North Central College - Naperville, IL

Conflict Resolution

Why choose conflict resolution at North Central College?

North Central is one of the first schools in the country to offer a minor in conflict resolution. This minor is part of the College’s one-of-a-kind Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program and will make your résumé, grad program or law school application stand out from the pack. In class and out, you’ll master negotiation and interpersonal communication skills, explore the emerging field of alternative dispute, and much more. What you learn here will be immeasurably valuable regardless of your major or career path.

You can also:

  • Gain valuable experience by interning in North Central’s Dispute Resolution Center, which provides mediation and consulting services to students and the community through its Peer Mediation Program.
  • Apply for membership to the national Blue Key Honor Society, which recognizes exemplary leadership.
  • Develop your personal and professional leadership skills through LEV’s iLead program.
  • Apply for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to fund original research anywhere in the world, or a Mironda K. Heston Scholarship to fund human rights and service projects.
  • Present the findings of your research at the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.
  • Take advantage of numerous leadership opportunities through student government and other campus organizations, or as a student mentor with Leadership Jump Start.
  • Complete a concentration in leadership or ethics if you can’t accommodate the requirements necessary to complete a minor.
  • Pursue a five-year bachelor’s/master’s program in leadership studies or consider the College’s master of leadership studies degree after graduation.

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Internships

  • Intern, Dispute Resolution Center, North Central College
  • Intern, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Geneva, IL
  • Intern, law offices of Jeffrey Knuckles, Naperville
  • Intern, Sears Roebuck Office of Professional Ethics, Hoffman Estates, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates of conflict resolution have been accepted at:

  • Pepperdine University
  • Hamline University
  • University of Missouri
  • DePaul University College of Law

Careers

Recent graduates of conflict resolution include:

  • Professional mediator
  • Human resources professional
  • Private attorney
  • Corporate or higher education professional
  • Family counselor
  • School social worker
Philosophy major, Conflict Resolution minor

Madeline knows she wants to become a lawyer so she decided to seek out the ideal combination for her undergraduate academic work. Along with her major in philosophy, she chose to minor in conflict resolution, which will give her experience in negotiation, mediation and facilitation. “It gives me an opportunity to specialize in an important field as an undergraduate,” Madeline says. “As a lawyer, being able to mediate and resolve problems is important.”

One of the high points of her time at North Central was traveling to Washington, D.C., to conduct research with a team of peers on how oral arguments are presented before the U.S. Supreme Court. While there she met Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice...

Leadership Studies major, Conflict Resolution minor

Kristen originally had her heart set on pursuing law and working in the public sector.

That all changed after an internship when she served with a state’s attorney as a court-appointed special advocate, representing abused or neglected children. The experience taught her she could give more time to children in a career working at a nonprofit than working as a lawyer.

“I now work hands-on with these children to make sure they are mentally and physically sound. This means dealing with unruly children and the biological or foster parents. My minor in conflict resolution helps me understand the necessity of remaining calm when handling stressful situations. Knowing how to recognize and diffuse a...

Human Resource Management major, Conflict Resolution minor

A transfer student and seasoned professional with 18 years’ experience in the travel industry, Joan knew she was good at problem-solving and wanted to capitalize on that strength as part of her studies.

“I decided to incorporate two areas I enjoy—helping people in their work environment and problem solving. I like to be challenged to come up with solutions that aren’t obvious, so I thought classes in conflict resolution would complement my human resource management major.” Her career goal is to work in a corporate environment implementing change and solving issues.

Conflict resolution, she says, is a good focus for anyone who expects to face conflict in their lives, jobs or communities. “Everyone...

Psychology major, Conflict Resolution minor

As a North Central student, Michelle has frequently been treated like a professional. A psychology major and conflict resolution minor, she has conducted extensive research with professors and was part of two search committees that interviewed candidates for openings in the psychology department and the library.

“We took the candidates out to dinner, which turned out to be one of the most valuable experiences I’ve ever had,” she says. “I learned how to act at a professional dinner and developed closer connections to professors I’ve never had class with. That, to me, is priceless.”

Along with faculty members, Michelle spent countless hours ...