This certificate program is intended to provide academic and practical training for students who intend to work in a range of organizations focused on the issues of human rights. This includes domestic and international organizations. The program integrates classroom learning with practical field experience through a series of courses across three different disciplines. The program seeks to help to fill a need for students seeking work in this field. Human rights advocacy is a rapidly growing area of work among non-governmental, governmental, and intergovernmental organizations around the world. While this program has clear benefits for students in experience and employability is also serves the broader interest of the University of West Georgia in building stronger community partner-ships.

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  • Overview

    To apply for this certificate fill out the Online Application.


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

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  • Cost

    For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Major Required

    • POLS-4215 - Management of Non-Profit Organizations

      This course is designed to explore the theoretical principles and practical applications of management for charities and/or nonprofit organizations. The underlying thesis of this course is that by understanding fundamental principles such as developing effective mission and objectives statements, fundraising, marketing and accounting strategies, nonprofits can become more effective and responsive to their constituency's needs. The course will include a field research component.

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    • POLS-4517 - Global Human Rights

      The issue of human rights is not a new one. Instead, its roots can be traced to antiquity, beginning with the Magna Charta. However, the importance of human rights in global relations if a post-World War Two phenomenon. The genocidal acts committed by Hitler’s Germany placed human rights on the international agenda. Since then, the significance of human rights in the global system has grown. In addition, the study of human rights has become a major area of intellectual inquiry. Against this background, this course is designed to examine some of the major issues in the human rights field—ranging from the conceptual and methodological tool boxes to critical issues such as the right to work, the right to education, torture, genocide, the rights of women and children, minorities, indigenous peoples, and the responsibility to protect. Importantly, these issues will be examined within the context of morality, international law, and realpolitik.

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Specific requirements are associated with the following areas: Freshman;  Adult Learners;  TransferInternationalHome SchoolJoint/Dual EnrollmentTransientAuditorPost-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking    

    Application Deadlines

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  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives

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