Why Study Human Rights at SMU?

The SMU Human Rights Program is dedicated to providing opportunities for promoting, defending, and extending human rights.

As the premier human rights organization in higher education, SMU Human Rights seeks to help individuals advance their dreams through academic achievement, human rights travel experiences, field work, and community outreach efforts.  

The Human Rights Program specializes in three areas of human rights work

Major/Minor Undergraduate Academics


SMU is one of seven U.S. institutions to offer a bachelor's degree in this field.
Human Rights Trips trips

Human Rights Trips

The Program facilitates several human rights trips throughout the world each year. 
Action and Outreach river

Action and Outreach

The program offers leadership to a variety of outreach and action efforts every semester.