Agenda Item No. V. B. 1.

Washburn University Board of Regents



SUBJECT: CREATION OF A MINOR IN PEACE, JUSTICE AND CONFLICT

RESOLUTION



DESCRIPTION:

The Washburn University General Faculty recommends the creation of a minor in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution. To earn the minor, a student must complete at least 18 hours of course work, 15 hours of designated core courses and 3 hours of electives. The minor will be supervised by a committee of advisors and coordinated by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Interested students will always have the option of doing individualized readings with faculty in a number of departments and can also complete a capstone major project. This is anticipated to be a small program, but is created largely from existing courses, resulting in minimal cost to the University.



Core Courses (15 hours)

IS 180 Intro to Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution

PO 352 Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

PO 346 Disputes and Conflict Management -- OR

HS 390 Communication in Conflict and Negotiation -- OR

CN 330 Committee Approved Elective in Conflict Management

CN 363 Intercultural Communication

IS 380 Internship/Special Project



Library Resources: Current library resources are adequate to support the minor as proposed.



University Council approved the proposal on May 11, 2004.



General Faculty approved the proposal on August 26, 2004.



FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

All identified courses are existing courses, with the exception of IS 180 and IS 380. IS380 students will be monitored by the Political Science Department Chair as part of regular load. IS180 will be offered every third semester, and would be worked into normal faculty load, with the occasional use of an adjunct faculty member at a cost of $1800 per course. Thus, the maximum cost is $1800 every third semester.



RECOMMENDATION:



President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approval of the proposed Minor in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution.



_________________________ ___________________________________

Date Jerry B. Farley, President


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