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Human Rights and Human Diversity (BA)


Human Rights and Human Diversity (HRHD) is a program that will help prepare you for a wide range of careers where you can advance the cause of human rights and social justice in Canada and around the world.

By completing a degree in HRHD, you’ll come to understand human rights (their origins, how they are protected, and the current challenges they face) and their relationship to human diversity (through gender, race, religion, culture, disability and sexual orientation).

There are also many career-relevant opportunities to enhance your Honours BA in HRHD:

  • Combine your BA in Human Rights and Human Diversity degree with Human Resources Management or Community and Social Service Mangement graduate certificates in just four years. Courses to complete both graduate certificates will commence in your third year and are offered through Conestoga College’s Brantford campus, which is located on Laurier’s Brantford campus. The Human Resources Management program provides you with all of the required educational components to become a Certified Human Resources Professional.
  • Combine HRHD with a law degree from Sussex University (UK) in just six years (see below).
  • Add a specialization in International Development or in Non-Profit Career Skills.
  • Add an option in International Public Policy, Leadership, or Issue Advocacy.

Interested in transferring to Laurier? Review our Admission Requirements and other information on how to apply in our Admissions Toolkit.

Earn a Law Degree, Too

You can combine this program with a law degree (LLB) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Our Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program can be completed in six years.

You'll complete your first two years in the Human Rights and Human Diversity program at our Brantford campus. Students who meet the GPA and progression requirements may then apply to the UK law program and are guaranteed an offer of admission to the University of Sussex law school; there is no requirement to write the LSAT entrance exam. After three years of studying abroad in the UK and completing an LLB, you'll return for one final year at Laurier to complete your Laurier BA.

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Program Highlights

  • While you’ll write traditional university exams and essays, you’ll also focus on developing workplace-relevant skills like writing policy analysis papers, preparing grant applications, and professional fundraising.
  • You can also apply for the Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program, where you earn an honours Arts degree from Laurier and a law degree from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom in six years.
  • There are many opportunities to gain workplace experience: eligible students can participate in course-relevant internships and volunteer placements in Canada and abroad – and receive course credit towards their degree. We even have competitive funding opportunities for a three-month work-study at nongovernmental organizations in Ghana.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Children’s Rights
  • Fundraising
  • The United Nations in the 21st Century
  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • Rights in Canada: Rights, Freedoms and the Charter

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  • Admission range of low 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.


This program is intended for people who want to study human rights and/or people who want to do something about them.

This program can prepare you for law school, master’s programs in social work or international development, among others. You can also tailor your career preparation by combining Human Rights and Human Diversity with other programs.

Examples of careers include:

  • non-profit and nongovernmental organizations
  • law
  • social work
  • human resources
  • government and international organizations
  • policy analysis

Learn what our grads are doing.

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