Human Rights Studies

Welcome to the Human Rights Studies Program

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 nonprofit sectors.

Housed in the Department of Political Science, the Human Rights Studies Program offers the B.A. in Human Rights Studies, an interdisciplinary pre-professional degree firmly grounded in traditional liberal arts. Students, faculty, and staff participating in the program enter into it guided by their fundamental commitment to respect and promote the dignity of each human person. The Program also offers a Minor in Human Rights Studies that students can integrate with any degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and even across units, making degrees in business, engineering or education all the more distinctive.

DECEMBER 6, 2018

Celebrating Human Rights

The events will serve to mark the twentieth anniversary of the creation of the Human Rights program on campus and the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and provide an opportunity to look forward towards a new era of human rights at UD. The program includes two panels featuring alumni, distinguished speakers, and a reception.

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In the News
Human Rights 01.28.19
Moral Courage Project: El Paso

University of Dayton students traveled to El Paso, Texas, in May 2018 to interview and photograph human rights advocates, community leaders and faith leaders about their commitment to immigration rights work at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Human Rights 12.03.18
Human Rights Alumni

McLean Johnson ’12 is one of several alumni showcasing the wide range of career possibilities available to graduates of the University of Dayton’s landmark human rights studies program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

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Human Rights 07.19.18
Mass Appeal of Human Rights

A new book out this month by Joel R. Pruce, University of Dayton assistant professor of human rights, details the evolution of human rights into a mainstream moral cause.

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Experiential Learning 10.20.18
The Immigration Simulation

What is it like to be an immigrant in Ohio? Register for the Immigration Simulation developed by students in ANT325: Anthropology of Human Rights.

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2019 Malawi Practicum Application

Nine-week collaborative research experience in Chilumba, Malawi, from mid-May to mid-July, 2019. Apply by midnight, Nov 1, 2018.

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Moral Courage Project: El Paso

In summer 2018, students visited El Paso TX for advocacy through interviewing, audio recording, photography, music and writing.

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Experiential Learning

Learn real-world skills with internships, service-learning, research, student leadership and professional networking.

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Human Rights Studies Program

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