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Academic Programs

Graduate Certificate Course Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Human Rights requires a minimum total of 12 credits, consisting of 1 core course and 3 electives, as detailed below. It is recommended that students take core courses first before moving on to elective courses. Core courses cover the main historical, philosophical and legal questions in human rights. Elective courses allow students to branch out into the various subfields of human rights such as indigenous and cultural rights, economic rights, and human rights in Latin America and Europe. Certificate courses do not require pre-requisites, except for ‘Advanced Constitutional Law’ as indicated.

(One required)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-Storrs Campus
  • HRTS 5301: Contemporary Debates in Human Rights
UConn Law School-Hartford
  • LAW 7878: International Human Rights
School of Social Work-Hartford
  • SWEL 5385: Human Right and Social Work

(Approved courses for certificate)

CLAS Storrs Campus


  • ANTH 5305: Health and Human Rights (Special Topics Course)
  • ANTH 5305: Dignity and Health (Special Topics Course)
  • ANTH 5315: Gender and Culture
  • ANTH 5377/PH 5497: Anthropology and International Health
  • ANTH 5390: Cultural Rights
  • ANTH 5391: Human Rights in a Diverse World

School of Business

  • BLAW/BADM 5254: Managing the Future of Social Enterprise

Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

  • CLCS 5317: Classical Rhetoric & the Institution of Slavery (Special Topics Course)
  • CLCS 5317/GERM 5314 :War and Literature 1914-2014 (Special Topics Course)
  • CLCS 5317/GERM 5345: Theater and Human Rights

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

  • EDCI 5094: Human Rights and Social Justice in Education


  • ECON 5128: Economic Rights
  • ECON 5473: Economic Development
  • ECON 6473: Economic Development [Prereq: ECON 5311: Econometrics I]


  • ENGL 6540: Seminar in Literature and Human Rights

German Studies

  • GERM 6480/ CLCS 5317: Literature and Human Rights
  • GERM 6480 German-African Connections (Special Topics)
  • GERM 5314/CLCS 5317 :War and Literature 1914-2014
  • GERM 5345/CLCS 5317: Theater and Human Rights


  • HIST 5195: The Origins and Evolution of the Genocide Debate
  • HIST 5622: Historical Literature of Latin America: Human Rights in the late Twentieth Century

Human Rights

  • HRTS 5095: Teaching Human Rights
  • HRTS 5899: Seminar in Variable Topics in Human Rights


  • PHIL 5315: Seminar in Moral Philosophy

Political Science

  • POLS 5010 : Gender Inequalities, Gender Policies, and Gender Rights
  • POLS 5010: The Politics of Torture
  • POLS 5010: Critical War Studies
  • POLS 5115: Theories of Human Rights
  • POLS 5322: Assessing Human Security


  • SOCI 5515: Sociology of Immigration
  • SOCI 5801 Political Sociology
  • SOCI 5806: Theories of the State
  • SOCI5895: Human Rights
  • SOCI 5895: Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights
  • SOCI 5895: Contesting Development – Southern Epistemologies
  • SOCI 5896: Sexual Citizenship


  • SPAN 6402: Literary and Cultural Theory and the Hispanic Tradition: War and Modernity in Latin American Literature and Culture

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • WGSS 5398: Gender and War
School of Social Work
  • SWEL 5317 Women, Children, and Families: Policies and Programs
  • SWEL 5318 Child Adolescent Trauma & Mental Health
  • SWEL 5345 International Development
  • SWEL 5348 International Social Work Global Issues
  • SWEL 5350 Comparative Social Welfare Policy between the U.S. and the 2nd World
  • SWEL 5360 Economic Justice: Labor and Social Work
  • SWEL 5375 War, Militarism and Social Work
UConn Law School
  • LAW 7558: Human Rights and Intellectual Property
  • LAW 7592 Health and Human Rights (cross listed with PUBH 5497)
  • LAW 7609: Asylum & Human Rights Clinic [open only to Law School students. only 3 credit classroom component counts towards Certificate]
  • LAW 7653: European Human Rights
  • LAW 7655: Employment Discrimination Law
  • LAW 7672: Immigration Law
  • LAW 7679: International Law
  • LAW 7695: Philosophy of Human Rights
  • LAW 7755:Accountability and Compliance in Criminal and International Law
  • LAW 7759: The Nuremburg Trials
  • LAW 7814: Refugee Law
  • LAW 7815: Worker’s Rights in a Global Economy
  • LAW 7831: Comparative Constitutional Law
  • LAW 7838: Advanced Constitutional Law: Individual Rights [pre-requisite Constitutional Law]
  • LAW 7872: Latin American Law
  • LAW 7883: Human Rights and Post Conflict Justice
  • LAW 7927-01: Law and the Welfare State

[Note: The most suitable courses at the Law School for students from CLAS at Storrs are LAW 7653, LAW 7679, LAW 7872, LAW 7759, and LAW 7883.]

Current Course Offerings

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