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Human Rights

Human Rights

Explore the interdisciplinary field of human rights, which draws theoretical and practical approaches for understanding the economic, cultural, political, philosophical, and representational dynamics of human rights issues in today‚Äôs society.  

What Will I Learn?

At Southern Miss, our curriculum offers diverse human rights-related topics and equips students with the fundamental knowledge to employ law, policy, and practice in human rights advocacy.

From examining moments of human rights abuse to movements that protect and promote human rights, you will study topics like globalization, the environment, diversity, gender equality, poverty, citizenship, democracy, and intercultural relations to develop the interpersonal skills needed for building a culture that respects human rights. Gain valuable practical experience in human rights/civil liberties through a supervised internship.

Faculty Affiliates


Do you have a question about the Human Rights program? Click above contact the director. 

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Robert Press

Conducting Human Rights Research in Kenya

An abiding love for Kenya and its people has drawn Associate Professor Bob Press back to the African nation to research past and present non-violent, human rights social movements. Read More

Career Pathways 

With a human rights minor, students are given the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a broad, yet competitive career path.

Individuals in this field work for world-renowned governmental organizations such as: the United Nations (UN), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

  • Human Rights Lawyer
  • Political Affairs Officer
  • Grant Writer
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist
  • Human Rights Educator
  • Campaigner
  • Policy Analyst
  • Fundraising Specialist
  • Environmental Specialist


Photo of Students demanding human rights

Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

For students, faculty and others who believe in human rights for everyone, everywhere, without discrimination, the Center provides a focal point. 


Minor Plan Availability
Human Rights Undergraduate Minor Hattiesburg