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  • The Institute for Human Rights (IHR) at UAB was established in 2016 and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • This degree program is the only undergraduate major in human rights in the state of Alabama and in the Deep South.

About the Program

Do you want to make a difference in the world? With a degree in Human Rights, you can gain the knowledge and skills to turn your passion for justice into a profession and promote a more equitable future for all.

This degree program combines lessons in multiple disciplines such as ethics, political science, anthropology, and philosophy for a multi-faceted approach to human rights and the pursuit of justice. Plus, this program offers the unique opportunity to study civil rights through the lens of Birmingham’s own significant history in the Civil Rights Movement. Furthermore, you can study many areas of human rights advocacy—including social, political, educational, and health—while also developing skills in research, critical thinking, and analysis, which can translate to various career fields. Finally, choose between either a research-focused capstone project or an internship with on-campus and off-campus opportunities to apply your human rights education in a professional work environment.

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This program delivers most of its content via on-campus, in-person meetings.

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