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Students who are passionate about being involved in a world where all persons are valued and respected find that they can help create positive change with an international human rights degree. 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.

Undergraduate Studies in Human Rights

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 (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.

Details of Webster's International Human Rights degree programs

The 42-credit hour International Human Rights bachelor's degree at Webster University seeks to encourage greater understanding of international human rights standards, problems and solutions.

Required Courses

  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 2500 Current Problems in Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 2800 Methods of Inquiry (3 hours)
    or INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry (3 hours)
    or ANSO 2850 Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3590 Theories of Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 4500 Human Rights Field Experience (3 hours)
  • HRTS 4600 Overview (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2300 Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours)
    or POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory (3 hours)

Elective Courses

18 credit hours from among the following, including at least 9 credit hours from courses with an HRTS prefix:

  • ANSO 1050 Global Social Problems (3 hours)
  • ANSO 2300 Social Movements (3 hours)
  • ANSO 3130 Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • ANSO 3340 NGOs in a Global Arena (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4175 Globalization (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4250 Class, Status and Power (3 hours)
  • ENGL 1060 Protest Literature (3 hours)
  • ETHC 1000 Issues and Problems in Ethics (1 hour)
  • 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 (1-3 hours)
  • HRTS 3210 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3400 Human Rights and the Environment (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3600 Topics in Mass Violence (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business (3 hours)
  • ISTL 1000 Introduction to International Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 1500 The World System since 1500 (3 hours)
  • INTL 2030 International Law (3 hours)
  • MDST 2800 Media, Diversity and Society (3 hours)
  • MULC 1100 Introduction to Multicultural Studies (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2340 Bioethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2400 Human Rights and Animal Rights (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3340 Global Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3360 Global Information Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3370 Feminist Philosophy (3 hours)
  • POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • POLT 2550 The Politics of the Developing World (3 hours)
  • RELG 3051 Religion and Human Rights (3 hours)
  • WGST 2610 Women, Gender and Sexuality in Social Justice Organizations (3 hours)
  • WGST 2620 Women and the Law (3 hours)
  • WGST 4220 Gender, Justice and Human Rights (3 hours)

Required Core Courses

  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 2500 Current Problems in Human Rights (3 hours)

Elective Courses

Students may choose 12 credit hours from the following, including at least 6 credit hours with an HRTS prefix:

  • 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 (1-3 hours)
  • HRTS 3210 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3400 Human Rights and the Environment (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3590 Theories of Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3600 Topics in Mass Violence (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business (3 hours)
  • HRTS 4500 Human Rights Field Experience (3 hours)
  • ANSO 1050 Global Social Problems (3 hours)
  • ANSO 2300 Social Movements (3 hours)
  • ANSO 3130 Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • ANSO 3340 NGOs in a Global Arena (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4175 Globalization (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4250 Class, Status and Power (3 hours)
  • ENGL 1060 Protest Literature (3 hours)
  • ETHC 1000 Issues and Problems in Ethics (3 hours)
  • INTL 1500 The World System since 1500 (3 hours)
  • INTL 2030 International Law (3 hours)
  • ISTL 1000 Introduction to International Studies (3 hours)
  • MDST 2800 Media, Diversity and Society (3 hours)
  • MULC 2010 American Cultural Pluralism (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2340 Bioethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2400 Human Rights and Animal Rights (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3340 Global Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3360 Global Information Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3370 Feminist Philosophy (3 hours)
  • POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • POLT 2550 The Politics of Development (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3225 Holocaust (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3275 Genocide (3 hours)
  • RELG 3051 Religion and Human Rights (3 hours)
  • WGST 2610 Women, Gender and Sexuality in Social Justice Organizations (3 hours)
  • WGST 2620 Women and the Law (3 hours)
  • WGST 4220 Gender, Justice and Human Rights (3 hours)

This 18-credit hour 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.

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

  • HRTS 2500 Current Problems in Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3 hours)
  • ANSO 3340 NGOs in a Global Arena (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)
  • WGST 2620 Women and the Law (3 hours)

Group 2: Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ANSO 1060 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ANSO 2300 Social Movements (3 hours)
  • ANSO 3130 Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4175 Globalization (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4250 Class, Status and Power (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)
  • WGST 4220 Gender, Justice and Human Rights (3 hours)

Group 3: 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)
  • MDST 2800 Media, Diversity and Society (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems: Emphasis in Human Rights Issues (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2400 Human Rights and Animal Rights (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3340 Global Ethics (3 hours)
  • RELG 3051 Religion and Human Rights (3 hours)

Alumni Success and Job Outlook

  • Jobs for social and community service managers are predicted to increase 15% through 2030. As of May 2021, the median annual pay for social and community service managers is $74,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
  • Jobs for technical writer are predicted to increase 12% through 2030. As of May 2021, the median annual pay for technical writer is $78,060 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
  • Jobs for political scientists are predicted to increase 9% through 2030. As of May 2021, the median annual pay for political scientists is $122,510 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).

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