Conflict Resolution & Leadership


Conflict Resolution

About the Program

The Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution and Leadership (CRL) at Drew University educates students and professionals in a wide range of fields for dealing with conflict of all types. Blending traditional academic coursework with professional mentorship and experiential learning in the New York metropolitan area, the CRL program prepares students for advanced careers and leadership roles in their field.

Program Requirements

The Conflict Resolution and Leadership certificate (12 credits) requires:

  • 4 courses
  • 3 mandatory core classes
    • Introduction to CRL Methods and Practicum
    • Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
    • Cross Cultural Approaches to Understanding Conflict

View the Course Catalog for more details.

Key Outcomes

  • Gain vital skills in leadership, mediation and conflict resolution
  • Learn from experts in the fields of dispute resolution and law enforcement
  • Understand the historical and cultural drivers of real-world conflict at home and abroad
  • Build in-depth knowledge about the various parties involved in conflict driven by religion, nationality, heritage or social identity

Relevant Fields

- Law Enforcement
- Legal Services
- Public Service Offices and Organizations
- Crisis, Mediation and Counseling professionals
- School Counseling, Administration and Security

Value Added for Alumni and Current Students

- Drew College of Liberal Arts alumni are eligible to transfer up to 2 qualifying courses toward the CRL certificate.

- Current Drew undergraduate students and graduate Arts & Letters students can earn their Certificate in Conflict Resolution & Leadership while they complete their bachelor's, master’s or doctoral degree.

Program Director

Jonathan Golden

Phd, University of Pennsylvania

Golden holds several certificates in conflict resolution and works closely with interfaith and peace organizations in New Jersey and around the world. As author of Ancient Canaan and Israel: New Perspectives and the forthcoming Dawn of the Metal Age, he is currently working on a third book based on interviews with ex-combatants and victims of conflict who become peace activists. In addition to leading the Conflict Resolution program, Golden is director of Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, an interdisciplinary center focused on global peacebuilding and interfaith leadership, and assistant professor in the departments of Comparative Religion and Anthropology.