International Human Rights

Students who are passionate about being involved in a world where all persons are valued and respected find that they can help create positive changes in the International Human Rights degree program.

Webster University is a leader in human rights education. Courses are taught by faculty from across the Webster community, and students have opportunities to interact with human rights practitioners and scholars affiliated with leading non-governmental organizations, think tanks, state governments, and United Nations offices.

Graduate-Level Studies:

The Master of Arts (MA) in International Human Rights program takes an interdisciplinary approach to human rights in practice, utilizing the contributions of divers disciplines such as international public policy, international law, global business, and international organizations to give students a broad conception of human rights practice for careers in these disciplines.

Undergraduate Studies:

Offering one of the only undergraduate human rights degrees in the United States, interdisciplinary courses are taught by faculty from across the Webster community and co-curricular events bring leading scholars and activists to Webster campuses. Undergraduates may also pursue the minor or certificate option to incorporate human rights into their area of study.

Webster's human rights degree 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, & 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.

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