Bachelor of Arts

Human Rights Practice

Earn a B.A. not only in the theory but in the applied practice of Human Rights to help you address the most urgent problems facing today’s world.

About the Online Program

Human right challenges – and opportunities – abound around the world. The B.A. in Human Rights Practice will provide you with the knowledge, insights and skills needed to contribute to a more just and equal world.

Coursework in the Human Rights Practice major will enable you to gain a broad understanding of human rights issues around the globe while also offering opportunities to focus on the topics, groups, and locations that concern you the most. The curriculum emphasizes acquiring the practical capabilities that will enable you to work with an organization aligned with the principles of human rights and your own personal and professional commitments to social justice.


Earning the B.A. in Human Rights Practice will build core capabilities including:

  • foundational knowledge
  • critical perspectives  
  • writing competencies
  • advocacy skills
  • analytical abilities
  • grant writing
  • testimony gathering
  • documentary production
  • experience in “real-world” contexts


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
  • Policy programs
  • Media


Courses in the B.A. in Human Rights Practice offer extensive interaction between students and leading practitioners from around the globe through several video conferences in each course. Project-based learning enables students to complete real-world projects alongside work with community members through independent studies, internships, and the Capstone course.  The core curriculum includes the courses listed below. For further information, please see the page on the Human Rights BA Major and Minor Requirements.


An introduction to human rights, especially through community engagement. Students are introduced to the history and theory of human rights as well as a range of current issues. Students also complete a mini-placement within a community organization and are oriented towards ethical, political, and cultural issues in working with community groups to advance human rights.
This course exposes students to the pivotal roles that stories play in human rights work, including conveying testimonies, education, and marketing human rights abuses. The course looks at fictional and non-fictional stories told through a variety of media and analyze important ethical and political issues associated with human rights testimonies.
This course delves into four or five current human rights issues examining the social, political, cultural, and historical causes. It also examines social movements and other means for addressing the human rights issue. Students will also have the opportunity to explore other current issues of their interest.
This course examines historical and current issues in the US through a human rights lens. Will examine efforts historically and in the present to improve the human rights conditions in the US. Will also consider the relationship between the US and the UN and regional human rights treaty bodies as well as prospects for future change.
The course integrates experiential opportunities for students, so they integrate theory and practice, and connect more effectively with their community. Emphasis is on developing skills and an ethos for working with marginalized community.
This course provides an in-depth examination of national, regional, and international human rights organizations. It also considers non-governmental organizations. Emphasis is placed on recent critical perspectives that have sought to revitalize these organizations by being more attentive to the needs and voices of marginalized communities.