Human Rights Studies

Welcome

The University of Dayton established the nation’s first undergraduate human rights studies program in 1998. More than one hundred students have graduated from the program and pursued careers as human rights advocates and academics or humanitarian professionals in legal, governmental and nonprofit sectors.

Housed in the Department of Political Science, the Human Rights Studies Program offers the B.A. in Human Rights Studies, an interdisciplinary pre-professional degree firmly grounded in traditional liberal arts. Students, faculty, and staff participating in the program enter into it guided by their fundamental commitment to respect and promote the dignity of each human person. The Program also offers a Minor in Human Rights Studies that students can integrate with any degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and even across units, making degrees in business, engineering or education all the more distinctive.

2019 Women of UD: Trailblazers
Dr. Natalie Hudson
Human Rights Scholar.
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In the News
Human Rights 12.03.18
Human Rights Alumni

McLean Johnson ’12 is one of several alumni showcasing the wide range of career possibilities available to graduates of the University of Dayton’s landmark human rights studies program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

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Human Rights 01.28.19
Moral Courage Project: El Paso

University of Dayton students traveled to El Paso, Texas, in May 2018 to interview and photograph human rights advocates, community leaders and faith leaders about their commitment to immigration rights work at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Human Rights 07.19.18
Mass Appeal of Human Rights

A new book out this month by Joel R. Pruce, University of Dayton assistant professor of human rights, details the evolution of human rights into a mainstream moral cause.

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Internships and Opportunities

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Learn real-world skills with internships, service-learning, research, student leadership and professional networking.

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CONTACT

Human Rights Studies Program

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1425
937-229-3626
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