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Werner Institute  >  Graduate Degree Information  >  Concentration in College Student Affairs

 

An Interdisciplinary Program
in Collaboration with the Division of Student Life

Program Description

 

How does the Werner Institute program prepare young professionals for a career in College Student Affairs?

Graduate students at Creighton University’s Werner Institute develop an understanding of conflict engagement by learning specific theories, concepts and skills regarding negotiation, mediation, facilitation and leadership. Through the concentration in College Student Affairs Werner Institute students develop a deep understanding of the dynamics of conflict, cultural considerations when engaging in conflict, and human development that allows the integration of Jesuit values, conflict resolution theory and a rich understanding of student development theory leading to more constructive and supportive interactions with students.

The Werner Institute’s degree program blends a substantial field experience component with theory and process oriented academic coursework to adequately develop young professionals for a career in college student affairs in a variety of ways including:

  • Developing the skills to teach students how to appropriately deal with conflict in their own lives, residences, classroom and activities
  • Teaching student leaders to effectively managing conflicts they encounter when assuming a leadership role
  • Supporting students in embracing diversity while on campus and on a journey to a global perspective
  • Helping students transition from family system of conflict to a social community system
  • Preparing students for productive and meaningful lives

Werner Institute Graduate students with the Concentration in College Student Affairs design and complete three different field experiences which allow the student to apply and observe the concepts and theories learned in the classroom within a professional environment. The first two field experiences entail Student Affairs Internship placements in the Division of Student Life during which hands on Student Affairs work experience is experienced in the context of conflict resolution. The final field experience is a practicum project developed with the assistance of the practicum advisor in an area that the student wishes to expand their professional skills and expertise.

Curriculum Overview

MSNDR

Negotiation (NDR 615) or (LAW 410)

3 credits

Leadership & Conflict Engagement (NDR 622)

3 credits

Dynamics of Conflict (NDR 624)

3 credits

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Law 310)

2 credits

Culture, Gender, & Power Differences in Conflict (NDR 626)

2 credits

Mediation Process (LAW 404)

3 credits

Systems Design and Consulting (NDR 625)

2 credits

Facilitation and Group Processes (NDR 627)

2 credits

Online Dispute Resolution (NDR 623)

2 credits

Electives in NDR (TBD)

7 credits

Practicum (NDR 733)

3 credits

Concentration in Student Affairs

Introduction to College Student Affairs (NDR 670)

3 credits

Life Span Development (COU 544)

3 credits

Internship in College Student Affairs I (NDR 671)

3 credits

Internship in College Student Affairs II (NDR 672)

3 credits


Total Hours: 44 credit hours

Proposed Schedule of Courses

Year One

Fall Semester

Introduction to College Student Affairs (NDR 670)

3 credits

Leadership & Conflict Engagement (NDR 622)

3 credits

Dynamics of Conflict (NDR 624)

3 credits

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Law 310)

2 credits

Spring Semester

Internship in College Student Affairs I (NDR 671)

3 credits

Mediation Process (LAW 404)

3 credits

Systems Design and Consulting (NDR 625)

2 credits

Elective in NDR (TBD)

2 credits

Summer

Online Dispute Resolution (NDR 623)

2 credits

Elective in NDR (TBD)

3 credits

Year Two

Fall Semester

Internship in College Student Affairs II (NDR 672)

3 credits

Life Span Development (COU 544)

3 credits

Facilitation and Group Processes (NDR 627)

2 credits

Electives in NDR (TBD)

2 credits

Spring Semester

Culture, Gender, & Power Differences in Conflict (NDR 626)

2 credits

Negotiation (NDR 615) or (LAW 410)

3 credits

Practicum (NDR 733)

3 credits

Total Hours:

44 credit hours

 

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