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Certificate in Human Rights

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights is pleased to be able to offer the undergraduate Certificate in Human Rights.

Human rights concern the inherent dignity of all human beings and the promotion and protection of that dignity irrespective of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture, nationality, birth, or other status. The Human Rights Certificate Program seeks to broaden understanding of human rights issues and to identify solutions to them on an interdisciplinary basis. Coursework in units across the University prepares students to examine societal problems critically and to design specific solutions to human rights dilemmas contextually in areas including (but not limited to) civil governance, the situation of women and racial and sexual minorities, child welfare, socioeconomic development and well-being, hunger and poverty, education, health, immigration, ecological sustainability, and mass violence.

The Certificate is administered by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.

Eligibility for the Certificate

Students may complete the Certificate as part of their bachelor’s program at UI; the certificate is awarded upon completion of the bachelor’s degree. 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 graduate or professional program at The University of Iowa may apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and are awarded the certificate on completion of the requirements.

Requirements for the Certificate can be found in The University of Iowa General Catalog and on the University College Website.

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES approved by the Certificate in Human Rights Faculty Advisory Committee can be found here.

How do I enroll and earn the certificate?

Follow the instructions (below) specific to your student status, and contact Kelsey Kramer (kelsey-kramer@uiowa.edu), the advisor for the Certificate Program.

Current University of Iowa Students
Declare your intention to earn the Certificate. CLAS and College of Education students should declare at 120 SH. Tippie College of Business Students should declare at C140 PBB. College of Nursing, Engineering, Pharmacy and University College Students should contact the Human Rights Certificate Advisor for further information.

Graduates of the University of Iowa
If you hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa students you need to submit a re-entry form, which can be completed through the University of Iowa admissions website.
In the dropdown box, select the Certificate in Human Rights as your degree objective.

Graduates from other Universities
If you hold a Bachelor’s degree from another university you need to submit an undergraduate transfer application, which can be found on the University of Iowa admissions website.
In the dropdown box, select the Certificate in Human Rights as your degree objective.

About Us

Program Advisor: Kelsey Kramer
Email: kelsey-kramer@uiowa.edu

Chair: Greg Hamot
Associate Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.