Dispute Resolution Minor & Certificate

The Dispute Resolution Minor and Dispute Resolution Certificate allows students to learn about the causes, complex dynamics, escalation, de-escalation, and constructive resolution of conflicts in various contexts, from the interpersonal to the international levels. Students also gain knowledge and techniques necessary to negotiate, facilitate, and mediate various situations.

The Dispute Resolution coursework will be invaluable for students in their personal lives, at work and graduate school, especially for those who enter professions like law, social work, business, etc., where sorting through conflicts is essential.

Learning objectives. Upon completion of the Dispute Resolution Minor or Dispute Resolution Certificate, students will:

  • Recognize the causes of conflict
  • Understand the dynamics and progression of conflict
  • Think more critically about how to process conflict situation
  • Utilize dispute resolution techniques and skills needed to negotiate, facilitate, and mediate in a variety of contexts

Additionally, upon completing the Certificate, the students will have a deeper understanding of conflict and its resolution. They can apply the skills and knowledge practiced during their internship experience.

Matriculated students who complete this certificate program receive a certificate in dispute resolution from John Jay College, authorized by the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York and the New York State Department of Education, upon successfully completing coursework and a practicum.

Please note: Students cannot earn both the minor and the certificate in Dispute Resolution.

RationaleThe Certificate Program and the Minor in Dispute Resolution enhance a student’s undergraduate portfolio, regardless of major. Students will acquire a solid understanding of conflict, its causes, progression, complexity, and management. For students who cannot complete the 21-credit certificate program, the 18-credit will still allow them to deepen their critical understanding of conflict. Understanding and managing conflict should be a core study area for all students in a global community. The Dispute Resolution Certificate Program and Minor at John Jay College offer undergraduate students a unique opportunity unavailable at most colleges and universities.

For more information on the Dispute Resolution Certificate at John Jay, contact mvolpe@jjay.cuny.edu.