unless you are in your final semester at Geneseo (in which case you need to indicate this).


Total Credits Required 21 credits
I. Basic Requirements 3 credits
COMN 346: Conflict, Negotiation, & Mediation OR
PLSC 140: S/International Politics OR
SOCL 241: S/Individual and Society

II. Concentration Requirements (See Concentration descriptions below) 9 credits
Students should select one of the following tracks designed to familiarize them
with a specific area of conflict management.

III. Electives: 9 credits
In addition to three courses in the area of concentration, students must complete
one course from each of the other three concentration tracks in this minor.

Each course may apply only once to the minor.
At least 9 credits must be unique to the minor.
Students must take courses from at least three different prefixes, including at least two different prefixes within their chosen Concentration.
Students must apply a minimum of two 300-level courses, and may apply maximum two 100-level courses, toward the minor.
*Students need to complete prerequisites for courses marked with asterisks below.

Concentration Descriptions:

A. Global Perspectives on Conflict: This track is designed to give students a global or international and cross-cultural perspective on why conflict occurs, how conflict is resolved, and the consequences of conflict on a large scale.
ANTH 120 S/Language and Culture
ANTH 216 S/M/The African Diaspora
COMN 317 Intercultural Communication*
ENGL 360 M/Post-Colonial Literature*
GEOG 123 S/M/The Developing World
GEOG 376 Political Geography*
HIST 205 The World Since 1945
PHIL 201 Environmental Ethics
PLSC 227 Civil War and Conflict Resolution
PLSC 228 S/M/Developing World Politics
PLSC 241 Politics of Genocide
PLSC 340 International Law and Organization*
PLSC 341 Democracy and International Relations*
PLSC 342 Human Rights in a Global Perspective*
PLSC 347 Terrorism and National Security*
PLSC 351 Failed States*
PSYC 385 M/Cross-Cultural Psychology*
SOCL 105 S/M/Introduction to Global Social Change
SOCL 218 Sociology of Environmental Issues
SOCL 325 Global Social Change*
SOCL 340 Social Movements*

B. Power Issues and Conflict: This track provides a psychological, political and legal exploration of conflict emerging from the use and abuse of power between and among people and various social systems. Inequality Courses examine inequality, oppression, and conflict stimulated by majority-dominated structures.
ANTH 318 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
ECON 3XX (number TBD): Women and the Economy* (requires waiver, see above)
ENGL 318 Literature and Culture*

HIST 250 S/U/Work and Workers in Modern America
HIST 264 S/U/United States Immigration History
HIST 266 S/U/Civil Rights Movement in America
HIST 267 S/U/Women and US Social Movements
HIST 407 Slave Rebellions and Resistance in the Atlantic World*
HIST 413 Black Power and Structural Inequality in Post-1945*
HIST 453 The Holocaust in Historical Perspective*
PHIL 204 Philosophy of Woman
PLSC 250 Women and Politics
PSYC 308 Psychology of Women
SOCL 201 Black Women in American Society
SOCL 220 U/Inequality, Class and Poverty
SOCL 225 Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
SOCL 230 S/U/Race and Ethnicity
SOCL 317 Gender and Law*
SOCL 354 Political Sociology*
WGST 100 Introduction to Women’s Studies
WGST 310 Race, Class and Gender
WGST 320 Gender and Sexualities

C. Applied Conflict Management: This track is designed for students who wish to become more proficient in the practice of conflict management and resolution techniques in various social settings.
AMST 262 S/American Indian Law & Public Policy (cross-listed with HIST 262)
ANTH 120 S/Language and Culture
COMN 211 Discussion and Group Dynamics
COMN 212 Theory and Practice of Argument
COMN 213 Persuasion and Social Influence
COMN 317 Intercultural Communication*
COMN 346 Conflict, Negotiation and Mediation*
ENVR 124 S/Environmental Issues
GEOG 274 Conservation and Resource Management
PHIL 201 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 217 Problems in the Philosophy of Law
PHIL 219 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 237 Ethical Issues in Business
PLSC 218 Politics of the Judicial Process
PLSC 227 Civil War and Conflict Resolution
PLSC 315 Legislative Process*
PSYC 265 Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology*
PSYC 350 Social Psychology
SOCL 102 S/Introduction to Social Problems and Public Policy
SOCL 310 Sociology of Law
SOCL 317 Gender and Law*
SOCL 347 Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency*

D. Social Conflict in the United States: This track focuses on tension in the United States created by struggles between various political and social groups endemic to American society.
AMST 262 S/American Indian Law & Public Policy (cross-listed with HIST 262)
COMN 355 Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech
ENGL 337 African-American Literature *
GEOG 274 Conservation and Resource Management*
HIST 161 S/U/Issues in American History I
HIST 162 S/U/Issues in American History II
HIST 163 S/U/African American History to 1877
HIST 164 S/U/African American History from 1877
HIST 204 S/U/U.S. Since 1945
HIST 249 S/U/Studies in American History
HIST 250 S/U/Work and Workers in Modern America
HIST 263 S/U/Civil War and Reconstruction: The United States 1848-1877
HIST 264 S/U/United States Immigration History
HIST 266 S/U/Civil Rights Movement in America
HIST 267 S/U/Women and US Social Movements
HIST 406 Age of the American Revolution*
HIST 412 African Americans in the Age of Jim Crow*
HIST 413 Black Power and Structural Inequality in Post-1945*
PLSC 211 U/Political Parties and Interest Groups
PLSC 315 Legislative Process*
PLSC 316 Political Power in American Cities*
SOCL 201 Black Women in American Society