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Human Rights


The Human Rights minor provides students with both intellectual and practical opportunities to engage with human rights in preparation for encountering a wide variety of twenty-first century political issues, social problems, and employment opportunities. The curriculum is distinctively interdisciplinary, mirroring the world of human rights today.


To complete the minor, students must complete 19 credits.

Career Options

A Human Rights minor is beneficial to careers in:

  • Law
  • International politics and relations
  • Health professions
  • Social services
  • Government and global agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Human resources
  • Business

Why Study Human Rights at Grand Valley?

  • Learn about a contemporary topic with both global and local relevance. The 2013 Global Slavery Index estimates that worldwide, 29.2 million people live in slavery with a significant number living in the US—some right here in Michigan.
  • Acquire interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to make a difference in the world around the subject of human rights.
  • Gain a foundation in human rights while creating your own pathway through this program, which includes electives across the university.
  • Engage in experiential learning connected to human rights through study abroad, internships, and/or service learning.

For More Information

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies Human Rights Program

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