Human rights are predicated upon the belief that every human being deserves to be treated with equal dignity, and that every person has inherent value. But how do we move towards these goals? In this collaborative, interdisciplinary degree program, you will investigate how we fulfill these ideals, but also how we fail to do so in different times and places.

In this program, you will gain a critical understanding of, and experience in, the growing field of human rights. You’ll examine how different groups have understood and fought for expanded rights protection throughout history. You’ll learn about and critique the effectiveness of legal, diplomatic and political frameworks that have been employed to protect these rights.

For Ontario high school students a minimum 80% final entrance average is required. Averages are calculated on the top six 4U or 4M credits including English 4U.

College transfer students are required to have a minimum cumulative average of "B" or better in an acceptable one-year certificate (General Arts and Sciences, Pre-Health Science, Human Services Foundation) or completed diploma. College transfer students may earn up to a maximum of five transfer credits. Individual courses must have a minimum achievement of 60% to be considered for transfer credit.

King’s projects a minimum 65% for admission for students transferring from another Canadian University. A maximum of ten transfer credit may be granted. Individual courses must have a minimum achievement of 60% to be considered for transfer credit.

Programs Offered

  • Human Rights Studies 1000G - Discovering Human Rights
  • Human Rights Studies 2800E - Introduction to Human Rights
  • Human Rights Studies 2900F - Rights in Canada
  • Human Rights Studies 4900G - Capstone Seminar

The knowledge, skills, and experience that students will acquire in this area of study will benefit students in a wide range of careers. Graduates of the Human Rights Studies program at King's may pursue careers in law, education, government and public service, journalism, law enforcement, business, and academics.

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