What degree for a future mediator?
June 25, 2009 1:55 AM Subscribe
Choosing a bachelor's degree program if I want to be a mediator: social science or sociology (or something else?)
posted by Danila to education (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have an associate's degree in human services management (kind of fell into that and liked some of it). I am about to start at a new university for my bachelor's and I am trying to decide my major. I feel like I'm just blindly choosing no matter how much I read, because I am not currently working and not yet able to work due to disability. But I would like to work someday as a mediator.
Currently I am looking at a major in social science (which would include courses in psychology (social, organizational, etc.), economics, research and statistics, US and European history, some sociology courses, that sort of thing. Or I could major in sociology without all of the history or economics and a lot more sociology. I could also major in sociology and minor in psychology.
The one thing I DON'T want to do is go to law school for a number of reasons. If I go to grad school I am probably going for a conflict-oriented master's.
From the reading I have done on becoming a mediator most come at it with a law background obviously. There are also some conflict and peace studies degree programs but I cannot attend any due to various circumstances unless and until I go for my master's. So without going for either a law degree or something specific in the field, I don't know which to choose that could supply me with useful knowledge. I know I will have to get mediation training and experience but that is somewhat of a separate issue for me (I think). Right now I can't work or volunteer, I can only do school, but I want to make it productive.