Foster your critical and creative thinking and develop a comprehensive knowledge of human rights locally, nationally, and internationally in the human rights studies program at UNC Asheville.

Why Study Human Rights at UNC Asheville?

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Outside the Classroom

Your robust liberal arts education extends beyond the classroom. At UNC Asheville, we emphasize hands-on learning and community engagement as modes of learning that encourage curiosity, facilitate exploration, and generate discovery.

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Student Club

UNC Asheville offers ample opportunities for you to connect with your peers, including a wide range of student-run clubs and organizations. Discover a group that suits your academic or personal interests, or consider some of the political science clubs, like the Model United Nations, the Political Science Club, Amnesty International, the ACLU of UNCA, and more.


Our dedicated faculty members bring a wealth of expertise and passion to the field. Committed to fostering a rich learning environment, our faculty members actively engage in research, advocacy, and community outreach, ensuring that students receive a comprehensive education grounded in real-world experiences and preparation for success in their chosen career path.

Careers & Outcomes

The human rights studies program is an ideal course of study for students interested in leveraging a robust, interdisciplinary education in professions requiring adaptability, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making. Our students often pursue careers in areas such as public policy and administration, education, human services, humanitarian aid, business, journalism, law, criminal justice, and law enforcement.

Students can also translate the skills gained in the human rights studies minor program and their undergraduate research to achieve acceptance to graduate programs in law, education, administration, or other humanities subjects.

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Empower Your Understanding in UNC Asheville’s Human Rights Studies Minor

In UNC Asheville’s human rights studies program, you experience a transformative education designed to empower you with a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding human rights issues. When you enroll in the minor program, you embark on a path that not only broadens your academic horizons but also equips you with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on the world.

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