Minors & Certificates
International Human Rights
What is International Human Rights?
The international human rights certificate (IHRC) is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the wide array of issues – both past and present – concerning the protection of human dignity. Approaching the study of human rights as an international phenomenon with local dimensions, the IHRC urges students to think critically about human rights while preparing them for potential future roles in the field of human rights advocacy. The IHRC curriculum concentrates especially on international norms, laws, institutions, politics and social movements that have developed primarily since World War II to address such issues as genocide, poverty, torture, racism, refugees, political disenfranchisement, forced labor, oppression based on gender or sexual orientation, human trafficking and other gross violations of human rights.
In partnership with the Morgan Institute for Human Rights at the UC College of Law, the IHRC curriculum includes dozens of courses taught by faculty members from a broad range of departments and programs in A&S and across UC.
Success as a student requires effective communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to engage in critical thinking, self-discipline, maturity, people skills and information technology literacy. Competing human rights values pose ethical and policy dilemmas that must be resolved by clear moral reasoning. The most effective human rights advocates also have a strong commitment to the rule of law, a clear sense of justice, empathy for the oppressed, a solid grasp of history and commitment to public service.
IHRC recipients have pursued graduate degrees in preparation for careers in law, education and public service.
Full time opportunities for human rights work may be found in:
- Government agencies, including the Justice Department and Department of State
- International intergovernmental organizations such as the U.N.
- Non-governmental organizations and institutions, such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House, that address issues of forced labor, genocide, racism, torture, trafficking, violence against women and other gross violations of human rights
- Private firms that specialize in representing victims of human rights
In addition many graduates with other employers may find their careers involve human rights issues that arise in the workplace and/or in their volunteer community service activities and religious communities.
Minoring in International Human Rights
A certificate in international human rights is an interdisciplinary credential comparable to a minor in an academic discipline, but UC does not offer either a major or a minor in human rights.
Area 1: Core Courses
Student must take these courses
|POL2089||International Human Rights||3|
|HIST3023||Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations, II||3|
Area 2: Requirement Details
Three important things to note -- Thematic Alignment, Flexibility with International Theme and Course Codes.
Students must obtain approval from the certificate director for their projects ahead of time, checking in with the director if the thematic focus of the project changes significantly at any point to ensure that the project remains eligible for IHRC credit.
Flexibility with International Theme
Because the certificate recognizes the local dimensions of international issues, a project (whether research or internship) may sometimes be deemed suitably international in scope even if it concentrates on or takes place within the U.S. Such projects may include, for example, those pertaining to immigration, human trafficking, or transnational labor or environmental activism.
If at all possible, a credit-bearing course code should be connected to the project. However, the director will consider petitions from students when this proves difficult. Some course codes commonly used by certificate students are listed in the Area 2 curricular offerings, but students are encouraged to identify appropriate courses and project through advisors in their own Major departments. If using a different course code than listed in the Area 2 curricular offerings, let the program director know the code.
Area 2: Research-Capstone or Internship
Students must complete one of the following three options to satisfy the requirement for this area: a senior research capstone project (typically connected to their major), internship, or international study program. Whichever of these options is chosen, it must be relevant to both the “international” and “human rights” themes referenced in the title of the certificate, something students should determine through communications with the certificate director as they begin to make their plans. Refer to “Area 2 Requirements in Detail” for further details.
|INT3001||Academic Internships for Multidisciplines - Semester 1||1 - 12|
|INT3090||Individual Academic Internship||6 - 12|
|INT3080||International Academic Internship||6 - 12|
|INT3021||Government and Nonprofit Academic Internships - Semester 1||2 - 6|
|INT3011||Corporate Academic Internships - Semester 1||2 - 6|
|POL4080||Individual Work: International Relations||1 - 4|
|HIST3160||History Internship||1 - 6|
|HIST4060||Public History Internship||1 - 6|
Take either HIST3198 or HIST4099. Individual Work
|1 - 3|
Area 3: Political, Legal and Historical Perspectives
Note students may take HIST 2061, 2081 and 3062 instead of the same-numbered es in AFST as these courses are cross-listed. With permission of departmental advisor, students may use independent work (POL4080) to satisfy this requirement.
