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Curriculum

Students in the Human Rights Program may follow either of two academic tracks: a 15-credit Minor in human rights, or 24-credit Certificate. A key element of both tracks is the Human Rights Internship, HR 250, which gives students direct experience working with the researchers, advocates, lawyers and analysts who make up the human rights movement.

An interdisciplinary program, the Human Rights Program offers courses in political science, anthropology, sociology and history, among other fields of study.

Minor in Human Rights

The 15-credit Minor in Human Rights consists of two core human rights courses—a 3-credit introductory course and a 3-credit internship—plus three 3-credit cognate courses on specific human rights topics. (One of the three cognate courses may be in the student’s major field of study; the others must be in different disciplines.) To be accepted into the Minor program, a student 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.

Core Human Rights courses required for the Minor:

Certificate in Human Rights

The 24-credit Certificate in Human Rights consists of four core human rights courses—a 3-credit introductory course, a 3-credit internship, a 3-credit internship seminar and a 3-credit capstone seminar—plus four cognate courses. (Two of the four cognate courses may be in the student’s major field of study; the others must be in different disciplines.) To be accepted into the Certificate program, a student 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.

Core Human Rights courses required for the Certificate:

  • HR 200: Introduction to Human Rights (offered in Fall and Spring semesters; open to all students)
  • HR 250: Human Rights Internship (offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters; limited to students pursuing the Minor or Certificate)
  • HR 260: Internship Seminar (offered in Fall semester; explores impact of fieldwork and how NGOs operate; limited to Certificate students)
  • HR 350: Capstone Seminar (offered in Spring semester; senior thesis seminar; limited to Certificate students)

Human Rights Internships

One of the Human Rights Program’s core requirements is the Human Rights Internship course, HR 250, which is offered every semester. Undergraduate student internships are available at such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Human Rights Watch, the Urban Justice Center, and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, to name just a few.