Regional and International Conflict Specialization

The graduate specialization in regional and international conflict is intended to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills for UO graduate students who plan to work in developing or post-conflict countries in the field of international development, aid, relief work, conflict management, and community building.

Specialization Requirements:

  1. Students must complete a total of 16 credits from the approved list of courses. 
  2. Students are required to take courses from at least TWO categories (see categories below)
    • Cultural Competence, Participatory Processes, Regional Knowledge, Geopolitical Context and Legal Systems.
  3. Students are required to take courses from at least TWO departments.
    • Anthropology, Conflict & Dispute Resolution (CRES), International Studies, Political Science, Geography and Law.
  4. Students must be accepted to and enrolled in a masters or doctoral program at the UO.
  5.  Specialization Application and Declaration of Specialization forms must be submitted at before the start of the final term. Specialization Applications and/or Declaration of Specialization forms submitted during the final term will not be accepted.
  6.  All courses which are being applied to the specialization must be completed with grades of B or better or P.
  7. Students are expected to notify the instructors of courses in which they plan to enroll for the specialization. 

For more information on graduate specializations:

NOTE: Regional and International Conflict specialization application must be turned in to the CRES Office no later than the Friday prior to the term which you would like to declare this specialization. Forms submitted after the Friday prior to the start of the term will automatically be considered for the next academic term.

Additional Requirements for CRES students:

Core CRES courses cannot be applied toward the Regional and International Conflict Specialization.

  • In this context core courses include: Cross Cultural Dynamics in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Bargaining, and Persuasion, Mediation Skills, Facilitation, Perspectives on Conflict Resolution, or Psychology of Conflict.

Steps to Apply for the Specialization:

Students are strongly encouraged to, in consultation with their advisors, 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.

  1. Review the specialization website.
  2. Complete the Regional and International Specialization Application. (Please note, the application must be signed by the student's home department head)
  3. Submit the Regional and International Specialization Application and the Graduate Specialization Declaration to the CRES Program Manager, Kata Bahnsen-Reinhardt (Knight Law Center, CRES Suite 137).
  4. The CRES Program Manager will contact you via your UO email to notify you of the specialization admittance decision of the CRES Program/Law School.

To Update an Approved Course of Study:

If a student, who has already been accepted into the Regional and International Specialization, would like to change their proposed course of study, the student should submit a Regional and International Conflict Specialization – Request to Revise Course of Study form no later than Friday of week 1 of the term of graduation. Forms should be submitted to the CRES Program Manager, Kata Bahnsen-Reinhardt (Knight Law Center, CRES Suite 137).

 Specialization Categories

   Cultural Competency (CC):

  • ANTH 513: Culture & Psychology
  • ANTH 514: Activist Anthropology
  • ANTH 683: Anthropological Linguistics
  • INTL 531: Cross-Cultural Communication
  • INTL 534: Language Issues for International Studies
  • CRES 610: Cross Cultural Dynamics in Conflict Resolution
  • CRES 510: Working Abroad
  • INTL 533: Childhood in International and Cross-cultural Perspective

   Participatory Processes (PP):

  • CRES 614: Negotiation, Bargaining & Persuasion or LAW 610: Negotiation
  • CRES 616: Mediation Skills or LAW 610: Mediation
  • CRES 620: Facilitation (not offered during 2018/19)
  • CRES 520: Restorative Justice
  • CRES 613: Perspectives on Conflict Resolution
  • CRES 625: Psychology of Conflict

   Regional Knowledge (RK):

  • CRES 535: Israel/Palestine
  • GEOG 510: Negotiating Northern Ireland
  • ANTH 538: Race and Gender in Latin America
  • INTL 542/544/545/546 Series: Development and Social Change in [South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America]
  • ANTH 526: Anthropology of Colonialism

   Geopolitical Context (GC):

  • PS 540: Causes and Prevention of War
  • INTL 524: United Nations Interventions in Global Crises
  • INTL 522: Aid to Developing Countries
  • PS 520: International Organization
  • PS 555: Theories of International Politics
  • PS 579: US Interventions in Developing Nations
  • GEOG 541: Political Geography
  • GEOG 567: International Water Policy
  • PS 550: International Environmental Politics

  Legal Systems (LS):

  • Law 671: International Law
  • Law 610: International Criminal Law (not offered AY 2017/18 or AY 2018/19)
  • Law 610: Law and Development
  • Law 692: International Trade and Investment Law (not offered AY 2017/18 or AY 2018/19)