The Human Rights Studies minor at Drake University emerges out of a vision of human rights focused on everyday life. Consistent with perspectives calling for the localization of global initiatives, the Human Rights Studies minor emphasizes the role that individual citizens and civil society can play in transforming institutions and advancing global human rights in domestic political and professional spaces where they live, study, and work. By encouraging deep engagement with diverse perspectives on questions related to human rights, Drake's Human Rights Studies minor is designed to deepen students’ comprehension of various dimensions of difference and will contribute to their development of global and intercultural understanding.
Minors must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in approved coursework.
Students should work with an advisor for the Human Rights Studies program in selecting their elective courses. International Relations or Politics majors may work with their current advisor to plan for their completion of the minor. Students in other majors may seek advising from Department of Political Science faculty who will contribute coursework to the program, including Professors Debra DeLaet, Mary McCarthy, David Skidmore, and Kieran Williams.
To faculty: If you are interested in having your course count as an elective for the Human Rights Studies minor, please submit your syllabus here.