Dispute Resolution Minor

The Dispute Resolution minor provides students with an opportunity to learn about the causes, complex dynamics, escalation, de-escalation, and constructive resolution of conflicts in a variety of contexts from the interpersonal to the international levels. Students will also gain knowledge and techniques necessary to negotiate, facilitate, and mediate a wide range of situations.

Learning Objectives. Upon completion of the minor, the students will be able to:

• Recognize the causes of conflict
• Understand the dynamics and progression of conflict
• Think more critically about how to process conflict situations, utilize dispute resolution techniques and skills needed to negotiate, facilitate, and mediate in a variety of contexts.

Rationale. This minor is particularly attractive and beneficial for students who cannot complete the existing Dispute Resolution Certificate since they will acquire a solid understanding of conflict, its causes, progression, complexity, and management. With 18 credits focused on dispute resolution, it is still possible for students to deepen their critical understanding of conflict which will be invaluable for them in their personal lives, at work, and in graduate school, especially for those students who will enter professions like law, social work, business, etc, where sorting through conflicts is essential. There is virtually no major that will not benefit from having students add this minor to their undergraduate portfolio.

Minor coordinator. Professor Maria Volpe, Department of Sociology (212.237.8692, mvolpe@jjay.cuny.edu).

Please note: Students CANNOT earn both the Minor and the Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

Requirements. Students wishing to minor in Dispute Resolution must complete 18 credits of coursework, of which 6 credits are required and 12 credits are electives. Courses chosen for the minor have been selected to reflect substantive areas relevant for dispute resolution and to differentiate it from the Dispute Resolution Certificate.

Subtotal: 6 credits

SOC 206 The Sociology of Conflict and Dispute Resolution
SOC 380 Sociology Laboratory in Dispute Resolution Skill Building

Subtotal: 12 credits

Select four

AFR 110 Race and the Urban Community
AFR 121 Africana Communities in the U.S.
AFR 215 The Police and the Ghetto
AFR 229 Restorative Justice: Making Peace and Resolving Conflict
ANT 315 Systems of Law
ANT 330 American Cultural Pluralism and the Law
DRA 325 Drama Techniques in Crisis Intervention
ECO 280 Economics of Labor
GEN 205 Gender and Justice
ISP Interdisciplinary Studies Program (if applicable, with permission of the Dispute Resolution Coordinator)
LLS 241 Latina/os and the City
LAW 206 The American Judiciary
PHI 105 Critical Thinking and Informal Logic
PHI 302 Philosophical Issues of Rights
PHI 310/LAW 310 Ethics and the Law
PSC 202 Police and Community Relations
PSC 245 Community Policing
POL 206 Urban Politics
POL 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
PSY 243 Theories of Personality
PSY 336 Group Dynamics
PSY 375 Family Conflict and Family Court
SOC 160 Social Aspects of Alcohol Abuse
SOC 202/PSY 202 The Family: Change, Challenges and Crisis Intervention
SOC 213/PSY 213 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 236 Victimology
SOC 290 Special Topics in Sociology
SOC 305 Sociology of Law
SOC 308 The Sociology of Violence
Various Departments: Fieldwork Practicum


Total: 18 credits