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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Human Rights Minor

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Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University Interdisciplinary Programs

24-25 credits


The minor in Human Rights is an interdisciplinary plan of study that provides students the opportunity to become familiar with theoretical, historical, and comparative perspectives on human rights. The flexibility of this course of study complements majors in any of the disciplines in the University.

Why Consider a Human Rights Minor?

The minor in Human Rights will contribute to the development of students as well-educated, active, and engaged citizens through a vibrant learning community. The minor works off and expands the core values of Western and supplements academic majors in all programs/departments of the university. 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 the contemporary world.

 Contact Information

Associate Director of the Ray Wolpow
Institute for the Study
of the Holocaust, Genocide,
and Crimes Against Humanity

Dr. Babafemi Akinrinade
Fairhaven 337

 Sample Careers

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 which 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. 

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

There are no prerequisites for declaring the minor in Human Rights. Declaration of the minor is done through the Registrar’s minor declaration e-form: esign.wwu.edu/forms/Registrar/_minor_decl_and_change_3.aspx. For minor advisement, contact Professor Babafemi Akinrinade (akinrib@wwu.edu) (360-650-2893)

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


Electives (14-15 credits)

❑ Three courses from at least two different programs/departments under advisement with a minimum of 14-15 credits.

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