Study International Human Rights

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Webster University is a leader in human rights education, offering one of the only undergraduate human rights degrees in the United States. Its program in International Human Rights also offers a minor and a certificate option for students who would like to incorporate human rights into their area of study, as well as a Master’s degree program at the London campus. Interdisciplinary courses are taught by faculty from across the Webster community, and co-curricular events sponsored by the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies often bring leading scholars and activists to Webster campuses. Webster students may also learn more about human rights while studying abroad, editing an international journal of human rights called Righting Wrongs, and helping to organize the Annual Human Rights Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Webster’s human rights program was launched in 2005, thanks to a Title VI grant and the dedication of the late Professor Art Sandler (Philosophy) and Professor Kelly-Kate Pease (History, Politics, and International Relations). The certificate option, which was first offered during the 1996-97 academic year, established the program's tradition of interdisciplinarity and cross-campus collaboration. Today, human rights courses may be identified by their HRTS prefix, and human rights course options are offered at a number of Webster's campuses around the world. Human rights graduates may undertake graduate studies related to human rights, as well as undertake rights-focused work at non-governmental organizations, government offices, corporations, and educational institutions.

Intensive faculty collaboration across Webster’s network of global campuses led to the creation of its Masters of Arts degree program in International Human Rights. The program launched at the London campus in Fall 2014, where many graduate students already studied International Relations and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs). The new program in International Human Rights combines the study of theory and law with building additional skills necessary for working in this diverse, interdisciplinary field. Graduates of the M.A. program may undertake work with state governments, the United Nations, INGOs, research institutions, and other advocates for human rights protection.

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