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    An interdisciplinary approach to thinking about Human Rights.

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"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity." - Nelson Mandela

The interdisciplinary Human Rights Studies minor provides students with a fuller understanding of the origins, theories, and contemporary realities of human rights through the exploration of multiple intellectual spaces of human rights discourse. Having an understanding of human rights will help students to address issues such as migration and refugees, ethnic cleansing and genocide, discrimination, terrorism, poverty, children’s rights, surveillance, torture, humanitarian intervention, armed conflict, punishment, and more.  

Although the breadth of this program complements majors across the disciplinary spectrum, it is particularly valuable for those majoring in fields related to society, politics, and the law, such as Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, and Anthropology.  Not only is it relevant to those students seeking careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, it is well-suited for those who have an interest in human rights research and advocacy both locally and globally. The Human Rights Studies minor is ideally suited for students who want to put their knowledge and skills to use through local internships and study abroad programs available to UNO students. It will also serve to enhance research skills and experiences for students who plan to pursue further education in graduate programs.

Participating Programs

The departments, programs and colleges that contribute to your understanding of Human Rights are:

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Black Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foreign Languages & Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Latino/ Latin
    American Studies
  • Native American Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women's & Gender Studies

College of Business Administration

  • Finance Baking & Real Estate

College of Education

  • Health, Physical Education &
    Recreation Teacher Education

College of Public Affairs & Community Service

  • Criminology & Criminal Justice

College of Fine Arts & Media

  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism & Media Communication
  • Theatre
  • Art & Art History