Human rights studies at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) endeavor to underscore the convergence between the American national purpose and respect for individual rights. The language of human rights has significant moral content and is not mere rhetoric. The United States is coming to the realization that “nation-building”, whether domestically or internationally, will be on its agenda for decades to come. The only reasonable standard for such activity is human-rights related. The basic right, freedom of speech, invites inquiry into the possible support of legal access rights, of political rights, of public service and public works rights, and of welfare. The teaching mission is to provide support toward the minor in Professional and Applied Ethics and the Medical Certificate.