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Conflict Analysis and Intervention Studies

This concentration prepares students to analyze conflict interaction and explore various methods of formal and informal conflict intervention in interpersonal, workplace, legal, political, religious and intercultural contexts. Included among the conflict intervention processes studied are family therapy, community dialogue, negotiation and mediation.

A concentration in conflict analysis and intervention can prepare students for careers in human services, human resources, government, peacebuilding, conflict intervention and humanitarian agencies, and dispute resolution. It is also useful for students who wish to pursue the study of law or careers in business management, diplomacy and international relations. For further information, please visit: http://www.jmu.edu/commstudies/conflictanalysis/index.shtml.

In addition to the 12 hours of required communication studies courses, students studying conflict analysis and intervention must complete the following 18 hours from among the depth requirements (see courses below). Additionally, students are encouraged to enroll in an internship during their junior or senior year.

SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict


SCOM 332. Mediation


SCOM 334. Alternative Dispute Resolution


SCOM 385. Qualitative Communication Research Methods


SCOM 432. Senior Seminar in Conflict Analysis and Intervention


Choose one of the following:


SCOM/ANTH 305. Language and Culture


SCOM 333. Negotiation


SCOM 349. Ethnographic Approaches to Communication Studies


SCOM 354/WRTC 326. Environmental Communication and Advocacy


SCOM 371. Talking Through Tough Cases: Ethical Principles and Practices


SCOM 395. Study Abroad in Northern Ireland Seminar


SCOM 431. Legal Communication


SCOM 440. Family Communication




Nine additional hours of SCOM elective work must be completed to total 39 hours in the major. Three of these additional hours of SCOM elective work can be selected at the 200 level, but the other six hours must be at the 300 or 400 level and may include an internship.

The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Intervention is the hub for scholarly and applied activities on the JMU campus related to the study of conflict communication and intervention. It is also a founding member of the National Consortium of University Conflict Transformation Programs.

Students and faculty work together on Institute projects such as: Developing a clearinghouse of campus resources for people in conflicts; mediation training and certification; hosting conferences, training in dialogue facilitation; organizing and presenting dialogue workshops, public discussion forums and brown-bag lunch sessions; supporting undergraduate research projects; continuing the Annotated Bibliography project; sponsoring student memberships in the International Association for Conflict Resolution; providing information on internship opportunities; providing information about relevant graduate school programs, and supporting the
student organization.