This is the first version of the 2021-22 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate Certificate in Human Rights requires 18 s.h. of credit. The certificate program is open to current University of Iowa undergraduate students and to all individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and are not enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in certificate coursework. They may count a maximum of 6 s.h. of transfer credit toward the certificate with approval from the certificate program's faculty advisory group.

Individuals must declare their intent to earn the certificate. See the Certificate in Human Rights website for details.

The Certificate in Human Rights requires the following coursework.

Foundations in Human Rights

All of these:
HRTS:2115/IS:2115Introduction to Human Rights3
HIST:4101History of Human Rights3
PHIL:3430Philosophy of Human Rights3

Contemporary Global Issues in Human Rights

6 s.h. from these:
HRTS:3905/IS:3905Topics in Human Rights (repeatable if topics are different)1-3
HRTS:3906Global Crises and Human Rights (repeatable if topics are different)3

Human Rights in Practice

One of these:
HRTS:3910/IS:3910Human Rights Advocacy3
HRTS:3920Seminar in Human Rights Praxis: Supervised Internship3

The Certificate in Human Rights benefits students interested in careers in government, social services, the nonprofit sector, business, and education, as well as those pursuing law school or other professional or graduate degrees.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Human Rights, Certificate

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Holders of Iowa baccalaureate degrees may return to complete the requirements for a certificate.  
Holders of baccalaureate degrees from other institutions who are not enrolled in a UI graduate or professional program may apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and are awarded the certificate on completion of the requirements.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
HRTS:3910 Human Rights Advocacy c 3
HRTS:3906 Global Crises and Human Rights b 3
HRTS:3905 Topics in Human Rights b 1 - 2
 Hours7-8
Spring
HRTS:2115 Introduction to Human Rights a 3
HRTS:3905 Topics in Human Rights b 1 - 2
 Hours4-5
Second Year
Fall
PHIL:3430 Philosophy of Human Rights a 3
HRTS:3905 Topics in Human Rights b 1 - 2
 Hours4-5
Spring
HRTS:3920 Seminar in Human Rights Praxis: Supervised Internship c 3
HRTS:3905 Topics in Human Rights b 1 - 2
HIST:4101 History of Human Rights a 3
 Hours7-8
 Total Hours22-26