The Graduate Certificate in Human Rights and Documentary Media provides training in documentary media to advance human rights. The Certificate Program will appeal to: 1) students who have some documentary media background and would like to learn how documentary media can be used to advance human rights; 2) human rights stakeholders, such as those currently working in non-governmental organizations that are interested in adding the ability to create documentary media to advance their causes; 3) recent undergraduate students from the US and abroad with strong interests in social justice and human rights; and 4) students graduating from other UA programs especially M.A. and Ph.D. students (in such fields as Anthropology, Public Health, Sociology, Development Practice, and Arid Lands) who will be interested in receiving focused training in human rights and documentary media.
Students will have the opportunity to engage with distinguished filmmakers and media activists through videoconferences, internships, class projects, mentorships, and capstone projects. The Certificate complements our existing M.A. courses in which students learn how to document human rights needs and abuses, advocate for, claim, and enact just practices, laws and communities that respect human rights across the world, and repair sequelae of human rights abuses.
Graduates of this certificate program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:
Please visit https://humanrightspractice.arizona.edu for comprehensive information about this program.
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ mission is to advance research on people, engage new generations of scholars in the process of discovery through undergraduate and graduate teaching, and share discoveries with the community through public education and outreach.
SBS is home to twenty-one schools, departments, research units, and outreach centers, and our programs are some of the most highly ranked in the country, with a collective research prominence rivaling that of the best public higher education institutions in the country. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is proud to serve a vital function in the State of Arizona as well as in the Southwest and US more broadly.
The program is housed in the Human Rights Practice Programs (HRTS) within SBS.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Arizona International Direct - Online
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
Statement of Purpose
One Letter of Recommendation
Minimum GPA: 2.75 or international equivalent
Must hold Bachelor's degree from accredited university
C.V. or resume
Proof of English Proficiency if applicant is from a country where English is not the official language.
Confirmation of access to a computer and reliable Internet connection.
If applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, English proficiency must be demonstrated through any one of the following tests:
TOEFL, minimum score of 79 iBT or 550 PBT
International English Language Testing System (IELTS), minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below 6
Pearson PTE Academic: minimum score of 69
Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Minimum credit hours: 18 units.
15 credits of core courses will be required:
HRTS 500 – Advancing Human Rights (3 credits)
HRTS 541 – Advancing Human Rights through Documentary Media (3 Credits)
FTV 544 – Documentary Production (3 Credits)
HRTS 505 – Human Rights Voices (3 Credits)
HRTS 598C – Human Rights and Documentary Media Project (3 credits)
Program may accept up to 6 transfer units; please inquire with the Program Director
Minimum GPA for core courses: 3.0
3 Elective Credits from courses related to the students’ interests are required. Most often these will be from courses offered in the HRTS program, but courses from other departments can be taken with approval from the director of the HRTS program.
HRTS 501: Advancing Human Rights Organizations (3 Credits)
HRTS 502: Advancing Human Rights Organizations II (3 Credits)
HRTS 510: Advancing Human Rights Law (3 Credits)
HRTS 511: Advancing Human Rights through Strategic Litigation (3 Credits)
HRTS 520: Community-Based Participatory Action Research for Human Rights (3 Credits)
HRTS 542: Advancing Human Rights through the Arts (3 Credits)
HRTS 543: Advancing Human Rights with Technology (3 Credits)
HRTS 595A: Human Rights Across Contexts (1-3 Credits)
HRTS 596A: Human Rights Crises (1-3 Credits)
HRTS 596B: Cutting-Edge Advances in Human Rights Practice (1-3 Credits)
HRTS 597A: Exploring Human Rights through Virtual Field Trips (1-3 Credits)
HRTS 599: Independent Study (1-3 Credits)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.