HSS is the cornerstone of St. Mary's liberal arts and Marianist education. With more than 20 disciplines to choose from, this is the largest school on campus.
The Academic Certificate Program in Conflict Transformation, a nine-month, four-course program, provides participants with practical and creative peace-building approaches used to help transform conflict and heal divided societies in constructive and sustainable ways.
This innovative certificate is built around four courses designed to equip participants with dynamic and imaginative approaches to the constructive transformation of violent conflict within and between communities.
Through comprehensive online instruction and two collaborative weeks in Northern Ireland, this four-course certificate will emphasize the creative processes and structures of conflict transformation, proffering participants with theoretical and practical methods of identifying and responding to rival narratives — religious, ethnic, tribal, or otherwise — and destructive structures that stimulate and sustain violent conflict.
Through academic learning, critical thinking sessions, tailored field studies, established and emerging intervention methodologies, and problem-solving and practitioner workshops, participants will collaborate to develop creative peace-building and reconciliation strategies to take back to their respective communities and areas of vocation.
Professionals and academics may consider this academic certificate to grow in their current vocation and/or be more competitive in their fields. Some of those fields include: humanitarian aid programs, international contracting/purchasing, conflict mediation, Foreign Service, military intelligence, military foreign affairs/attache, international public health officers, USAID, DEA, and U.S. Border Patrol.
Earning the Conflict Transformation Certificate and learning from others within the cohort has been of immeasurable value. This course has been fundamental as I prepare to work with a religious nonprofit in Northern Ireland that focuses on peaceful reconciliation and community building.
– Leah Judge, 2014