Human Rights Practice BA Major and Minor Requirements

The BA in Human Rights Practice provides students with a focused program of study in an important and growing field that is critical for addressing numerous socio-political issues.  The rigorous, critical, and place-based curriculum offers students extensive opportunities for community engagement including innovative new courses that mentor students in best practices for working with marginalized community members.  The program is designed to provide participants with the foundational knowledge, critical perspectives, and practical skills to advance human rights around the globe. 

Our curriculum focuses on place-based learning (despite being in an online environment) where students will apply course-based concepts and information to human rights issues in their communities.  Students will have the opportunity to engage with distinguished human rights stakeholders through videoconferences, internships, class projects, mentorships, and capstone projects. Our focus on project-based learning means that students will help produce white papers, webinars, shadow reports, and other forms of human rights work.  And, in our one-of-a-kind “Skills for Human Rights Work” course students will gain specific skills (such as writing grants, gathering testimonies, writing op-eds, producing documentaries) that will aid them in the human rights job market.  Students will graduate with a portfolio of applied work, a large network of contacts, and marketable skills for the practice and application of human rights. You can read more about these courses.

Major Requirements

The fully online Human Rights Practice BA consists of 120 total units, including foundation courses and other general education requirements.  At least 36 of these credits must be from Human Rights Practice core courses, with 21 of these credits being upper-level (i.e., 300-level or above).

The required core courses for the Human Rights Practice BA major are:

  • HRTS 200: Introduction to Human Rights (3 units)
  • HRTS 250: Current Issues in Human Rights (3 units)
  • HRTS 300:  Human Rights in the US (3 units)
  • HRTS 305: Human Rights Stories (3 units)
  • HRTS 400: Community Engagement for Human Rights (3 units)
  • HRTS 402: Skills for Human Rights Work (3 units)
  • HRTS 411: Strategic Litigation  (3 units)
  • HRTS 420: Community-Based Research for Human Rights (3 units)
  • One course in Regional Human Rights (e.g., HRTS 455: Human Rights in the Middle East) (3 units)
  • HRTS 499 (Independent Study/Internship) or 498 (Capstone) (3 units)


Also required for the Human Rights Practice BA major are at least 2 courses upper division human rights electives (6 units), such as

  • HRTS 401: Human Rights Organizations (3 units)
  • HRTS 495A: Human rights across contexts (3 units)
  • HRTS 496A:  Human Rights Crises (3 units)
  • HRTS 496B: Cutting edge advances in Human Rights (3 units)
  • HRTS 497A: Exploring Human Rights through Virtual Field Trips (3 units)
  • Students may also choose to do an Independent Study/Internship (HRTS 499) as an elective if they choose to do the Capstone (HRTS 498). 

Minor Requirements 

The Human Rights Practice BA minor require a minimum of 18 credits, 9 of which must be upper-level.  Required courses are:

  • HRTS 200, 3 Credits, Introduction to Human Rights
  • HRTS 305, 3 Credits, Human Rights Stories
  • HRTS 400, 3 Credits, Community Engagement for HRTS

Also required are 9 additional upper-division Human Rights Practice electives (see above) or other relevant upper-division course, with approval of the Director.