Q. Why should I join the Human Rights Program?
A. The study of human rights will allow you to follow world events intelligently and knowledgeably. It will give you a critical framework for understanding and analyzing government policy, international relations and corporate behavior. A Minor or Certificate in Human Rights will enhance your analytic skills, give you an introduction to international law and institutions, and help you in your future career.  It will help you stand out when you apply to jobs, law school, or graduate school.

Q. How can I apply to the Human Rights Program?
A. Students can apply by meeting with the Program Director and completing a Minor (or Certificate) declaration form. Contact HRP Director Smita Narula at or (212) 396-7924 for an appointment.

Q. What are the academic requirements to enter the program?
A. You must have completed HR 200 (Introduction to Human Rights) with a grade of B (3.0) or better, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. HR 200 should be taken in the sophomore year or first semester of the junior year.

Q. How many credits are required for a Minor in Human Rights?
A. The Minor consists of HR 200, completion of a 3-credit internship (with registration in HR 250), and three (3) electives from the program’s approved list of elective cognate courses, only one of which may be in your Major department, for a total of 15 credits.

Q. How do I pursue the Certificate in Human Rights?
A. In addition to completing all the requirements for the Minor, the Certificate requires that you also complete the Internship Seminar (HR 260), the Capstone Seminar (HR 350), and one additional elective course (thus four altogether), from the program’s approved list, for a total of 24 credits.

Q. Can I use the courses in this program to fulfill general education, pluralism & diversity, writing and major requirements?
A. Any course that has been approved for such purposes can be applied toward these requirements.

Q. What if I am a transfer student; how many courses can I bring from another school into the program?
A. All students are required to take Introduction to Human Rights (HR 200) and the Human Rights Internship (HR 250) at Hunter College. No credits for the Minor or Certificate can be transferred from another institution without special approval of the program director based on closely matching approved elective cognate courses in the program.

Q. Where will the classes be held?
A. The Introduction to Human Rights (HR 200), and HR elective cognate courses, as well as the Internship Seminar (HR 260) and the Capstone Seminar (HR 350) will be offered in state-of-the-art classrooms at Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th Street. Cognate courses from other departments will be held at Hunter College’s 68th Street campus. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Sara Delano Roosevelt library as a study space.

Q. Are the Introduction to Human Rights course (HR 200) and the Capstone Seminar (HR 350) open to all students?
A. HR 200 is open to all Hunter students, with a prerequisite of ENGL 120. HR 260 and HR 350 are open only to students enrolled to pursue a Certificate in Human Rights, or with the permission of the instructor to students enrolled in the Minor. These courses cannot be used to fulfill any other requirements.