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International Human Rights

The international human rights certificate (IHRC) is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the wide array of issues – both past and present – concerning the protection of human dignity.  Approaching the study of human rights as an international phenomenon with local dimensions, the IHRC urges students to think critically about human rights while preparing them for potential future roles in the field of human rights advocacy.  The IHRC curriculum concentrates especially on international norms, laws, institutions, politics and social movements that have developed primarily since World War II to address such issues as genocide, poverty, torture, racism, refugees, political disenfranchisement, forced labor, oppression based on gender or sexual orientation, human trafficking and other gross violations of human rights.

In partnership with the Morgan Institute for Human Rights at the UC College of Law, the IHRC curriculum includes dozens of courses taught by faculty members from a broad range of departments and programs in A&S and across UC.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)


1 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


Political Science
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


1114 Crosley Tower
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Dr. Laura Jenkins
Phone: 513-556-3308

Student Success Factors

Success as a student requires effective communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to engage in critical thinking, self-discipline, maturity, people skills and information technology literacy. Competing human rights values pose ethical and policy dilemmas that must be resolved by clear moral reasoning. The most effective human rights advocates also have a strong commitment to the rule of law, a clear sense of justice, empathy for the oppressed, a solid grasp of history and commitment to public service.

Career Possibilities

IHRC recipients have pursued graduate degrees in preparation for careers in law, education and public service.  

Full time opportunities for human rights work may be found in:

  • Government agencies, including the Justice Department and Department of State
  • International intergovernmental organizations such as the U.N.
  • Non-governmental organizations and institutions, such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House, that address issues of forced labor, genocide, racism, torture, trafficking, violence against women and other gross violations of human rights
  • Private firms that specialize in representing victims of human rights

In addition many graduates with other employers may find their careers involve human rights issues that arise in the workplace and/or in their volunteer community service activities and religious communities.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Minor Details

A certificate in international human rights is an interdisciplinary credential comparable to a minor in an academic discipline, but UC does not offer either a major or a minor in human rights.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

International Human Rights Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    International Human Rights Certificate Requirements
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Core Requirement I group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Core Requirement II group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, At least one course from Political, Legal and Historical Perspectives group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, At least one course from Major Threats & Vulnerable Groups list below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, At least one course from Philosophical, Social & Cultrural Perspectives group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Two additional electives from any of the groups below, 6
    Core Requirement I
    • HIST3023, Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations, II, SE, HP, 3
    • POL2089, International Human Rights, SE, SS, 3
    Philosophical, Social and Cultural Perspectives
    • EDST6062, Liberation Philosophy, 3
    • EDST6083, Conflict Resolution, 3
    • GEOG1004, Introduction to Human Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • JUDC3030, Jews and Islam, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3052, Gender and Judaism, 3
    • JUDC3067, Jews and Muslims in the Modern Mediterranean, 3
    • PHIL1021, Moral and Political Ideas: Modern Europe, SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL1022, Moral and Political Ideas: Contemporary Political Thought, SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL2027, Contemporary Issues in Social and Political Philosophy , SE, HU, 3
    • SOC2076, War and Peace: A Global Cultural Approach, 3
    • SOC2089, The Global Community: Cultural Diversity and Interaction, DC, SS, 3
    • SOC3044, Social Movements, SE, 3
    • WGS2071, Women and Religion, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS3031, Humanities and Human Rights, HU, 3
    • WGS3037, Women and Global Issues, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS4010, "Third World" Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4011, African Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4029, Gender, Sexuality, and Culture, 3
    • WGS4045, Feminisms in Comparative Perspective , 3
    Political, Legal and Historical Perspectives
    • AFST2061, African History II: The Rise of Globalization and Africa, 1860 to Present, HP, 3
    • AFST2081, Colonialism, Nationalism and Post-Colonial West African States, DC, HP, 3
    • AFST3062, History of South Africa, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST3022, Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations, I, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST3087, Immigration Across the Disciplines, 3
    • HIST3088, Global Protest Movements, 1960s-2000s, 3
    • HIST4010, The Environmental Movement, 3
    • HIST4025, War on the U.S. Home Front, 3
    • PLAN4090, Global Perspectives in Urban Planning, 3
    • PLAN6079, Social Justice and the City, 3 - 4
    • POL2064, Politics of South Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2069, Politics of Developing Countries, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2071, Politics of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2088, International Law and Organization, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3062, Global religion and politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3086, Security and Conflict in Asia, 3
    • WGS4046, Transnational Feminist Movements, 3
    Major Threats + Vulnerable Groups
    • ANTH3070, Peoples of the Balkans: Women and Men in Balkan Societies, 3
    • GEOG2031, Geography of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • HIST3017, Slavery in America, HP, 3
    • HIST3066, National Socialism and the Holocaust, SE, HP, 3
    • HIST3077, Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe, 3
    • HIST3081, The Holocaust, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST4057, Gender and European Colonialism, 1500-1800, 3
    • HIST6023, US and Middle East Immigration and Refugees, 3
    • JUDC2034, Judaism and Christianity in Conflict, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC2056, Literature of the Holocaust, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2073, Film and Holocaust, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3064, Jews in 20th-Century Europe and the Middle East, 3
    • JUDC3082, Studies in the Holocaust, 3
    • JUDC3085, Religion and Genocide, 3
    • WGS2002, Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3001, Current Issues: Gender & Film, DC, SE, 3
    • WGS3008, Women in African History, 3
    • WGS4016, Latina and Latin American Feminisms, 3
    • WGS4020, Environmental Justice and Equality, 3
    • WGS4044, Gender, Migration, and Citizenship, 3
    Core Requirement II: Internship/Capstone
    • INT3001, Academic Internships for Multidisciplines - Semester 1, 1 - 12
    • INT3011, Corporate Academic Internships - Semester 1, 2 - 6
    • INT3021, Government and Nonprofit Academic Internships - Semester 1, 2 - 6
    • INT3080, International Academic Internship, 6 - 12
    • INT3090, Individual Academic Internship, 6 - 12
    • POL4080, Individual Work: International Relations, 1 - 4
    • POL4090, Internship Practicum, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Certificate candidates are invited to special events sponsored by the College of Law’s Morgan Institute for Human Rights, including special dinners with distinguished visitors. Selected individuals have worked on the Human Rights Quarterly, a journal edited by the Morgan Institute. Others have had a range of study abroad and intern experiences as part of the program.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must apply for admission to the certificate program using the appropriate form found online. Students should enroll in the program before their senior year, but the program director will consider exceptions for applicants six months prior to graduation.

Non-matriculated students may take UC classes and earn the IHRC without being enrolled in a degree program by following the online directions.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


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