The primary focus of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at American University is its extensive and well-regarded graduate programs. The university does, however, offer a joint B.A./M.A. program to outstanding undergraduates enrolled in the School for International Studies. This program allows undergraduates to earn graduate credits and move directly to the master’s program, which they can then complete in a shorter amount of time than otherwise.
The International Peace and Conflict Resolution program is “concerned with understanding the causes of war and organized violence, developing strategies for resolving conflict, and constructing conditions for peace.” A significant aspect of the program’s commitment to peace is the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, the “first chair endowed at any university in the United States that is devoted to the study of Islam and peace.”
The International Peace and Conflict Resolution program offers concentrations in Applied Conflict Resolution; Human Rights; Identity and Culture; International Negotiation; Peacebuilding; Regional Concentration; Research and Policy; and a Self-Designed Concentration.