Human Rights minor

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The Human Rights minor is an option for students who are interested in this rapidly emerging field of study. This is a coordinated tri-campus initiative (UW Tacoma, UW Seattle and UW Bothell). Students benefit from being able to choose from many courses on different campuses, as well as meeting and collaborating with students from other programs. Students may, but are not required to, take courses from more than one campus in order to earn the minor.

Who may benefit from the minor:

  • Students who are applying to law school;
  • Students who want to work in international human rights NGOs (non-governmental agencies) or humanitarian nonprofits;
  • Students who want to work in government;
  • Students who are interested in the relationship between culture and international law;
  • Students who are interested in women's rights as human rights and the impact of the gendered state on women and labor;
  • Students who are interested in environmental justice issues, environmental law or science in the service of human rights or international humanitarian relief;
  • Students who are Business students interested in the issue of globalization and labor;
  • Students who are Nursing students interested in health and justice issues or international health.

The SIAS majors have been designed to allow a student earn a minor without additional credits beyond that required for graduation. With proper planning, most of the SIAS majors will work well with the human rights minor. See your program advisor for further details.

Declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor. For questions about the minor, contact the Human Rights minor coordinator, Associate Professor Michael Forman.

Human Rights minor course requirements

All courses in the minor must be completed with a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Students are highly encouraged to take courses from the other two campuses as well as UW Tacoma to complete this minor. The expertise available on all three campuses has the potential to make the experience a richer one, providing more choices for internships and specialization of study within the minor. This information is provided for those students who want a summary of the UW Tacoma offerings.

This minor requires 25 credits.

List A: 10 credits

List B: 5 credits

Courses concerned with human rights in a broader context (poverty, race/ethnicity, gender, labor, social change)

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Ten additional credits from List A or B

At least three (3) credits in a human rights related internship, practicum, study abroad or equivalent

TIAS 496 Internship

Important note for students who choose the internship option: human rights internships have as their primary objective learning about human rights work and facilitating a synthesis between classroom learning and practical engagement. Appropriate human rights internships may be supervised by any University of Washington faculty member. Students who choose this route to fulfill the minor’s requirements must find an appropriate internship and register for TIAS 496 Internship. The new Human Rights Minor form MUST be stapled to the TIAS 496 Internship form when you submit it to the IAS program if you want the internship to count for the minor. Be sure to have supervising faculty sign it or your minor may be incomplete.

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