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The Integrated Minor in Human Rights and Resources focuses on topics surrounding how the unequal distribution of natural and cultural resources shapes human experience, both within and beyond the traditional language of human rights.

For students pursuing careers in the sciences, the minor will allow them to place disciplinary expertise in a larger humanistic framework, and for students whose career paths lie outside of the sciences, the minor offers an opportunity to think about pressing global issues in the context of more specific forms of disciplinary knowledge.

The program is directed by Dr. Christopher Mead, Associate Professor, Honors College.

The Minor includes three distinct tracks: Utah, Mexico, and Peru. The Utah version of the minor includes an intensive field experience during Fall Break 2022 to locations such as Bears Ears, the west side of Salt Lake City valley, and the Navajo Nation. During summer of 2024, the Mexico track includes 4 weeks of coursework and language instruction in Mexico City and Oaxaca, while the Peru version offers similar programming in Lima and Cusco.

If you are an incoming or current Honors College student and are interested, apply to the Honors Human Rights and Resources Integrated Minor (application includes short essay responses).

Mexico


Who: 15 Honors students, open to all majors

WhatDownload curriculum overview

  • 1 course Fall 2023: HONOR 2810 IT: Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • 1 course Spring 2024: HONOR 2285 Energy
  • 3 courses Summer 2024 intensive: HONOR 3601 IT: Latin America + HONOR XXXX Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion + SPAN 2600: Spanish Conversation
  • 1 course Fall 2024: HONOR 2211 Writing in Honors
  • 1 elective (any semester)

Where: 4-week summer intensive Mexico City and Oaxaca.

Cost: $5,500 + $1000 estimated airfare, with need-based scholarships available

APPLY for 2023-2024

“The Integrated Minor in Human Rights and Resources helped me realize the interconnected relationships between our everyday habits and activities and the way they impact our society…I feel the experience was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had on campus so far and I would certainly recommend it to everyone thinking about it… It builds a really quick sense of community on campus.”

– Gaby Karakcheyeva

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Peru


Who: 15 Honors students, open to all majors

What: Download curriculum overview

  • 1 course Fall 2023: HONOR 3601 IT: Latin America
  • 1 course Spring 2024: HONOR 2285 Energy
  • 3 courses Summer 2024 intensive: HONOR 2810 Intellectual Traditions: Peru + HONOR XXXX Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion + SPAN 2600: Spanish Conversation
  • 1 course Fall 2024: HONOR 2211 Writing in Honors
  • 1 elective (any semester)

Where: 4-week summer intensive in Peru

Cost: $6500 with need-based scholarships available

Apply for 2023-2024

“The Integrated Minor in Human Rights and resources marked a change in the way I think through several different aspects of my life. As an engineer, I’ve been told before that this form of study doesn’t matter, but I couldn’t disagree more. The minor has allowed me to realize my part in the world and discover more of what matters the most to me. It’s helped open my perspective, form a historical and observant mindset, and realize the intricate balance that we all play between each other and our use of the environment.”

– Noah Garcia

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Utah


Who: 20 Honors students, open to all majors

What: Download curriculum overview

  • 2 courses Fall 2023: HONOR 2820 Place-based IT: Human rights and resources in Utah and the Intermountain West + HONOR 2285 Energy
  • 2 courses Spring 2024: HONOR 2110 IT: Borders and Belonging + HONOR 2211 Writing in Honors
  • 2 electives (any semester)

Where: Fall break intensive (Oct 8-15, 2023) in locations such as Bears Ears, the west side of Salt Lake City, and the Navajo Nation.

Cost: No costs in addition to typical semester tuition, fees, etc.

Apply for 2023-2024

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