George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Minor

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Undergraduate Program

North East Module II

4400 University Drive, MS 2E5

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-4165


Program Overview

A great complement to any major, this interdisciplinary 15-credit minor equips students with knowledge and skills that can be applied to many fields of study or professional careers. Learn to identify and analyze sources of conflict, and apply conflict resolution theories to practical, real-world situations in your community, country, workplace, and personal life.

This minor provides students with the theory and skills to examine how and why conflicts occur and what can be done to mitigate their destructive aspects while reinforcing their constructive potential. Courses in the minor highlight relational, social, structural, and cultural factors that influence conflict and its resolution.

The conflict analysis and resolution minor is open to students in all academic programs, schools, and majors.

Admitted students interested in declaring a minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution are welcome to visit the S-CAR Undergraduate Advising Office located in the Northeast Module II.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Complete a minor in one semester by participating in our signature Peacebuilding Fellows program.

Gain Real World Experience

Develop in-demand job skills such as critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, creative problem solving, research and writing skills, interpersonal skills, and enhance your ability to work in teams.
Students apply their coursework to real-world experiences through internships and our signature Peacebuilding Fellows Program
Students participate in unique enrichment activities such as attending International Day of Peace at the United Nations and a simulation for World Refugee Day at the US State Department
100% of our graduates complete a field experience; 47% of the 2016 graduates completed more than one
Faculty-run centers like the Center for Narrative and the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, & Conflict Resolution offer students the opportunity to work and gain experience
Students engage in conflict resolution practice through faculty-led trips to Colombia, Syria, Liberia, and Indonesia.

Learn from the Leaders of Conflict Resolution

Our 20+ full time faculty work locally and globally with peace and conflict organizations on today’s most pressing conflicts
Our faculty regularly win grants to do important research in the field and are widely published, informing the study of Conflict Resolution in programs all over the world.
Faculty and students collaborate together to explore local peacebuilding, justice, genocide prevention, the understanding of narrative, identity, race, and culture and their relation to conflict
More than 60 part time and affiliated faculty bring professional expertise as practitioners that teach on the topics they are passionate about

Pursue a Career

Government and Security

  • Consolidated Analysis Centers, Inc., Intelligence and Research Analyst
  • U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Specialist
  • U.S. Department of Defense, Program Analyst
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Human Resources Specialist

Law and Advocacy

  • Old Dominion Court Services, Pretrial Services Officer & Investigator
  • Northern Virginia Mediation Services, Court Mediator Coordinator
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Civil Rights Lawyer
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Legislative Correspondent

Peacebuilding and Development

  • American Red Cross, Program Officer
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Managing Editor - Arab Reform Bulletin
  • UNICEF, Emergency Communication Specialist
  • United States Institute of Peace, Consultant


  • American University, Assistant Director for New Student Programs
  • City Year Washington, DC, Senior Civic Engagement Manager
  • District of Columbia Public Schools, Director of Business Operations
  • Louis Gregory Regional Training Institute, After School Youth Program Coordinator

Business and Consulting

  • Cutting Edge C.A., Business Services Manager
  • Etik, Founder and President
  • Hologram Industries, Regional Marketing Communications Coordinator
  • USI Insurance Services, Vice President, Sales