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Human Rights and Human Diversity (BA)


Human Rights and Human Diversity 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 taking this program, 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).

We also offer a combined Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Human Diversity degree and Human Resources Management (with Conestoga College). This postgraduate diploma program provides you with all of the required educational components to become a Certified Human Resources Professional. If you meet the requirements, you can apply for this program in your third year.

Human Rights and Human Diversity can also be combined with options in International Development and Issue Advocacy.

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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.
  • 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 2-month work-study at nongovernmental organizations in Ghana.
  • Our students are active in human rights initiatives. Join our Human Rights and Human Diversity Students’ Association, or our chapters of Amnesty International or World University Service Canada.
  • 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-mid 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.


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:

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