Program Requirements and Electives

Eighteen units consisting of 12 units of core courses and 6 units of electives are required to earn a Certificate of Completion. All core courses must be taken for a letter grade. Electives may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. Written assignments are required in all courses. Courses without prerequisites may be taken at any time, regardless of whether a student has been admitted to the program. For the convenience of those with daytime responsibilities, courses are offered evenings and weekends.

Details about the core courses are under Course Descriptions.

Core Courses (12 units)

  • Survey of the Field of Practice in Conflict Resolution (1 unit)
  • Communication Skills in Conflict Resolution (1 unit)
  • Negotiation I (2 units)
  • Mediation I (2 units)
  • Cross-Cultural Communication, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (1 unit)
  • Group Facilitation (1 unit)
  • Historical & Theoretical Foundations of Conflict Resolution (2 units)
  • Independent Learning A: Research and Planning (1 unit)
  • Independent Learning B: Final Project (1 unit)

Electives (minimum of 6 units)

A selection of elective courses is offered each semester and covers a variety of subject areas. Previously offered courses include:

  • Family Mediation
  • Resolving Conflicts in Health Care
  • The Ethical Mediator
  • Elder Mediation
  • Family Mediation
  • Restorative Justice
  • Non-Violence: The Overlooked Alternative
  • Emotional Literacy for Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict Resolution and Peace
  • Gender and Conflict
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Marketing and Managing Your Mediation Practice
  • Forgiveness: The Art of Letting Go
  • Mediating in Small Claims Court
  • The Spiritual Side of Resolving Conflict