The UICHR regularly offers undergraduate courses that explore complex issues and subjects related to human rights. These courses are offered through the College of Law as part of the Certificate in Human Rights, but are open to any students at the University of Iowa. 

Regular course offerings include: 

HRTS:2115 Introduction to Human Rights (fall, spring, and summer)
Analysis and evaluation of the international human rights program; relationship between human rights and international law.

HRTS:3906 Global Crises in Human Rights (fall)
A multidisciplinary course exploring human rights in context of global challenges. Topics change from semester to semester, and may include military conflict, nuclear war, human trafficking, environmental disasters, and other international human rights crises.

HRTS:3910 Human Rights Advocacy (fall)
Theoretical foundations and critical issues for international human rights advocacy and international humanitarian movements.

HRTS:3920 Seminar in Human Rights Praxis: Supervised Internship (spring)
Supervised internship in human rights praxis; focus on field-based advocacy and human rights frameworks.

HRTS:3905 Topics in Human Rights (fall and spring)
Topics courses examine emerging human rights issues from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Examples of Topics offerings include: 

  • Human Rights, Social Justice, and Business in a Globalized World (fall 2021, off cycle September 21 - December 2, registration open now for this 2 credit hour course)
  • Human Rights @ Iowa (spring 2022)
  • Human Rights at the Local Level (spring 2022, off cycle)
  • One Community, One Book (fall 2022, off cycle)
  • Epidemic Disease and the Future of Work 
  • Democracy and Human Rights 

Please view the UI Office of the Registrar for information regarding registration deadlines for courses or email Jo Butterfield, Advisor Human Rights Certificate, at