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Undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota can get involved in human rights in a number of ways.

Global Studies Concentration

Students interested in pursuing a degree with a focus in human rights can earn a BA in global studies with a thematic concentration in human rights and justice. Global studies majors are required to select a theme as well as a regional concentration, allowing majors to specialize in human rights issues within a particular area of the world.  

Human Rights Courses

The University also offers individual human rights-oriented classes. Each semester, the Human Rights Program compiles a list of courses relevant to human rights.

Career Exploration

Beyond the University, the Human Rights Program encourages students to pursue internships and career opportunities with human rights NGOs around the Twin Cities. Many student interns have transitioned into full-time jobs with these organizations.

We also encourage students interested in human rights to volunteer with related on-campus research projects or conduct their own research. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides undergraduate funding opportunities for faculty-mentored research.