Academic Programs in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
Interested in graduate studies in peacemaking and conflict?
Academic programs in peacemaking and conflict studies at Fresno Pacific University are based on the assumption that all humans experience conflict and can benefit from learning about conflict and peacemaking. To make such learning accessible to as many students as possible, a variety of curricular structures are used, including the single course, focus series (mini-concentration in the undergraduate general education program), concentrations, minor, graduate certificates, and a full MA program. In addition, linkages between peacemaking/conflict studies and a variety of other program areas have been developed at both the undergraduate and graduate levels so that students can incorporate this study into their home disciplines.
A mediation practicum is offered to both undergraduate and graduate students in cooperation with the local community Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP). Peacemaking and conflict studies academic programs are part of the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Science. We also offer a cooperative program with San Joaquin College of Law in which the student simultaneously earns the M.A. from PACS and the J.D. from SJCL. View our shared brochure.
We have 30 or so graduate students at various stages of preparedness in our MA program at any given time. They will have over 2,000 hours of classroom and practical training by the time they are done. Our faculty is made up of professional mediators and facilitators who actively seek contracts for services. Our students come along to assist as they are able. Most graduates have hundreds of hours of real mediation and facilitation under their belts before graduation. We offer training in nuanced skills unavailable anywhere else. Our faculty members regularly present at national conferences and publish in respected journals and textbooks. Our program is practitioner focused, but has also sent students on to Ph.D. work.
One-Course Introduction (one of the following two courses)
Certificate programs combine core studies in conflict management and peacemaking with an emphasis in a particular area. Several of the certificate programs may overlap with other graduate programs (e.g. School Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking with the graduate program in school counseling, school psychology, and administrative services; and Workplace Conflict Management and Peacemaking with the graduate program in administrative leadership.) Working in cooperation with other academic programs enables students in a variety of disciplines to learn about conflict and peacemaking. Graduate certificate programs are available with the following emphases:
The MA degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies combines core studies and a project/thesis with emphases in the following areas:
Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Teaching Emphasis (37 units)
Students may elect to take a concentration in school conflict resolution and peacemaking in this graduate program preparing them for working with conflict in the school setting.
General Education Focus Series in Conflict and Peacemaking (8 units)
Each undergraduate student at Fresno Pacific selects a mini-concentration (6-8 units) called a Focus Series as part of the general education program. Studies in Conflict and Peacemaking is one of eight options. Courses required in this option are as follows:
Minor in Conflict and Peacemaking (6 courses, 17-18 units)
Students may build on the General Education Focus Series and complete a minor. The minor includes the following:
Courses to Complete the Minor
Concentration in Conflict and Peacemaking in the Liberal Studies Major
The Liberal Studies Major is required in California for entry into teacher education (elementary level). It is the largest major of the university. Each student in the major must choose one of several concentrations. The concentration in Conflict and Peacemaking requires the following:
Courses to Complete the Concentration
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I'm glad I got to do this case and this class. I learned a great deal about resolving conflict and getting to the root of the problems. I also feel great in that a family that was fractured was now remolding and re-mending those mistakes. I can see how this concept can apply in all kinds of situations both on a grand scale and on a personal one. I wish I knew back in the day what I know now in conflict resolution. I could have avoided a great deal of hardship with family, co-workers, and the average little fires that seem to plague our daily lives. Even a strong willed, stubborn woman like [the one in my case] can fit into this process and find reconciliation.
The PACS program is designed to give you as much information about the field as possible while allowing the student to decide what techniques, styles and beliefs best suit them. I am very grateful for this!