The certificate program in human rights provides students with interdisciplinary tools and perspectives from history, law, political science, sociology and philosophy that can serve as a framework for thinking broadly and critically about human rights issues. Coursework and experiential learning opportunities prepare students for work protecting human rights, including:
- children's rights
- environmental human rights
- immigrant's rights
- the right to education
- the right to health care
- the right to housing
- the right to water and energy justice
- personal integrity rights
- sexuality rights
- worker's rights
- women's rights
Students must complete 18 credit hours of qualifying coursework, of which at least 12 credit hours must be upper division. At least 12 credit hours must be completed at ASU. Each course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.
Global Politics of Human Rights (select one) -- 3 credit hours
Human Rights Institutions and Organizations (select one) -- 3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary Component -- 9 credit hours
Upper Division Human Rights Electives (9)
Students select three electives on current issues in human rights. Courses must be taken from at least two of the substantive areas listed below and from two or more subjects. Other course options may be approved by an academic advisor in the School of Social Transformation.
Marginalization and Human Rights
Social Stratification and Human Rights
States and Conflict
Experiential Learning Component -- 3 credit hours
To better connect classroom learning with practical experience, students will be required to participate in either a for-credit internship with a human rights organization in the U.S. or abroad, or a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) under faculty supervision (honors thesis may substitute). A written component to the internship or REU is required.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.
In order to declare a certificate in human rights, students must first have a minimum of 30 earned credit hours.
A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
- Apply fundamental principles of human rights to research or community engagement.
- Employ the core concepts and methods used in studying human rights in their written work.
Human rights training can lead to a rewarding and meaningful career path as well as a professional degree. The following list of career options is not exhaustive; each offers unique opportunities, requirements, strategies and tools for social change:
- human rights activism coordinator
- human rights advocacy officer
- human rights campaigner
- human rights educator
- human rights fundraising specialist
- human rights grant writer
- human rights lawyer or legal officer
- human rights policy analyst
- human rights program officer
- human rights researcher or research assistant
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.
Social and Human Service Assistants
- Growth: 8.6%
- Median Salary*: 38520
Community Health Workers
- Growth: 14.1%
- Median Salary*: 46190
- Growth: 6.3%
- Median Salary*: 113940
Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers
- Growth: 4.6%
- Median Salary*: 71690
- Growth: 7.5%
- Median Salary*: 135740
Healthcare Social Workers
- Growth: 9.6%
- Median Salary*: 60280
Social and Community Service Managers
- Growth: 9.1%
- Median Salary*: 74240
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
- Growth: 5.3%
- Median Salary*: 50820
- Growth: 4.5%
- Median Salary*: 98590
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
- Growth: 10.6%
- Median Salary*: 51240
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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Concurrent degree programs are specially designed academic programs which provide high-achieving undergraduate students the opportunity to complete two distinct but complementary bachelor degrees at the same time. Students must meet minimum admissions standards for both programs and be accepted individually by both colleges offering the concurrent program.
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master's degree. These programs feature the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty.
ASU students may accelerate their studies by earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as five years (for some programs) or by earning a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 or 3 years.
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master’s degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor’s degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.
This is only the first required math course. This program may contain additional math courses; See Major Map for details.
The level of intensity represents a measure of the number and academic rigor of math courses required.
The level of intensity represents a measure of the number and academic rigor of math courses required. Courses included in the General level: MAT 142
The level of intensity represents a measure of the number and academic rigor of math courses required. Courses included in the Moderate level: MAT 117, MAT 119, MAT 170, MAT 210, SOS 101, CPI 200
The level of intensity represents a measure of the number and academic rigor of math courses required. Courses included in the Substantial level: MAT 251, MAT 265. MAT 266, MAT 267, MAT 270, MAT 271, MAT 272, MAT 274, MAT 275
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To add a certificate, please consult with the academic advisor for your major.
A rolling deadline means that applications will continue to be reviewed on a regular basis until the semester begins. International students should be mindful of visa deadlines to ensure there is time to produce necessary visa documents. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit application materials as soon as possible for consideration.
A final deadline means that all applications and application materials must be received by Graduate Admissions by the deadline date. Applications that are incomplete may not be considered after the final deadline. Applications that are submitted past the final deadline may not be considered.
A priority deadline means that applications submitted and completed before the priority deadline will receive priority consideration. Applications submitted after the priority deadlines will be reviewed in the order in which they were completed and on a space available basis. An application is complete after all materials are received by Graduate Admissions.