Human Rights

Program Description


The certificate provides students with historical, legal and philosophical perspectives from which to think broadly and critically about human rights issues. Course work will prepare students to design solutions to dilemmas such as:

  • child welfare
  • economic development
  • education
  • environment
  • health
  • indigenous rights
  • labor rights
  • violence against women
  • water and energy resources
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Degree Requirements

Students must complete 18 hours of qualifying course work, at least 12 hours of which must be from ASU. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) is required for a course to count toward the certificate.

Required Certificate Core Courses:

Global Politics of Human Rights (3) (students must select one of the following courses):
JUS 352 The Global Politics of Human Rights (3)
POS 368 Ethics and Human Rights (3)
POS 480 Global Justice, G (3)

Human Rights Institutions and Organizations (3) (students must select one from the following options):
JUS 394 Topic: Human Rights Organizations and Institutions (3)
HON 494 Topic: International Human Rights Law (3) (open to Barrett students only)
POS 465 International Organization and Law, SB, G (3)
SGS 321 International Institutions and Global Governance (3)

Interdisciplinary Component (9)
Students must select three electives on current issues in human rights. Courses must be taken from at least two of the substantive areas listed below and from two or more academic units. Any course listed below may count toward this requirement, as well as other courses as approved by the certificate program director.

Marginalization and Human Rights
AFR 301/JUS 300 Race and Racism in the Africa/African Diaspora, SB, G (3)
AFR 304/JUS 304 Islands of Globalization: Caribbean Politics and Political Economy, SB, G, H (3)
AFR 420 Race, Ethnicity and Politics in the African Diaspora, SB, G (3)
APA 330/WST 331 Asian Pacific American Genders and Sexualities, SB, C (3)
APA 360 Asian Pacific American Experience, HU or SB, C (3)
ASB/SBS/SOC/POS 339 Grassroots Social Movements, SB (3)
JUS 430 Social Protest, Conflict and Change, L or SB, C (3)
JUS 438 Human Differences: Dilemmas of Justice, L or HU, C (3)
JUS 456 Human Rights and Sustainability, L or SB, G (3)
JUS 468 Protest, Justice, Law and the Media, SB (3)
JUS 469 Political Deviance and the Law, L or SB, C (3)
JUS/POS 473/REL 482 Religion, Violence and Conflict Resolution (3)
POS 480 Global Justice, G (3)
REL 388 Religion, Ethics and International Politics (3)
SGS 343/REL 379 Religion, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, HU, G (3)
SOC 445 Globalization, Development and Resistance, SB, G (3)
WST 313 Women and Sexuality SB, C (3)
WST 345 Gender, Religion, and Global Violence, SB, G (3)
WST 378 Global Feminist Theory, L, C, G (3)
WST/ASB 410/SSH 400 Poverty, Social Justice and Global Health, L or SB, G (3)

Social Stratification and Human Rights
AFR 305 The Global History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, SB, H (3)
AFR 470 Women's International Human Rights (3)
APA/CDE/SOC 350/TCL 360/JUS 365 Inequality and Diversity in Education, L, C (3)
JUS 321 Wealth Distribution and Poverty, SB, C (3)
JUS 325 Globalization and Socio-Economic Justice, SB, G (3)
JUS 405 Economic Justice, L or SB, G (3)
JUS 415 Gender and International Development, L, G (3)
JUS 477 Youth and Justice, L or SB, (3)
PHI 336 Social and Political Philosophy, HU (3)
WST 365 Women and International Health, G (3)
WST 470 Gender and Popular Culture, HU, C (3)

States and Conflict
HST 370 Eastern Europe in Transition, SB, G, H (3)
HST 436 The Soviet Experiment, SB, G, H (3)
JUS 374 The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights (3)
JUS 452 Justice Issues in Israel and Palestine: The Political is Personal (3)
JUS 467 Terrorism, War and Justice, SB (3)
JUS 469 Political Deviance and the Law, L or SB, C (3)
JUS 479 Law and Disputing, L or SB (3)
JUS 494 Justice in Times of Transition (3)
PHI 448 Justice and Reparations (3)
POS 368 Ethics and Human Rights (3)
POS 465 International Organizations and Law, SB, G (3)
REL 388 Religion, Ethics and International Politics (3)
REL 486 Holocaust on Film (3)
SGS 340 Violence, Conflict and Human Rights (3)
SPA 472 Spanish American Civilization, HU, H, G (3)

Experiential Learning Component (3)
Students will choose one of the following, in consultation with the advisor:

JUS 484 Internship (3)
JUS 498 Topic: Research Apprenticeship (3)

Admission Requirements

Students who have attained junior standing (56 credit hours) in any undergraduate degree program in any field at ASU are eligible for admission to the certificate in human rights. There are no formal admission procedures to begin certificate course work, but students should contact the certificate in human rights program director or an advisor as soon as they decide to begin pursuing the certificate.