Last updated Novemeber 16, 2016
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA)
Type of Program: Human Rights, Genocide, and Holocaust Studies Sequence
While there is no official major in Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College offers “sequences” which are courses and research opportunities relating to a topic. The Human Rights, Genocide, and Holocaust Studies sequence requires completion of 5 courses and an internship. CMC has a Human Rights center which offers internships, research opportunities, and sponsors the Human Rights, Genocide, and Holocaust Studies Sequence. Click to learn more.
Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
Type of Program: Undergraduate Human Rights Fellowship
In partnership with the Program on Human Rights, a Human Rights Fellowship program has been launched. These fellowships, which are offered only to Stanford undergraduates, are intended to enable students to make a valuable contribution to human rights theory and practice. Offered to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, grants will be given to four undergraduates who will partner with human rights organizations, government agencies, NGOs, or international organizations (either here or abroad). Click to learn more.
University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Type of Program: Woman PeaceMakers Program
As one of the Institute for Peace and Justice’s flagship programs, the Women PeaceMakers program documents the stories and best practices of international women leaders who are involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in their home countries. Women on the front lines of efforts to end violence and secure a just peace seldom record their experiences, activities and insights, as generally there is no time, or, perhaps, no formal education that would help them record their work. Click to learn more.
University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Type of Program: Human Rights Film Festival
We plan to celebrate our fourteenth anniversary with an excellent program! In keeping with the social justice mission of USF, the Human Rights Film Festival seeks to make the university a center for the promotion of human rights, as well as a platform to raise consciousness to the violations and abuses of human rights in the U.S. and elsewhere around the globe. Following our tradition, we will open with shorts produced by USF students. This year’s films address human rights abuses in locations as varied as the U.S., Indonesia, Bolivia, Sinai, Eritrea, Syria, Hawaii, and Mexico. The issues highlighted include: political repression, torture, genocide, killings and disappearances, refugees, migrations, environmental destruction, mining and indigenous women, LGBT rights, and gun violence. Click to learn more.
Schools in the U.S.
Founded in 1989, the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building. HRAP capitalizes on its affiliation with Columbia University and its location in New York City to provide grassroots leaders the tools, knowledge, access, and networks to promote the realization of human rights and strengthen their respective organizations. HRAP’s comprehensive program of advocacy, networking, skills-building, and academic coursework provides advocates the opportunity to hone practical skills, develop a deeper understanding of human rights, and foster mutually beneficial relationships with organizations and individuals in their respective fields. Click to learn more.
George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Type of Program: GW-Oxford International Human Rights Law Program
The GW-Oxford program in International Human Rights Law is offered jointly by the University of Oxford and The George Washington University Law School and is held in Oxford in July. It is intended to prepare students to contribute to the improvement of human rights conditions in their homelands and around the world. During the program’s four-week session, an internationally recognized faculty offers courses on the philosophy, history, doctrine, and practice of international human rights law. The program emphasizes advocacy and dissemination skills, as well as formal knowledge of human rights law, the means of its enforcement, and its status in a contentious world. Click to learn more.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
Type of Program: Program on Human Rights and Justice
The MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice (PHRJ) is a collaborative effort between the Center for International Studies and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. PHRJ aims to encourage the creation of a cutting-edge inter-disciplinary environment at MIT for research, teaching, curricular development and real-world application in human rights and justice. It has a broad focus that goes beyond human rights in the formal legal sense to encompass a variety of approaches to securing rights and justice in today’s world. Click to learn more.
Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)
Type of Program: Embrey Human Rights Program
The Embrey Human Rights Program (EHRP) is an interdisciplinary endeavor dedicated to providing opportunities for promoting, defending, and extending human rights in the DFW area and in the world. EHRP is located in the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The program is directed by Dr. Rick Halperin, a life-long human rights activist and educator, and is staffed by a team of experienced human rights professionals. As the premier human rights organization in higher education, EHRP seeks to help individuals near and far advance their dreams – dreams of justice, of dignity, of making their lives matter, of never again having to feel desperate and afraid. Click to learn more.
Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Type of Program: Seminar in Global Leadership
The McDonnell Academy International Leadership Institute (MAILI) Seminar in Global Leadership is a five-week, summer course for undergraduate students from across the United States and around the world. This course takes an innovative, comprehensive, and unconventional approach to the concept of leadership, borrowing from disciplines such as behavioral psychology, neuroscience, organizational behavior, and English literature. This course also addresses pressing global concerns each week such as energy, environment and public health, and is presented by experts in these fields. This multifaceted approach to the issues of leadership more optimally addresses the complex demands on leaders in the 21st century. Click to learn more.
Salzburg Law School (Salzburg, Austria)
Type of Program: International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law, and Human Rights Law
The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) is an intensive summer course for participants who wish to advance their knowledge in international criminal law and related fields. SLS was founded by Prof. Otto Triffterer at the University of Salzburg in 1999. The programme disseminates knowledge, promotes understanding, and encourages critical discourse of international criminal law as it stands and as it is evolving. Click to learn more.
University College Roosevelt (Middleburg, the Netherlands)
Type of Program: Four Freedoms Summer Program
The Four Freedoms Summer Program is an annual series of human rights courses for (under)graduate students and practitioners organized by HREA and University College Roosevelt (UCR). Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four Freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear were a major inspiration for the modern human rights movement and were incorporated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) as drafted by the UN Commission on Human Rights, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt. Click to learn more.