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Human Rights

Bard College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
New York City
English
Fall
Application deadline: Early Applications Due: November 1, Regular Applications Due: January 1
Human Rights

Program description

Human Rights

The Human Rights Program is a transdisciplinary program involving such diverse fields as literature, political studies, history, anthropology, economics, film and media, and art history. It emphasizes integrative historical and conceptual investigations, and offers a rigorous background that can inform meaningful practical engagements. The program seeks to orient students in the intellectual tradition of human rights and provide them the resources with which to appreciate and criticize its contemporary status.

Admission requirements

International Students:

Required materials:

  • Apply using the Common Application.
  • High School transcript (Include mid-year senior grades if available at the time you apply.)
  • School Report (Form is generally completed by a high school counselor and includes a school profile.)
  • Teacher recommendations (Two are required: We prefer that one recommendation come from an English or humanities instructor and one from a math or science instructor.)
  • TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test. All international applicants who speak a foreign language other than English as their primary language must submit a completed TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test.
  • Students who attend High Schools with full English instruction may request to be considered for a TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver, Subject: International Applicant - TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver

Optional materials:

  • In addition to the TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo requirement, we recommend participating in the optional English Proficiency supplements with one of our two service partners: IntialView or Vericant.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.


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Program content

The program encourages students to treat human rights as an intellectual question, and through their explorations of it to understand what is at stake in what they think and do. Being serious about human rights means challenging the new human rights orthodoxy, thinking critically about human rights as a profession rather than merely training for it, and resisting a post–Cold War triumphalism. It also means rejecting the claim that human rights are only matters of law and diplomacy, or a fig leaf for Western imperialism. Instead, the program engages openly with the history and the actuality of the idea, teaching students to explore its trajectory with attention to the arguments over its meanings, the passions it arouses, and the extent of its influences and effects.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

First-Year Students

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $225

Returning Resident

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

Returning Off-Campus

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $0
  • Campus facilities fee: $352
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

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Bard College

Bard is a liberal arts college of 1900 undergraduates. Our largest campus is located 90 miles north of New York City and situated on the Hudson River near the Catskill Mountains. Bard also has a growing network of campuses and...


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Bard College

30 Campus Road
12504 Annandale-on-Hudson New York
United States of America

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