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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Nelson Mandela

The Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (HRHA) is one of the country's leading academic programs for human rights teaching and research. Our students and faculty are driven by a relentless curiosity to understand the relationship between human rights and politics, law, economics, religion, psychology and mass communication and by a deep passion to make the world a better place for all.

Our interdisciplinary program brings together distinguished human rights scholars from across campus to produce cutting-edge human rights research and a dynamic undergraduate minor and graduate specialization. In addition to our rigorous and interdisciplinary courses, our students have the opportunity to participate in human-rights related internships, study human rights issues abroad, participate in faculty-led research and take leadership roles in human rights-related student organizations like Model United Nations and Amnesty International.

Our graduates go on to exciting careers in international relations, government service, education, journalism, business, public health and social work, among countless other fields.

We will help you foster your curiosity and passion for human rights every step of the way, from your first HRHA class to your first day on the job.

Let curiosity move you to make your mark on the world.

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