Advice for new majors.

Read what our alumni have to say about the Human Rights Studies Program.

Real world applications ...

"The Human Rights Studies Program offers countless opportunities to take what you are taught in the classroom and apply it in the real world. Take advantage of these opportunities whenever you can. They will teach you about why Human Rights are so important and most importantly, how you can make a difference."

- Allison

Hope ...

"Every day you will be reminded that there is hope. For every heartbreaking thing that you study, you will find 1,000 things that will inspire you."

- Kate

Take advantage of opportunities ...

"Take advantage of as many learning opportunities as possible, surprisingly even the most unrelated learning avenues benefit an HRS student. For example, take a language course and dedicate yourself to it; study abroad whenever the right opportunity arises; declare another major or minor—my minor is business and it aids my learning every day. UD is the best place to explore those opportunities."

- Liz

Interdisciplinary advantage ...

"Take advantage of how interdisciplinary the HRS major is. You can shape your education to really focus on your interests and explore new fields while concentrating on Human Rights issues in different lights. The more exposure you have to how fields approach Human Rights, the better you can understand and formulate your own opinions and goals."

- Tess

Minors ...

"[It] would be [good] to pick up a minor in something that corresponds to Human Rights (ex: International Studies). I also wish I would have had a minor in Spanish. That piece of paper really counts and to say that I minored in Spanish would have given me a little more credibility."

- Maggie

Keeping an open mind ...

"Prepare your eyes for the horrors that you will see. Keep your mind open for the understanding and injustice of the world we live in. Lastly, remember in your heart that you can and will make a difference in the world you live in."

- Heather

Insight in other disciplines ...

"Don't be afraid to step outside of the Political Science world. Human Rights advocacy doesn't reside solely in academic papers or discussions on public policy. I had some of my greatest insights into the human condition and the universality of dignity sitting in an English class or History class, debating ideas that none of my fellow HRS majors thought to ask about."

- Coral

Find your passion ...

"Find one issue that you can dedicate your passion to and stick to it. Human Rights is a very broad spectrum and it’s easy to become overwhelmed, which leaves you susceptible to burn out. Be ready and willing to work hard and extensively with others in order to bring about change. Find a level of peace within yourself so that you are not easily dissuaded from your endeavors."

- Nnimz