International Human Rights Major at Webster University, St. Louis, MO
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From the Webster University website, (2023): “Students who are passionate about being involved in a world where all persons are valued and respected find that they can help create positive change with an international human rights degree. Webster University is a leader in human rights education. Courses are taught by faculty from across the Webster community, and students have opportunities to interact with human rights practitioners and scholars affiliated with leading non-governmental organizations, think tanks, state governments and United Nations offices.
“Undergraduate Studies in Human Rights: Offering one of the only undergraduate human rights degrees in the United States, interdisciplinary courses are taught by faculty from across the Webster community and co-curricular events bring leading scholars and activists to Webster campuses. Undergraduates may also pursue the minor or certificate option to incorporate human rights into their area of study.
“Webster's human rights degree program was launched in 2005, thanks to a Title VI grant and the dedication of the late Professor Art Sandler (philosophy) and Professor Kelly-Kate Pease (international relations). The certificate option, which was first offered during the 1996-97 academic year, established the program's tradition of interdisciplinarity and cross-campus collaboration.
“Today, human rights courses may be identified by their HRTS prefix, and human rights course options are offered at a number of Webster's campuses around the world. Human rights graduates may undertake graduate studies related to human rights, as well as undertake rights-focused work at non-governmental organizations, government offices, corporations, and educational institutions.
“Webster University’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies combines support for teaching, research, and service to promote global citizenship among its students, staff, and alumni. With the University’s international footprint, we’re advancing the study of human rights issues, as well as advocacy for the protection and promotion of fundamental rights.
“We believe in the idea of a ‘human rights campus’ at Webster, which means that human rights education is not only for our majors and minors. Our focus on undergraduate research and programming makes us a vital human rights focal point in the Midwest. Our events bring leading scholars and practitioners to campus with the aim of engaging in human rights dialogue throughout our community.
“Undergraduate students share their research at our Research Across Disciplines (RAD) conference and human rights research papers and book reviews are published in the online journal Righting Wrongs: A Journal of Human Rights. We also have our own chapter of Amnesty International, which engages in campus activism throughout the academic year, as well as a variety of hybrid study abroad experiences around the world. Webster students also collaborate with a variety of non-governmental organizations to advocate for human rights in a plethora of ways, in St. Louis and beyond.”
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