Human rights concern the inherent dignity of all people and the promotion and protection of that dignity regardless of an individual’s birth, color, culture, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other status.

The certificate program is designed to help you broaden your understanding of human rights and to draw on multiple disciplines in order to identify solutions to human rights issues.

As a human rights student, you’ll prepare to examine societal problems critically and to design solutions to human rights dilemmas in many different areas, such as child welfare, civil governance, ecological stability, education, health, hunger and poverty, immigration, the situations of women and of racial and sexual minorities, socioeconomic development, and violence on a mass scale.

Course Work

Course work for the certificate is drawn from multiple units throughout the University of Iowa.

Review Human Rights in the UI General Catalog for more details about admission and course requirements and consult with the Certificate in Human Rights adviser to complete a plan of study.

The Certificate in Human Rights is administered by the College of Law.

Application Process

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Undergraduate certificate programs are available to students once they are enrolled in a degree program at Iowa, or after they have received a bachelor's degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.


Human Rights