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Fairhaven and the Ray Wolpow Institute to launch new Human Rights minor this fall

  • Faculty and students participate in a Human Rights workshop.

This fall, Western will launch a new interdisciplinary minor in Human Rights, a combined program of study offered through Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies (FCIS) and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity (RWI).

The new minor will contribute to the development of students as well-educated, active, and engaged citizens through a vibrant learning community and expands the core values of the university and supplements academic majors in all university programs/departments. Students can begin to enroll in the minor in May.

Human rights education integrates exploration of the questions of human freedom at the core of traditional liberal arts education with a critical examination of the institutions designed to promote and protect human freedom in the past and in the contemporary world. Because of its flexibility, the minor in Human Rights course of study complements any majors within the University.

With 2 core requirements and 93 other university-wide course options, a minor in Human Rights will provide a background for graduate study in an appropriate discipline where scholarship can focus on human rights, or in careers that incorporate human rights advocacy, including journalism, filmmaking, the practice of law or medicine, teaching, policy analysis, or service in government or intergovernmental or nongovernmental entities.

Program Information
WWU Catalog – Minor in Human Rights Coming soon

Admission and Declaration Process
There are no prerequisites for declaring a minor in Human Rights. Declaration of the minor is done through the Registrar’s minor declaration e-form.  Please forward the form to akinrib@wwu.edu upon completion.

Minor Advising
Information regarding minor advising is available here.

For more information about the new Human Rights minor, contact RWI Associate Director Babafemi Akinrinade at babafemi.akinrinade@wwu.edu.

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