Peace & Conflict Resolution
The certificate in international peace and conflict resolution is available to currently enrolled University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill master’s or doctoral level graduate students in all departments and schools who wish to demonstrate a specialization in issues of international peace and conflict resolution. The certificate is noted on the student’s transcript.
The goals of this certificate are for students to:
- Demonstrate a specialization in issues related to peace and conflict resolution in the international arena.
- Foster interdisciplinary approaches to peace and conflict resolution.
- Gain hands-on practical experience in peace and conflict resolution by working with a relevant volunteer organization.
- Engage in peer learning through attendance at monthly seminars and the annual Duke-UNC Rotary Center Spring Conference.
- Three approved courses on topics related to international peace and conflict resolution. Courses should relate to at least two of the following thematic areas: economic development/sustainable development; politics & governance; culture/identity/nationalism/human rights; and negotiation/mediation/conflict resolution. At least two of the three courses must be taken outside the student’s home department.
- A thesis, dissertation, or major seminar paper on a topic related to international peace and conflict resolution. Submit to the Center for Global Initiatives a thesis, dissertation, or major seminar paper on a topic related to international development and social change.
- An independent research project involving at least 80 hours of practical service with a Center for Global Initiatives approved volunteer organization that works to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and/or conflict resolution. This project must result in a 5 to 10-page critical analysis of how the organization deals with peace and conflict resolution.
- Attendance at periodic public events sponsored by the Duke-UNC Rotary Center.
Graduate students interested in pursuing the certificate are responsible for constructing their own course plan and making all arrangements associated with the independent research project. Students should:
- Design a course plan in consultation with the Rotary Center managing director by the beginning of the fall semester of the applicant’s first year of study. Course plans must demonstrate thematic integrity and coherence. Independent Study and language courses do not count toward the course requirements.
- The completed and signed certificate application form should be forwarded to the Rotary Center managing director no later than September 15 of the applicant’s first year of study.
- Approved applicants must participate in at least 80% of the non-academic events (workshops, seminars and the annual April Rotary Peace Center conference) to which they are invited to participate.
- Prior to initiation of the independent research project, the student must submit a written statement of intent to the Center for Global Initiatives for approval, in which the relevance and goals of the project are clearly delineated. An official letter of affiliation from the proposed organization is also required.
- Following the practical service period, the student must submit to the Center and to the organization a 5 to 10-page critical analysis of the project and its relation to an issue of international peace and conflict resolution.
- Submit the major research paper to the Center.
- Ensure all materials are submitted prior to the student’s graduation date.