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School of Family Studies and Human Services

School of
Family Studies and Human Services

Kansas State University
303 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

785-532-5505 fax

Course Requirements and Options

CATS Requirements

It is intended that the minor in Conflict and Trauma Studies be available upon completion of the eighteen (18) required course hours for the minor. To be awarded a minor, the student (a) must not be on probation, (b) must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on coursework applied to the minor, (c) must meet all the requirements of the student's major program, and (d) must be enrolled during the semester in which the minor's requirements are completed.

Transfer Courses

No more than six (6) credit hours of transfer courses may be used for the CATS Minor.

Admission Requirements

The CATS Minor is available to current Kansas State University undergraduate students, post-baccalaureate K-State students, and non-K-State graduates of an accredited University subject to the following criteria:

  • Students must submit a Minor Application Form.
  • The application must be approved by the CATS Minor co-chairs in order for the student to be eligible to receive the requested minor.
  • Applicants must have completed all necessary graduate requirements from an accredited 4-year university.

All post-baccalaureate students will be handled through the K-State Global Campus. The Core and Elective courses (listed below) for the CATS Minor currently are provided both on campus and through distance delivery; courses listed under "additional course options" are available according to individual department offerings.

Course Options

Core and elective courses are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; on campus and online.

Core Courses

Required (6 credit hours):

  • CNRES 529/759 (3 credit hours) - Understanding Trauma and Traumatic Stress/Foundations of Trauma and Traumatic Stress
  • CNRES 531/751 (3 credit hours) - Core Conflict Resolution/Conflict Resolution: Core Skills and Strategies

Elective Courses

Choose a minimum of two courses (6 credit hours) from:

  • CNRES 532/752 (3 credit hours) - Conflict across Cultures and Contexts/Culture and Conflict
  • CNRES 533/753 (3 credit hours) - Prevention and Intervention of Violence/Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • CNRES 534/754 (3 credit hours) - Conflict in Organizations/Organizational
  • CNRES 535/755 (3 credit hours) - Divorce and Child Custody Mediation/Family Mediation
  • CNRES 536/761 (3 credit hours) - Conflict and Trauma in International Settings/International Conflict and Trauma [offered as study abroad]
  • CNRES 603/763** (3 credit hours) - Coping with Life Crises/Crisis across the Lifespan [offered during intersessions]
Additional Course Options
  • COMM 480 - Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 542 - Relational Communication
  • FSHS 305 - Family Violence
  • HIST 551 - History of Family Violence
  • POLSC 642 - International Conflict
  • PSYCH 540 - Psychology of Women
  • PSYCH 563 - Gender Issues in the Workplace
  • SOCIO 360 - Social Problems
  • SOCIO 363 - Global Problems (UG only)
  • SOCIO 507 - International Development and Social Change
  • THTRE 673 - Theatre for Conflict Resolution
  • WOMST 380 - Women and Global Social Change
  • WOMST 551 - History and Politics of Family Violence
  • WOMST 560 - Women and Violence
  • Other electives or independent study options relevant to the area of conflict resolution and trauma studies

Note: Students wanting to enroll in the CATS minor must fill out the Add Minor and Secondary Major form. This may be obtained from Denise Fangman in 303 Justin Hall. Additionally, this form may be obtained from academic advisors and forwarded on (sans yellow copy for student) to Denise Fangman.

Program Coordinator

David Thompson
309 Justin Hall