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Human Rights Practice

Bachelor of Arts

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500

College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Program Details

Ignite your career in an important and growing field. This program is designed to provide participants with core knowledge, critical perspective and practical skills to advance human rights around the globe.

Through a rigorous, place-based curriculum, you will have extensive opportunities for community engagement, applying course concepts to human rights issues in your own local community. In our one-of-a-kind course in Skills for Human Rights, you will develop specific skills including grant writing, testimonial gathering and documentary production that will help you stand out in a competitive job market.

This program also provides opportunities to engage with distinguished human rights stakeholders through videoconferences, internships, class projects, mentorships and a capstone project. This focus on project-based learning means that you may also be involved in the process of producing white papers, webinars, shadow reports and other forms of scholarly work.

This College of Social and Behavioral Sciences major requires a minor (or double major).

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

HRTS 200: Introduction to Human Rights 
HRTS 205: Human Rights Stories
HRTS 250: Current Issues in Human Rights
HRTS 300: Human Rights in the US
HRTS 400: Community Engagement for Human Rights
HRTS 402: Skills for Human Rights Work
HRTS 411: Strategic Litigation
HRTS 420: Community-Based Research for Human Rights



Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights Practice will build core skills, including:

  • Advocacy skills­
  • Analytical abilities­
  • Critical perspectives
  • Documentary production
  • Experience in “real-world” contexts
  • Foundational knowledge­
  • Grant writing
  • Testimony gathering
  • Writing competencies­

Graduates with a BA in Human Rights will be prepared for careers in local, national, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations working on human rights and social justice issues. The program also prepares students for enrollment in law schools or graduate programs that focus on human rights issues, as well as other public and private sector jobs engaged with social issues and vulnerable populations. Career fields include:

  • Government
  • Human rights projects
  • Civil rights organizations
  • Corporate social responsibility­
  • Research consultancies­
  • Issue advocacy­
  • Social justice campaigns­
  • Political affairs
  • Diplomacy and international affairs­
  • Legal services