Human rights issues are everywhere. Studying human rights provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand how human rights impact and are impacted by virtually every discipline.

Minor in Human Rights

A minor in Human Rights is a secondary area of concentration in a subject different from your honours program. Students enrolled in any degree program may pursue this minor program.

Students interested in pursuing a minor in Human Rights need to complete a Plan Modification Form and submit it to Professor Anna Purkey, program director for approval. In order to be eligible to declare it, you must have at least 0.5 units (1 course) completed from the curriculum list with a 65% average or above. You can declare your minor starting in your second year.

To fulfill the minor, students must complete a minimum of four academic course units (eight courses) with a minimum cumulative average of 65% in accordance with the below curriculum.

*The curriculum of the minor in Human Rights is currently in revision. Below are the existing and proposed new curriculum.

Human Rights Law Double-degree (University of Waterloo and University of Essex, UK)

St. Paul’s University College and the University of Waterloo have partnered with the University of Essex (United Kingdom) to give students the unique opportunity to pursue a BA-LLB double-degree.

Earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Essex, United Kingdom (UK) in just five years.

This program enables students to customize their path to a career in human rights, combining a BA in their own interest area, a minor in Human Rights and a legal education.

By studying at Essex, students will have the opportunity to experience university education overseas and attend a university that enjoys a global reputation as a leader in the field of human rights research, practice and education, and houses one of the oldest academic human rights centres in the world.

Admission Requirements  

Program Structure

  • Complete the first three years of study in an Honours BA degree program at Waterloo in a major of your choice and a minor in Human Rights
  • Achieve an overall average of at least 77% with no fails or incompletes in any courses
  • Meet the University of Essex English language entry requirements
  • First three years of your studies will be spent at UWaterloo, studying a major of your choice with a minor in Human Rights
  • Winter term of your third year, apply to Essex.
  • Complete last two years of study at Essex School of Law.
  • Graduate with both an Honours BA and LLB.

You can also visit Essex's School of law

Anna Purkey

Sample Careers

  • Activist
  • Corporate social responsibility officer
  • Foreign service worker
  • Human resources officer
  • Human rights officer
  • Human rights educator
  • Immigration officer
  • International aid worker
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Mediator
  • Policy analyst
  • Politician