|HIST4010||The Environmental Movement||3|
|AFST3062||History of South Africa||3|
|HIST3088||Global Protest Movements, 1960s-2000s||3|
|POL2064||Politics of South Asia||3|
|POL3062||Global religion and politics||3|
|HIST3087||Immigration Across the Disciplines||3|
|POL3086||War, Peace, Security, and Conflict in Asia||3|
|POL2071||Politics of the Middle East||3|
|HIST3022||Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations, I||3|
|AFST2081||Colonialism, Nationalism and Post-Colonial West African States||3|
|HIST4025||War on the U.S. Home Front||3|
|WGS4046||Transnational Feminist Movements||3|
|AFST2061||African History II: The Rise of Globalization and Africa, 1860 to Present||3|
|POL2088||International Law and Organization||3|
|POL2069||Politics of Developing Countries||3|
|PLAN6079||Social Justice and the City||3 - 4|
|PLAN4090||Global Perspectives in Urban Planning||3|
|HIST2037||God and Guns in Latin America||3|
|HIST2018||Gandhi in Myth and Indian Society||3|
|HIST3036||Black Liberation Struggles||3|
|HIST3154||The Reformation: Religious and Societal Upheaval at the Dawn of Modern Europe||3|
|HIST3091||Guatemala and the Cold War||3|
|HIST4002||From Natural Law to Human Rights?||3|
|HIST4107||Apartheid in South Africa: Power and Authority||3|
|HIST6025||Women in South Asia||3|
|POL2015||Women and Politics||3|
|POL2097||International Institutions: Responding to Global Threats||3 - 5|
|POL5165||Women and sustainable development||3 - 4|
|HIST1089||Human Rights & Security: Seeking Balance in a Free Society||3|
|WGS3050||Women, Gender, and the Law||3|
|HIST4088||The Nuclear World: Technology and History in the Atomic Age||3|
Inequalities and Resistances in Global Political Economy
Choose from POL5181/6081 or WGS4181/7081
Feminist International Politics
Choose from POL5190/6090 or WGS4190/7090
Critical Perspectives on War, Peace and Security
Choose from POL7091 or WGS7091
Area 4: Philosophical, Social and Cultural Perspectives
Students may use any of the following to meet this requirement if the course under consideration was not used to meet a requirement in another Area: HIST 2018, 3154, 4002.
|SOC2089||The Global Community: Cultural Diversity and Interaction||3|
|WGS4045||Feminisms in Comparative Perspective||3|
|GEOG1004||Introduction to Human Geography||3|
|PHIL2027||Contemporary Issues in Social and Political Philosophy||3|
|WGS3037||Women and Global Issues||3|
|PHIL1021||Moral and Political Ideas: Modern Europe||3|
|PHIL1022||Moral and Political Ideas: Contemporary Political Thought||3|
|SOC2076||War and Peace: A Global Cultural Approach||3|
|WGS4011||African Women's Literature, Culture, and History||3|
|JUDC3052||Gender and Judaism||3|
|WGS4029||Gender, Sexuality, and Culture||3|
|JUDC3030||Jews and Islam||3|
|WGS2071||Women and Religion||3|
|WGS4010||Third World Women's Literature, Culture, and History||3|
|AFST1027||Introduction to Modern Africa||3|
|WGS3037||Women and Global Issues||3|
|SPAN3085||Spanish Civilization I||3|
|WGS4040||International Women's Human Rights||3|
Area 5: Major Threats + Vulnerable Groups
Note students may choose HIST 3008 which is cross listed with AFST3008 or HIST2034 instead of JUDC 2034 with permission of departmental advisor. Students may use independent work (POL4080) to satisfy this requirement. Students may use any of the following to meet this requirement if the course under consideration was not used to meet a requirement in another Area: HIST 3036, 3067, 3091, 4107, or 6025; JUDC 3085; POL 2071, 3086, 5165.
|JUDC3085||Religion and Genocide||3|
|WGS2002||Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies||3|
|WGS4016||Latina and Latin American Feminisms||3|
|WGS3001||Current Issues: Gender & Film||3|
|HIST3017||Slavery in America||3|
|HIST4057||Gender and European Colonialism, 1500-1800||3|
|JUDC2056||Literature of the Holocaust||3|
|JUDC3082||Studies in the Holocaust||3|
|HIST3066||National Socialism and the Holocaust||3|
|HIST3077||Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe||3|
|JUDC2034||Judaism and Christianity in Conflict||3|
|JUDC2073||Film and Holocaust||3|
|ANTH3070||Peoples of the Balkans: Women and Men in Balkan Societies||3|
|WGS4044||Gender, Migration, and Citizenship||3|
|WGS4020||Environmental Justice and Equality||3|
|GEOG2031||Geography of the Middle East||3|
|HIST3009||Women, Sex, and Conquest in Latin America||3|
Migrant and Refugee Experience
Choose ENGL1015 or HIST1015
Student must complete the following 21 credit hours to earn this certificate.
Course Distribution Requirements
Take at least one course (of at least three credits) in each of the five areas listed below. After this is done, each additional course taken will be counted as an elective, and may be taken from any of the areas below.
Contact the program director, whose name and information appear on this page.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.
Certificate candidates are invited to special events sponsored by the College of Law’s Morgan Institute for Human Rights, including special dinners with distinguished visitors. Selected individuals have worked on the Human Rights Quarterly, a journal edited by the Morgan Institute. Others have had a range of study abroad and intern experiences as part of the program.
Candidates must apply for admission to the certificate program using the appropriate form found online. Students should enroll in the program before their senior year, but the program director will consider exceptions for applicants six months prior to graduation.
Non-matriculated students may take UC es and earn the IHRC without being enrolled in a degree program by following the online directions.
Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Undergraduate Certificate Degree in International Human Rights
Full-Time Program Duration
Uptown Campus West
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0373
Phone: (513) 556-2463
Dr. Stephen Porter