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Human Rights Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights Studies

Genocide in Sudan, immigration issues in America and ethical labor practices in Asia. By studying human rights, you will analyze world issues while learning to examine, promote and respect the dignity of each person. You will also perform rigorous research and conduct in-depth analysis of critical questions within the field of human rights. Your interactions with our dedicated faculty will help you search for answers to human rights issues and questions at home and abroad.

The University of Dayton established the nation’s first undergraduate human rights studies program in 1998. More than one hundred students have graduated from the program and pursued careers as human rights advocates and academics or humanitarian professionals in legal, governmental and non-profit sectors. Housed in the Department of Political Science, the Human Rights Studies Program offers the BA in Human Rights Studies, an integrated pre-professional degree firmly grounded in traditional liberal arts.

Through our interdisciplinary program, you will have countless opportunities to become involved with human rights issues. Each year, students organize Human Rights Week, a week-long program with nationally-known scholars and speakers, issue forums, artistic presentations and other activities.

You can take courses and conduct research in locations around the world through our education abroad programs. Recently, students have traveled to Burundi, Chile, El Salvador, Geneva, Haiti, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland and Uganda.

As a human rights studies major, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through internships with government agencies, Congress, nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations, human rights groups and multinational corporations interested in safeguarding human rights.

In order to prepare you for work in our global society, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience.

The B.A. in Human Rights takes an interdisciplinary approach. Courses from a wide variety of disciplines can be used for the degree program.

Browse the required and recommended courses for the the major.

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Human Rights Studies Program

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1425