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The Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) offers students the opportunity to both study and promote conflict resolution in interpersonal, institutional, societal, and global contexts. Students in this program will explore the causes and consequences of various forms of violence, as well as the conditions of peace. In exploring peaceful alternatives to violence, they will learn to understand peace as a multifaceted vision for transformed human relations. In addition to gaining a more sophisticated understanding of peace and conflict, students will also learn about and practice skills necessary for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Declare This Certificate

Applications for the Bridging Disciplines Programs are accepted twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Learn additional information and how to apply to the BDPs. Interested students can attend an information session, which are offered throughout the semester.

Any degree-seeking undergraduate at UT Austin is eligible to apply to the BDPs. Students must plan to be enrolled at UT Austin as a degree-seeking undergraduate for at least two semesters after the semester in which they apply to the BDP. The BDPs are open to undergraduate students from every college and school at UT Austin, view eligibility and benefits. Learn about advising services for Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP students.

Required Courses

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, including CMS 371K: Practicum in Conflict Mediation, students may earn a BDP certificate in Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies. View a complete list of courses and requirements.


Students may focus their work in at least two of the following categories:

  • Global Conflict Resolution
  • Institutional Conflict Resolution
  • Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
  • Societal Conflict Resolution


Students in the Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP form a community with shared interests in studying and promoting conflict resolution in interpersonal, institutional, societal, and global contexts.

Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies students come from a wide range of majors at UT, including Anthropology, Business, Communication Studies, Economics, International Relations and Global Studies, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Work, and many others.


After completing 19 credit hours consisting of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate that will be recognized on students' transcripts, demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements their major.