Human Rights

UW Bothell

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Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

UW Seattle

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Law, Societies
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American Ethnic Studies




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UW Tacoma

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Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Tri-Campus Minor in Human Rights  |  Courses 2007-08
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Tri-Campus Minor in Human Rights

University of Washington

Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma

The University of Washington is fortunate to house one of the strongest human rights programs in the country. Students can choose from a rich selection of courses taught by scholars across the University's three campuses.

The growth in curriculum acknowledges the rising interest in, and prominence of, human rights throughout the world--even as human rights violations persist, and debate continues over the meaning and realization of human rights. Understanding of this complex subject requires an interdisciplinary approach, one that combines in a new way the study of philosophy, politics, economics, culture, and the law. Our curriculum draws from diverse schools, departments, and programs.

The University of Washington Tri-Campus Human Rights Minor gives students the opportunity to develop an expertise in this important field. The cross-campus structure permits students to take advantage of offerings on campuses where they are not regularly in residence, although the minor may be completed on any one campus.

Students Who Might Benefit from a Human Rights Minor

IAS or Political Science students who are applying to law school;

IAS, International Studies or Area Studies students who want to work in international human rights NGOs or humanitarian non-profits;

IAS or Society and Justice students who are interested in working in government;

Business students who are interested in the issue of globalization of industry and labor;

Nursing students who are interested in health and justice issues or who are interested in international health;

Anthropology students interested in the relationship between culture and international law;

Women Studies students who are interested in women’s rights as human rights and the impact of the gendered state on women and labor;

Biology or Pre-Med students who are interested in science in the service of human rights or international humanitarian relief;

Environmental Science students who are interested in environmental justice issues or environmental law.

Credit Requirements for the Human Rights Minor

Credit requirements for the Human Rights Minor may be fulfilled by earning at least 25 credits from classes or programs taken at one or more of the three campuses of the University of Washington. Students may take classes from one campus, from more than one campus, or from all three campuses to fulfill the credit requirements.

Minimum Credit Requirements

    1.    At least ten (10) credits from classes in which human rights is a core concept, from the following list:

    UW Bothell

    UW Seattle