International Human Rights

The International Human Rights program encourages greater understanding of international human rights standards, problems and solutions. Its development comes from the growing need to respond to and prevent major humanitarian crises. It provides four curricular options for students interested in careers in human rights and humanitarian support, study, advocacy and protection.


18 credit hours

Required courses:

HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights
HRTS 3590 Theories of Human Rights
HRTS 4500 Human Rights Field Experience

One course from each of the following groups:

History, Politics, and Law
HIST 2420 History of Africa
HIST 2450 Third World
HRTS 1500 Current Problems in Human Rights
POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politcs
POLT 2550 The Politics of Development
INTL 2030 International Law

Behavioral and Social Sciences
ANSO 1070 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANSO 2000 Issues in Contemporary Society:
Sociocultural Factors behind Migration and Refugee Movements

Communications, English, Philosophy and Religious Studies
HRTS 3200 Human Rights in Latin America
MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in the Media
PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems: Emphasis in Global Moral Issues
RELG 2050 Religion and Human Values

Demonstration of competence in a foreign language equivalent to 2 years of college-level study is also required.