Human Rights and Equity Studies

Are you concerned with the inequity present in today’s society - be it social, economic or rights-based? Do you see yourself in a field studying or working on issues revolving around questions of contemporary human rights, their development and implementation around the world? If you want to make a difference for the world’s underprivileged after you finish university, by working to improve the lives of millions around the world, majoring in Human Rights and Equity Studies at York may be a fantastic option. Offered by the Department of Equity Studies, you will delve into issues ranging from refugee policy and international ethics, politics and justice to social theories of human rights and economics.

Career Options in Human Rights and Equity Studies

Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Human Rights and Equity Studies. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Human Rights and Equity Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Human Rights and Equity Studies than others.

  • Author
  • Activist
  • Blogger
  • Charity Event Planner
  • Child Rights Advocate
  • Community Centre Director
  • Community Worker
  • Cultural Consultant
  • Editor
  • Embassy Ambassador
  • Entrepreneur
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Administrator
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Immigration Rights Advisor
  • Immigration Advocate
  • International Human Rights Worker
  • Magazine Contributor
  • Media Correspondent
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aid
  • NGO Director
  • Policy Advisor
  • Politician
  • Refugee Rights Advocate
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Writer
  • Teacher
  • Trade Union Representative
  • UN Representative
  • Women’s Rights Advocate

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.