Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Programs / Certificates: Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

A Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Program Requirements

Conflict occurs in many different situations: between and among members of a family; between labor and management; in political parties, religious groups, formal organizations and nations; and even within a single mind. The actors in a conflict can be individuals, social groups, formal organizations, or political and social institutions. Consequently, the development of skills for peaceful and nonlegal conflict resolution or management should be an essential element of a person’s formal education.

A certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) will offer fully-admitted KSU students the opportunity to develop skills that are helpful no matter what major they pursue or which line of work they choose. Students are required to receive at least a “C” in these five courses totaling 15 credit hours in order to receive the certificate. Applications for admission to the Program are available in the office of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs.

Important: Before submitting an application for the ADR Certificate program, a student must be officially accepted by the Office of Admissions as a regular or transfer student at KSU.

Required Courses

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 3325
    -or-
    ANTH 3307
    Intercultural Communication

    Cultural Anthropology
    3
  • BLAW 3400
    Negotiation
    3
  • POLS 3300
    U.S. Constitution and Courts
    3
  • POLS 4470
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    3
  • POLS 4480
    Practicum in Alternative Dispute Resolution
    3

Program Total - 15 Credit Hours


  • POLS 4470 provides 28 hours of mediation training recognized by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution for registration as a Neutral.
  • Students must receive at least a C in these courses in order to complete the program.
  • Some courses are offered only once each academic year and may alternate as a day course one year and a night course the next year. Please consider this when planning a program schedule. To find out when these courses are offered each year, contact the following departments:
    • Accounting (BLAW) 470-578-6084
    • Communication (COM) 470-578-6298
    • Political Science and International Affairs (POLS) 470-578-6227
    • Geography and Athropology (ANTH) 470-578-6739