Since 2007, the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College has offered an interdisciplinary Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice to students in BC’s graduate and professional schools. The certificate program is designed to address the increasing complexity of human rights issues in an increasingly globalized world. Certificate students learn to think critically within and across disciplines to grasp more fully contemporary human rights challenges, and to be better prepared to offer thoughtful and effective responses. The certificate program is open to students who are registered in BC’s graduate and professional schools.
Four courses from the Center’s approved course list—two being courses within the student’s academic discipline, and one course from outside the student’s discipline
This program consists of 4 courses for a total of 12 credits.
The certificate requirements may be completed in one year.
Graduate Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice
The interdisciplinary seminar on compelling human rights challenges of our times is taught on a rotating basis by the Center's directors and affiliated faculty. Select guest speakers including Fellows and Affiliated Faculty of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice will join students in developing an interdisciplinary understanding of—and responses to—these issues.
Current Lynch students interested in this certificate are strongly encouraged to meet with Center Assistant Director Timothy Karcz to discuss the program.
Each student will need his or her Program of Study approved by the Center Directors prior to admission to the Certificate Program. To apply to the program, please submit the following:
Certificate Program applications are considered on a rolling basis; however, preference for enrollment in selected certificate courses is given to students already accepted into the program, so applying as early as possible is recommended. As well, if you are enrolled in a one year Master's program, please submit your application early in the Fall semester.