Since 2007, the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College has offered an interdisciplinary Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice to students in BC’s graduate and professional schools. The program is designed to address the increasing complexity of human rights issues in a globalized world. Certificate students learn to think critically within and across disciplines to grasp more fully contemporary human rights challenges and to be better prepared to offer thoughtful and effective responses.
To earn the certificate, each student must complete three courses from the Center’s approved course list—two from within the student’s academic discipline, and one course from outside, as well as the Center’s interdisciplinary seminar in human rights and international justice.
Interdisciplinary Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice
The seminar will begin with an overview and brief historical review of human rights instruments and then explore a series of complexities for those seeking to engage in human rights scholarship, advocacy, and activism. We seek to engage critically with human rights discourse and actions as they intersect with gender, culture/ethnicity, “race,” class and other categorizations.
Students will select 3 courses (3 credits each) which emphasize human rights and international justice issues. At least 2 courses will be within the student's own discipline. To widened a student's interdisciplinary understanding of these issues, students will complete 1 course in academic department or discipline that is not their own.
Deadline: Rolling admissions
Note: Certificate Program applications are considered on a rolling basis; however, preference for enrollment in selected certificate courses is given to students already accepted into the program, so applying as early as possible is recommended. As well, if you are enrolled in a one-year Master's program, please submit your application early in the Fall semester.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
To be uploaded to your online Application Form.
In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.
All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:
Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to email@example.com from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure it is received by our office.
Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:
Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Current Lynch students interested in this certificate are strongly encouraged to meet with Center Assistant Director Timothy Karcz to discuss the program.