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Bridging Disciplines Programs adds concentration in Human Rights and Social Justice

The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDP) are pleased to announce a new certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice. The nineteen-hour program will introduce students to the interdisciplinary study and practice of human rights at home and around the world. Undergraduates earn an interdisciplinary certificate in one of ten concentrations through a course of study that integrates classroom, research, and internship experiences.

Students in the Human Rights and Social Justice concentration will learn about forms of oppression, marginalization, and violence that concern human rights researchers and practitioners. Through coursework drawn from the humanities, social sciences, law, fine arts, and public policy, students will develop their knowledge of the issues and debates that dominate human rights and social justice scholarship today, including an understanding of the regional contexts within which contemporary human rights violations take place.

Students will also learn about the historical, theoretical, and institutional underpinnings of international human rights advocacy and social justice movements, from the legacies of colonialism and imperialism to the international institutions that were formed in the wake of World War II. Finally, through the connecting experience component of the program, students will have the opportunity to complement their coursework with hands-on experience in an organization working on human rights and social justice concerns.

The Human Rights and Social Justice BDP was developed in collaboration with faculty from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice in the UT School of Law. Students interested in the Human Rights and Social Justice BDP are encou