This summer six students in Pepperdine's Seaver College completed a Certificate in Conflict Management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. This group of students consisted of both juniors and seniors at Pepperdine with various majors including international business, Asian studies, political science, international studies and integrated marketing communication.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Conflict Management is a joint program with Pepperdine's Seaver College and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Students participate in a 14 - 16 unit program over eight weeks during the summer at the campus in Malibu.
The program includes four courses led by Straus Institute faculty including Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy, Mediation, Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Conflict Management, and Arbitration. Students also choose one of the following courses offered by Seaver to complement their dispute resolution education: Organizational Behavior, Communication and Conflict, and Jurisprudence and the Judicial Process.
The undergraduate conflict management program was created in 2004 to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn conflict management skills from a variety of different majors. Students have participated from Seaver's undergraduate program as well as universities across the nation including Harding University and Arizona State University.
Additional information on the Undergraduate Certificate in Conflict Management program can be found on Seaver's website at http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/summerschool/conflictmanagement/academics.htm.