Graduate Program in Human Rights

Program Requirements

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. This 12-credit certificate program is comprised of one core course and three elective courses, which allows students to both obtain a foundational proficiency in human rights theory and practice while being able to craft a course of study directly relating to their specific interests and/or needs.

The program provides a historical, literary and philosophical perspective for thinking broadly about modern human rights; an understanding of social science research on rights, conflict and governance; as well as expertise in the international conventions, treaties and case law from international courts (such as the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia).

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Current Course Offerings

The courses encourage students to think critically about the strengths and limitations of the human rights framework and how they might develop an active and original research agenda in this growing interdisciplinary field.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Human Rights have access to a different levels of funding opportunities for their graduate work.


The Graduate Certificate in Human Rights draws upon the academic strengths of the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Law, where interdisciplinary faculty members introduce students to the key modern debates in this interdisciplinary field of study.