Students
Undergraduate

Let curiosity move you to major or minor in human rights and humanitarian affairs!

Academics

The Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor that fosters students’ curiosity about human rights and their passion for social justice by offering challenging courses with inspiring professors, by encouraging our students to engage in hands-on human rights work, and by engaging in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary human rights research.

Students are challenged to understand the roots of today’s most difficult human rights issues and given the critical thinking skills and inspiration to go out and solve them. Students take courses in at least two departments, which means you can explore human rights topics in fields as diverse as political science and philosophy, sociology and Judaic studies. Students take a core course and one of two capstone opportunities: an experiential learning project, or our senior seminar on human rights. Beyond that, all students will enroll in one course that covers each of our four themes.

Themes

  • Law and Institutions
  • Philosophy and History
  • Culture and Politics
  • Community and Engagement

Experience

Experiential learning is the beating heart of a minor in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. We strive to give you every opportunity possible to connect what you learn in the classroom with research, internships, education abroad, service learning, and leadership experiences. Here’s a small glimpse of what’s possible:

  • Study abroad in Israel, France, or Rwanda
  • Lead as ASUN President, President of UNL Model UN, or a Truman Scholar
  • Intern with Nebraska Appleseed, the Nebraska State Legislature, or I’ve Got a Name
  • Research solitary confinement, compliance with international law, or unaccompanied migrant children
  • Volunteer with Lincoln Literacy, the Center for People in Need, or Voices of Hope

Opportunities

Your human rights and humanitarian affairs minor situates you for a career in a vast array of fields. Equipped with essential skills, as well as a well-honed understanding of how human rights matter in all fields, you can pursue positions in local, state, or national government; diplomacy and international security; intelligence and law enforcement; education; business; consulting; law; or with non-profit organizations.

  • JD Candidate/ YALE LAW SCHOOL
  • Fiscal Compliance Analyst/ NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
  • Legislative Aide/ NEBRASKA STATE LEGISLATURE
  • Law Clerk/ HENNEPIN COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
  • Masters Student/ LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
  • Program Specialist/ NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S CAMPAIGN FOR NATURE
  • Quality Assurance Editor/ JEO CONSULTING GROUP, INC.
  • Associate Brand Manager/ TREEHOUSE FOODS
  • Senior Advanced Investigator with Child Protective Investigations/ TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
  • Volunteer Coordinator/ LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES
  • Youth Coordinator/ ASIAN COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL CENTER