Experiential learning: gaining a real world perspective.

The Human Rights Studies Program requires all majors to fulfill an experiential learning requirement. This unique academic requirement creates opportunities for our students to get "real-world experience" in the field of human rights research, advocacy or policy. Students can fulfill this three semester hour experiential learning requirement by doing one of the following: internship, senior project, service-learning project, honors research thesis, or an independent study. We encourage our students to be creative is fulfilling this experiential learning requirement, and we support our students in finding such opportunities in Dayton, in Washington DC and other major US cities, as well as through study or service abroad programs. Examples of service and internship placements for our students include:

  • Catholic Social Services Refugee Resettlement Program
  • Invisible Children
  • Dayton Peace Prize Association
  • Dayton Neighborhood Housing Partnership
  • The Living Water Community
  • Daybreak Homeless Shelter
  • U.S. State Legislative Offices
  • U.S. State Attorney General Office
  • Cleveland Foundation
  • Miami Valley Fair Housing
  • Research Abroad in Egypt, Malawi and Rwanda


Students and children in MalawiStudent explores Malawi
The photos above were taken during a recent student summer research project on human rights and development
in the Republic of Malawi.