Human Rights Program

Would you like to discover the sometimes surprising relationships among religion, politics, arts and international organizations, and understand their effects on individual rights? Read fiction and poetry inspired by human rights issues and struggles? Experience the struggle for human rights as depicted in powerful documentaries and films?

Consider a minor in human rights at Agnes Scott. Learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its core belief that a person is entitled to unalienable rights because she or he is a human being. In this program, you’ll gain a basic understanding of what human rights are, where they come from and why they need to be protected.

Combine Classroom Theory with Real-World Practice
A well-rounded academic understanding of human rights—through diverse teaching styles, analytical tools and fields of study—is only the beginning. Our program will challenge you to integrate your exploration of the core questions of human dignity with critical and practical examinations of the institutions designed to promote and protect human rights in the contemporary world.

Learn Hands On through Internships
A central component of the minor in human rights is an internship, where you will be required to link what you have learned in the classroom with practical experience. To fulfill this requirement you can propose projects and experiences in local and international venues.

Participate in Study Abroad
You can witness human rights promotion and protection at work through the faculty-led Global Awareness program or any relevant college-approved study-abroad program. Contact the Office of International Education for a list of all international programs with a human rights focus.

How will this program help me when I graduate?
A minor in human rights will give you a new perspective on the world and can help lead you to an exciting social justice or international career. As a graduate, you can:

  • Apply to the U.S. Foreign Service or international agencies, such as the United Nations
  • Engage in social justice or relief work in the U.S. or abroad
  • Enter graduate or professional programs in social justice, journalism or law
  • Work for the U.S. legal system or law enforcement agencies