International Human Rights


Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies. It is available at the St. Louis home campus and at select international campuses. Please see the Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

More demanding than the international human rights minor but less demanding than the international human rights major, this certificate is well suited to students with a strong interest in human rights but who are majoring in another subject. As a stand-alone certificate, it is also appropriate for those students with a strong interest in human rights who have completed a BA or BS at another institution but who are not currently considering graduate or professional school.

The U.S. Department of Education defines Gainful Employment program criteria and data requirements. View this program's Gainful Employment Disclosures at to see important information about the education debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program. 

Special Requirements

Demonstration of competence in a foreign language equivalent to two years of college-level study is also required. (This requirement can be met by completing intermediate level II in a foreign language or by passing an intermediate-level proficiency examination and will be waived for students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English.)

Course Requirements

Core Courses

  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3590 Theories of Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 4500 Human Rights Field Experience (3 hours)

One course from each of the 3 following groups:

Group 1: History, Politics, and International Relations

  • HIST 2050 Topics in African History (3 hours)
  • HIST 2040 Topics in Latin American History (3 hours)
  • HIST 2070 Topics in Non-Western History (3 hours)
  • HRTS 2500 Current Problems in Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3 hours)
  • POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • POLT 2550 The Politics of the Developing World (3 hours)
  • INTL 1500 The World System Since 1500 (3 hours)
  • INTL 2030 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 3300 Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe (3 hours)

Group 2: Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ANTH 1100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ANTH 4260 Globalization (3 hours)
  • ANTH 4330 Gender and Sex (3 hours)
  • SOCI 4475 Class, Status and Power (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3130 Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3210 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3600 Topics in Mass Violence (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business (3 hours)

Group 2: Communications, English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

  • ENGL 1060 Protest Literature (3 hours)
  • HRTS 2086 Topics in Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3080 Advanced Topics in Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3160 Human Rights in Film: Documentaries (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3170 Human Rights in Film: Narrative Films (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3200 Human Rights Area Studies (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3400 Human Rights and the Environment (3 hours)
  • MULC 1100 Introduction to Multicultural Studies (3 hours)
  • MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in the Media (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems: Emphasis in Human Rights Issues (3 hours)
  • RELG 2050 Religion and Human Values (3 hours)