Human Rights

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Human Rights Minor

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 US 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 upper-division courses (twenty-eight units), at least twenty of them at the upper-division level. The human rights minor is an interdisciplinary program and students are allowed to take no more than three courses in one department.

The human rights minor is administered by Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC). 

Required Courses:

HMNR 100/HITO 119. Human Rights I: Introduction to Human Rights and Global Justice (4)

HMNR 101/ANSC 140. Human Rights II: Contemporary Issues (4)

Core Courses

(Choose two courses from the list below)

HIEU 157. Religion and Law in Modern European History (4)

HITO 134. International Law—War Crimes and Genocide (4)

HIUS 155B. Religion and Law in American History (4)

Phil 162. Contemporary Moral Issues (4)  

Phil 167. Contemporary Political Philosophy (4)

Phil 168. Philosophy of Law (4)

COMM 114F. Communication and Social Institutions: Law, Communication, and Freedom of Expression (4-4)

COMM 163. Concepts of Freedom (4) 

ETHN 152. Law and Civil Rights (4)

LAWS 101. Contemporary Legal Issues (4) 

Poli Sci 110B. Sovereigns, Subjects, and the Modern State: Political Thought from Machiavelli to Rousseau (4) 

Poli Sci 122. Politics of Human Rights (4)

Poli Sci 140A. International Law and Organizations (4)

Poli Sci 104B. Civil Liberties—Fundamental Rights (4) 

Poli Sci 104C. Civil Liberties—The Rights of Criminals and Minorities (4)

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

(Choose three courses from the list below)

COMM 108D. Politics of Bodies: Disability (4) 

COMM 128. Education and Global Citizenship (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)

HIUS 165/ETHN 182. Segregation, Freedom Movements, and the Crisis of the Twentieth Century (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 Sci 104I. Law and Politics—Courts and Political Controversy (4)   

Poli Sci 104M. Law and Sex (4)

Poli Sci 110EB. American Political Thought from Civil War to Civil Rights (4) 

Poli Sci 110EC. American Political Thought: Contemporary Debates (4) 

Poli Sci 124. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Poli Sci 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 169. Citizenship, Community, and Culture (4)

SOCI 175. Nationality and Citizenship (4) 

SOCI 177. International Terrorism (4) 

SOCI 183. Minorities and Nations (4) 

SOCI 188I. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (4)

SOCI 189G. Chinese Society (4)

CGS 106. Gender Equality and the Law (4)  

CGS 107. Gender and Reproductive Rights (4) 

Courses repeatable for credit may only be used once for the minor.

Virtual Advising:

Minor Adviser: Sonlong Nguyen