Graduate Certificate in Human Rights

Coleman, Nicole
Nicole Coleman | Ph.D Candidate German studies, Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages | GA Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

The Graduate Certificate in Human Rights offers graduate students the opportunity to develop a competency in human rights theory and practice, by taking courses taught by expert faculty from across UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, and School of Social Work.

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.

Core Courses

(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 Rights and Social Work

NEAG School of Education-Storrs Campus

  • EDCI 5847: Human Rights and Social Justice in Education


(Approved courses for certificate. Please note that students can apply a maximum of 3 credits of independent study towards the certificate course requirements.)

CLAS Storrs Campus


  • ANTH 5305: Health and Human Rights (Special Topics Course)
  • ANTH 5305: Dignity and Health (Special Topics Course)
  • ANTH 5305: Decolonial Alternatives - Sense Making, Political Practices, and Collective Experiences (Special Topics Course)
  • ANTH 5305: Propaganda, Disinformation, and Hate Speech (Special Topics Course)
  • ANTH 5315: Gender and Culture
  • ANTH 5377/PH 5497: Global Health and Anthropology
  • ANTH 5390: Cultural Rights
  • ANTH 5391: Human Rights in a Diverse World

Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies

  • ALDS/GERM/CLCS 5324: Teaching for Intercultural Citizenship and Human Rights I
  • ALDS/GERM/CLCS 5325: Teaching for Intercultural Citizenship and Human Rights II

School of Business

  • BLAW/BADM /HRTS 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
  • CLCS 5317/GERM 6460/HEJS 5397: Contemporary  German Jewish Literature and Human Rights
  • CLCS/GERM/ALDS 5324: Teaching for Intercultural Citizenship and Human Rights I
  • CLCS/GERM/ALDS 5325: Teaching for Intercultural Citizenship and Human Rights II


  • ECON 5128/HRTS 5390: 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 5314/CLCS 5317 :War and Literature 1914-2014
  • GERM 5345/CLCS 5317: Theater and Human Rights
  • GERM 5314: The Environment and German Culture
  • GERM/CLCS/ALDS 5324: Teaching for Intercultural Citizenship and Human Rights I
  • GERM/CLCS/ALDS 5325: Teaching for Intercultural Citizenship and Human Rights II
  • GERM 6460/CLCS 5317/HEJS 5397: Contemporary  German Jewish Literature and Human Rights
  • GERM 6480/ CLCS 5317: Literature and Human Rights
  • GERM 6480 German-African Connections (Special Topics)


  • GEOG 5810: Race, Sex, & Place

Hebrew and Judaic Studies

  • HEJS 5397/GERM 6460/CLCS 5317: Contemporary German Jewish Literature and Human Rights


  • HIST 5195: The Origins and Evolution of the Genocide Debate (Special Topics)
  • HIST/HRTS 5270: History of Human Rights
  • HIST 5525: Society and Culture in the Civil War Era, 1830-1880
  • HIST 5622: Historical Literature of Latin America: Human Rights in the late Twentieth Century

Human Rights

  • HRTS 5095: Special Topics in Human Rights
  • HRTS 5254: Managing the Future of Social Enterprise
  • HRTS 5270: History of Human Rights
  • HRTS 5390 Economic Rights
  • HRTS 5499: Independent Study
  • HRTS 5899: 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: Studying War Critically through International Relations and the Humanities
  • 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
  • SOCI/HRTS 5825: Sociology of Human Rights
  • 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 5895: Gender and Globalization
  • SOCI 5896: Sexual Citizenship


  • SPAN 6402: Literary and Cultural Theory and the Hispanic Tradition: War and Modernity in Latin American Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 6405: Precarity in Latin American Literature and Culture (Transnational, Border, North/South frameworks)

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • WGSS 5395: Sexing (Geo) Politics
  • 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 7380: Critical Race Theory
  • LAW 7358: Topics in Human Rights
  • LAW 7386: Clinic - Immigration Detention and DACA
  • LAW 7529: Immigration and Workplace Rights
  • LAW 7558: Human Rights and Intellectual Property
  • LAW 7592 Health and Human Rights (cross listed with PUBH 5460)
  • 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 7722: Clinic: Human Rights/International Law
  • LAW 7759: The Nuremburg Trials
  • LAW 7814: Refugee Law
  • LAW 7815: Workers' 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 7876: Philosophy of Collective Rights and Self-Determination
  • LAW 7883: Human Rights and Post Conflict Justice
  • LAW 7914: American Slavery and American Law: The Legal Origins of Racism in America
  • LAW 7927-01: Law and the Welfare State
  • LAW 7942/PUBH 5463: Comparative Health Systems

[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.]

Health Center
  • PUBH 5463/LAW 7942: Comparative Health Systems
  • PUBH 5497: Reproductive Ethics, Rights, and Policies
  • PUBH 5497/ANTH 5377: Global Health & Anthropology
  • PUBH 5460/LAW 7592: Health and Human Rights

Current Course Offerings

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