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Human Rights and Human Diversity (BA)

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Human Rights and Human Diversity (BA)

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Want a career where you can make a difference?

Human Rights and Human Diversity prepares graduates to understand and advance issues of human rights and social justice in Canada and around the world in such roles as administrators, human resources professionals, lawyers, social workers, international development workers, fundraisers, project managers, and program coordinators.

Some graduates go straight into the workforce, joining nongovernmental organizations, government, international organizations, universities, and the private sector; others pursue advanced studies in law, social work, MAs and PhDs.

Program Highlights

  • Our courses place human rights front and centre. Our students appreciate this.
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity is small enough that you can get to know faculty and take multiple courses from them, but large enough to offer over 30 specialized courses on human rights and human diversity.
  • You will participate in a small first-year seminar course called “Human Rights Violations: Advocacy and Analysis.”
  • You can start building your resume in your third or fourth -year by doing a part-time internship in a real workplace for academic credit.
  • You may do a summer internship in Ghana, Africa and a summer course on international migration that takes place in course in Mexico City.
  • You may 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.

Sample Courses

  • Children’s Rights
  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • The United Nations
  • Women's Rights
  • Human Trafficking
  • Multiculturalism
  • Children, Youth and Disabilities
  • Race and Oppression
  • Immigration, Refugees, and Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property and Human Rights
  • Immigrant and Ethno-Racial Minority Youth
  • Rights in Canada: Rights, Freedoms and the Charter
  • Fundraising
  • Capstone Course: Human Rights in Crosscultural Perspectives

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.


Design Your Degree

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • International Development Specialization
  • Non-profit Career Skills Specialization
  • Leadership Option
  • Issue Advocacy Option

You can also include a postgraduate certificate in Human Resources Management or Community and Social Service Management from Conestoga College within your four-year Laurier Bachelor of Arts.

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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