Minor in Human Rights

Offered by Eleanor Roosevelt College

The purpose of the human rights minor is to encourage students to treat human rights as an intellectual and practical question. Students will engage openly with the history and the implementation of human rights, explore its origins and trajectory, the passions it arouses, and the range of its influences and effects. The development and multiple meanings of human rights, its institutional advocates and adversaries, the attendant moral dilemmas are all recognized today as topics of profound interest and objects of study. Many of the courses in the minor have a clear international content but a good portion has a U.S. or comparative approach. This program helps to prepare students for a career in research and teaching, working in NGOs that advocate for and monitor human rights compliance, government agencies, or law.

To receive a minor in Human Rights, a student must complete seven four-unit courses (twenty eight units): including two required courses (HMNR 100 and HMNR 101), and five courses from the list of approved courses (see below), at least two of which should be from the list of Core Courses. Since the human rights minor is an interdisciplinary program, students are allowed to take no more than three courses in any one department.

Required Courses

HMNR 100/HITO 119: Human Rights I: Introduction to Human Rights and Global Justice
Patrick Patterson
Explores where human rights come from and what they mean by integrating them into a history of modern society, from the Conquest of the Americas and the origins of the Enlightenment, to the Holocaust and the contemporary human rights regime.

HMNR 101/ANSC 140: Human Rights II: Contemporary Issues
Nancy Postero
Interdisciplinary discussion that outlines the structure and functioning of the contemporary human rights regime, and then delves into the relationship between selected human rights protections—against genocide, torture, enslavement, political persecution, etc.—and their violation, from the early Cold War to the present.

Core Courses

HIEU 157 Religion and Law in Modern European History (4)
HIUS 155B Religion and Law in American History (4)
HITO 134 International Law-War Crimes and Genocide (4)
PHIL 162 Contemporary Moral Issues (4)
PHIL 167 Contemporary Political Philosophy (4)
PHIL 168 Philosophy of Law (4)
COMM 114F Law, Communication, and Freedom of Expression (4)
COMM 163 Concepts of Freedom (4)
ETHN 152 Law and Civil Rights (4)
LAWS 101 Contemporary Legal Issues (4)
POLI 110B Sovereigns, Subjects, and the Modern State: Political Thought
from Machiavelli to Rousseau (4)
POLI 104B Civil Liberties—Fundamental Rights (4)
POLI 104C Civil Liberties—The Rights of Criminals and Minorities (4)
POLI 140A International Law and Organizations (4)
POLI 140D International Human Rights Law: Rights of Migrants (4)
POLI 122 Politics of Human Rights
SOCI 111E Human Rights: Principles and Problems (4)
SOCI 111F Human Rights: Practices and Cases (4)
SOCC 163 Migration and the Law (4)
SOCD 151

Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations (4)

Additional Courses

COMM 108D Politics of Bodies: Disability (4)
COMM 128 Education and Global Citizenship (4)
HIUS 136 Citizenship and Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century (4)
HIEU 139 The Origins of Constitutions (4)
HIUS 152A A Constitutional History of the United States to 1865 (4)
HIUS 152B A Constitutional History of the United States Since 1865 (4)
HIUS 155A Religion and Law in American History (4)
LTCS 125 Cultural Perspectives on Immigration and Citizenship (4)
LTCS 131 Topics in Queer Cultures/Queer Subcultures (4)
LTWL 151 Religion and Politics (4)
ECON 137 Inequality and Poverty (4)
ETHN 103 Environmental Racism (4)
ETHN 109 Race and Social Movements (4)
ETHN 161 Black Politics and Protest Since 1941 (4)
POLI 104I Law and Politics—Courts and Political Controversy (4)
POLI 104M Law and Sex (4)
POLI 110EB American Political Thought from Civil War to Civil Rights (4)
POLI 110EC American Political Thought: Contemporary Debates (4)
POLI 111D Social Norms and Global Development (4) *Effective FA15
POLI 145B Conflict and Cooperation in International Politics (4)
SOCI 125 Sociology of Immigration (4)
SOCI 138 Genetics and Society (4)
SOCI 140F Law and the Workplace (4)
SOCI 147 Organizations, Society, and Social Justice (4)
SOCI 169 Citizenship, Community, and Culture (4)
SOCI 175 Nationality and Citizenship (4)
SOCI 177 International Terrorism (4)
SOCI 183 Minorities and Nations (4)
SOCI 189G Chinese Society  (4)
CGS 106 Gender Equality and the Law (4)
CGS 107 Gender and Reproductive Rights (4)


Minor Advisor:

Amado Berrios

Academic Counselor

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