Kennesaw State University in the fall will launch a doctoral degree in international conflict resolution, the first of its kind in the state.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the program at a March 10 meeting. Kennesaw has doctoral programs for professionals in education, business administration and nursing, but the new program will be its first doctor of philosophy, which trains scholars who aim to teach at the university level.
Candidates will examine the roots and ethical causes of conflict and will receive training in cross-cultural studies as well as international relations and negotiations.
The new program stems from the university’s existing conflict management and international policy master’s degree programs, according to a Kennesaw State news release. In addition to their coursework and research, doctoral candidates will conduct an internship with an international organization and gain proficiency in a foreign language.
Officials hope the degree will prepare a new generation of scholars to provide seasoned advice to decision makers dealing with global crises.
“With the current state of world affairs and global conflicts, the importance of training doctoral-level professional scholars and teachers cannot be over emphasized,” said Richard Vengroff, dean of the College Humanities and Social Sciences, which will house the new program.
Kennesaw State is the third largest university in Georgia, with more than 22,500 students from 142 countries.