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Regional and International Conflict Specialization

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The Regional and International Conflict Specialization is intended to provide you with a foundation of knowledge and skills for working in developing or post-conflict countries in the field of international development, aid, relief work, conflict management, and community building.

Specialization Requirements

  • You must complete at least 16 credits from the approved list of courses
  • You must take courses from at least two categories:
    • Cultural Competence
    • Regional Knowledge
    • Geopolitical Context
    • Legal Systems
  • You must take courses from at least two departments:
    • Anthropology
    • International Studies
    • Political Science
    • Geography
    • Law
  • If you wish to pursue multiple specializations, you may only apply one course to meet requirements for both specializations.  E.g., if a second specialization consists of 4, 4-credit courses, 12 of those credits must be unique from the first specialization.
  • You must be accepted to and enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Oregon.
  • Specialization Application and Declaration of Specialization forms must be submitted before the start of the final term. Specialization Applications and/or Declaration of Specialization forms submitted during the final term will not be accepted.
  • All courses which are being applied to the specialization must be completed with grades of B or better, or Pass.
  • You must notify the instructors of courses in which you plan to enroll for the specialization. 

Note: CRES students cannot apply CRES core courses toward the Regional and International Conflict Specialization. 

How to Apply for a Specialization

You are strongly encouraged to select courses that offer a breadth or depth in abstract and contextualized theory, knowledge, skills, and perspectives appropriate for advancing the students’ academic and career goals. You should consult with your faculty advisor on appropriate courses.

  1. Review the specialization requirements.
  2. Complete the Specialization Application.
  3. Once approved by your Department Head and a CRES Faculty Director, the CRES Program Manager will review your application.
  4. The CRES Program will contact you via your UO email to notify you of the specialization admittance decision of the CRES Program/Law School.

Specialization applications must be submitted via Engage to the CRES Office no later than the Friday prior to the term which you would like to declare the specialization. Forms submitted after that date, will automatically be considered for the next academic term.

If you are a JD or LL.M. student who is planning to enroll in term-based courses OR you are a term-based student who is planning to enroll in semester-based courses (any LAW courses listed below) please contact Law School Registrar Elaine Seyman (

Apply for the Regional & International Conflict Specialization


Cultural Competency Regional Knowledge Political Context Legal Systems

ANTH 513: Culture & Psychology

GEOG 510: Negotiating Northern Ireland

PS 540: Causes and Prevention of War

Law 671: International Law

ANTH 514: Activist Anthropology

ANTH 538: Race and Gender in Latin America

GLBL 524: United Nations Interventions in Global Crises

Law 610: International Criminal Law

ANTH 683: Anthropological Linguistics

GLBL 542 or 510: Development and Social Change South Asia

GLBL 522: Aid to Developing Countries

Law 610: Law and Development

GLBL 531: Cross-Cultural Communication

GLBL 544 or 510: Development and Social Change Southeast Asia

PS 540: Causes & Prevention of War

Law 692: International Trade and Investment Law

GLBL 534: Language Issues for International Studies

GLBL 545 or 510: Development and Social Change Sub-Saharan Africa

PS 555: Theories of International Politics


GLBL 533: Childhood in International and Cross-cultural Perspective

GLBL 546 or 510: Development and Social Change Latin America

PS 579: US Interventions in Developing Nations



ANTH 526: Anthropology of Colonialism

GEOG 541: Political Geography



CRES 535: Israel-Palestine 

GEOG 567: International Water Policy

  CRES 510: Russia's War in Ukraine

PS 577: International Environmental Politics


Steps to Update an Approved Course of Study:

If you have already been accepted into the Regional and International Specialization, would like to change your proposed course of study, contact the CRES department.

Faculty Highlight 

Diane Baxter

Pro Tem Instructor and Participating Faculty of Judaic Studies.


Diane Baxter

Diane Baxter is the Director of Internships in Israel and Palestine was Senior Lecturer and Head Undergraduate Advisor in Anthropology at U. of Oregon (1996 -2019). She welcomes students to speak with her about studying in Israel-Palestine. Diane's research focuses on the politics of identity among displaced persons, women, and indigenous peoples in colonial and postcolonial societies.  Her area of focus continues to be the Middle East, in particular Israel/Palestine.

Diane was the Director of the Rutherford Middle East Initiative at the UO until 2019. In that role, she created and administered the new MENA (Middle East-North Africa) minor on campus and plans are underway to establish a Middle East, Arabic, and Islamic Studies major at the university. Diane was vice-Chair of the AAA'S Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI) and co-editor of CORI'S 24 Selected Papers in Refugee and Immigrant Studies.  Her article, "Idealized and Devalued: Images of Identity among Palestinians in West Bank Refugee Camps", is included in the CORI volume.  She is also the author of "Honor Thy Sister: Selfhood, Gender, and Agency in Palestinian Society." Diane received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from UC-Northridge in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from UCLA in 1991.