With courses drawn from more than 15 academic departments, the conflict studies program at DePauw University takes a broad approach to the study of different kinds of conflict, from the intrapersonal to the international levels. Conflict studies majors have significant freedom to choose their coursework, based on a learning contract students develop with their academic advisors early in the process. Each learning contract identifies two themes of study that a conflict studies major will pursue, such as international diplomacy and organizational conflict.
As seniors, conflict studies majors must take a seminar course that includes a significant research project. The topics of these senior seminars vary widely, depending on the instructor’s specialty and interests. DePauw also offers a five-course minor in conflict studies.
While the university maintains a nominal affiliation with the United Methodist Church, faith-based understandings of, or approaches to, the study of conflict are not an emphasis of the conflict studies program.
Dr. Brett O’Bannon