The Undergraduate Minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies (CATS) provides the only academic program in the nation that combines these two complementary areas. Conflict resolution programs primarily are combined with peace and conflict studies, while the trauma studies programs are predominately in clinical mental health programs (e.g., psychiatry, psychology, social work).
The CATS program bridges these two areas, providing the framework and models for individuals, families, groups, communities, and the social empowerment and resiliency to heal from conflict, trauma and loss. The program provides foundational knowledge in microsystems (e.g., individuals, families) and larger social macrosystems (e.g., communities and nations). The program also provides a variety of professional trainings, beyond clinical professions, for post-trauma and post-conflict reconstruction.