Embracing the transcendent dignity of the human person.
"The quest for freedom in our time has its basis in those universal rights which human beings enjoy by the very fact of their humanity."
-Pope John Paul II Address to UN General Assembly -1995
"The life of the community, both domestically and internationally, clearly demonstrates that respect for rights, and the guarantees that follow from them, are measures of the common good that serve to evaluate the relationship between justice and injustice, development and poverty, security and conflict."
Pope Benedict's XVI Address to UN General Assembly -2008
|The Bachelors of Arts in Human Rights Studies at the University of Dayton is an integrated pre-professional degree firmly grounded in the traditional liberal arts. Students, faculty, and staff participating in the program enter into it guided by their fundamental commitment to respect and promote the dignity of each human person. The degree is intended to produce intellectually adept students who are capable of performing rigorous research and conducting high quality analysis of critical questions in the area of human rights studies. It is equally intended to produce thoughtful and transformational servant-leaders who will apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to the contemporary human rights issues and situations both domestically and internationally. Through the integration of liberal and pre-professional education, the interdisciplinary program prepares distinctive graduates who intend to pursue advanced study and training in the field of human rights, or careers in human rights advocacy and humanitarian assistance. Those graduates will possess the values, knowledge and skills necessary for effective public service in government, non-governmental organizations, international aid agencies, and non-profit groups in human rights or humanitarian assistance.|
Through our interdisciplinary program, you will have countless opportunities to become involved with human rights issues. Each year, students organize Human Rights Week, a week-long program with nationally known scholars and speakers, issue forums, artistic presentations and other activities.
You can take courses and conduct research in locations around the world through our education abroad programs. Recently, students have traveled to Burundi, Chile, El Salvador, Geneva, Haiti, Ireland, Kenya, Malwai, Mexico, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland and Uganda.
As a human rights studies major, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through internships with government agencies, Congress, nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations, human rights groups and multinational corporations interested in safeguarding human rights in the workplace.
To ensure you are prepared for work anywhere in the world, you must show proficiency in a foreign language by passing a University examination or completing a language course in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish at the 141-level or higher with a minimum grade of C.
Only core faculty are listed. As this is an interdisciplinary major, numerous faculty from several departments also teach in the program.
Mark Ensalaco, Director, Human Rights Studies Program
Marybeth Carlson, History
Marilyn Fischer, Philosophy
Richard Ghere, Political Science
Natalie Florea Hudson, Political Science
Kelly Johnson, Religious Studies
Patricia Johnson, Philosophy
Linda Majka, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Theo Majka, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Jason Pierce, Political Science
Kathleen Watters, Communication