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Human Rights Studies

Committing to Justice, Peace, Dignity and Equality

If you have a deep desire to make a difference in the world, you may be a good fit for the Human Rights Studies Program. Whether it is immigrant rights, human trafficking, women’s rights, food insecurity, indigenous rights, worker’s rights – just to name a few – human rights is a degree that will allow you to pursue a career connected to your passions and values. Human rights studies is a nationally-renowned interdisciplinary program that will prepare you to pursue human rights advocacy at local, national and international levels.

  • 1st

    university to establish an undergraduate program in human rights studies

  • 100%

    of students graduate with experiential learning for academic credit

  • customize

    your degree to include a double major or multiple minors

A High-Quality Education

Engagement with Human Rights Center Experiential Learning Requirement Fair Trade Agreement

Our majors have the unique opportunity to work with the Human Rights Center to help create positive change through research, education and dialogue. The Center works at the heart of a global human rights community.

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Our students have the opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom and apply and expand those skills in the "real-world." Required for graduation, students participate in internships, advocacy projects, service-learning and more, allowing them to explore their vocational goals.

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University of Dayton student and faculty advocates are proud of our fair trade university designation.

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Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about human rights studies? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3294. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Moral Courage Project

This project aims to tell the stories of individuals who take risks to make important contributions in their communities during moments of crisis.

Abolition Ohio

We work within the Miami Valley and across the state and country to prevent human trafficking, protect those affected, and help prosecute the criminals responsible with awareness through advocacy, education and research.


An annual opportunity for University of Dayton students to engage with professionals and gain practical advice about starting and navigating a career in Washington D.C.

Malawi Research Practicum

This transdisciplinary research and applied participatory project is offered in partnership with the Human Rights Studies program, the Human Rights Center and the NGO Determined to Develop.

Nonprofit and Community Leadership Graduate Certificate

A graduate certificate designed for students considering careers in the nonprofit community sector.

Institute of Applied Creativity and Transformation

Through collaboration, creative problem-solving, critical thinking, empathy, initiative and resilience, students gain the creative competencies that today's job market demands.

Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


Human Rights Studies Program

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1425


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