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Human Rights & Social Justice Requirements

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Human Rights & Social Justice. For a complete list of courses and requirements:
download the Human Rights & Social Justice BDP curriculum sheet (PDF).

Foundation Courses [4 hours]

  • Forum Seminar
  • Human Rights History & Theory Course

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Courses in a Strand [9 hours]

In designing their strand, all students must choose courses EITHER from more than one of the Topics categories, OR from more than one of the Geographic categories:

Topics categories

  • Nationalism, Imperialism, and War
  • Social Groups and Social Justice
  • Theory, Policy, and Institutions

Geographic categories

  • Regionalism
  • US
  • Comparative

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Connecting Experiences [6 hours]

BDP advisors assist students in finding meaningful connecting research and/or internship experiences related to Human Rights & Social Justice. All students must complete at least one internship in order to satisfy the connecting experience requirement.

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Integration Essay

3-4 page essay written at the end of the BDP experience, drawing together the different pieces of the BDP.

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BDP Certificate in Human Rights & Social Justice

Courses counting toward a BDP in Human Rights & Social Justice may also satisfy core, major, and elective requirements in a student’s degree plan. With planning, the BDP should not add time to students’ UT careers, but instead helps students choose the courses they already have to take in an integrated way.