Human Rights

Course descriptions

The field of concentration in Human Rights gives students an understanding of the legal instruments, norms, and institutions that constitute contemporary human rights law, as well as the social movements, cultural practices, and literary and artistic representations that have and continue to imagine the human rights ethic in various ways. In recent years, the human rights dimensions of many of the most vexing and pertinent issues at the global, national, and local level have gained prominence – including the problems of environmental deterioration, economic inequality, and ethnic and religious conflict. Students who major in Human Rights will be better equipped not only to understand the complex nature of these and other issues, but also to develop and pursue novel approaches toward a better world. In addition to studying the manifold histories, theories, and practices of human rights in a systematic and comprehensive manner, students majoring in Human Rights will also develop more specialized methodological and topical expertise in a second discipline.

To complete the Major in Human Rights, students are required to complete an additional, primary major offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or an additional degree program offered in another University School or College. For students completing a double major within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a minimum of 48 credits without overlap is required to earn both majors and students will receive one degree appropriate to their primary major.

For students completing a dual degree, at least 30 degree credits more than the degree with the higher minimum-credit requirement must be completed (a minimum of 150 credits) and students will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights along with another degree appropriate to their second program.

It is recommended that Human Rights majors declare their primary major by the end of their third semester.

Recommended course: HRTS 1007

Requirements for the Major in Human Rights

Undergraduate majors must complete a total of 36 credits: 9 credits of core courses with at least one course in each of groups A, B and C; 12 credits of elective courses from the lists of core courses (A, B and C) or elective courses; 12 credits of related courses as approved by the Director of the Human Rights Major; and HRTS 4291 or 4996W.

Core Courses

A. Institutions and Laws

HIST/HRTS 3202; HRTS 3200/W, 3420; POLS/HRTS 3212; SOCI/HRTS 3831.

B. History, Philosophy and Theory

ECON 3128; ENGL/HRTS 3631; HIST/HRTS 3201, 3207; PHIL/HRTS 3220/W; POLS/HRTS 3042.

C. Applications and Methods

ANTH/HRTS 3326; BADM or BLAW or HRTS 3252; BADM or BLAW or HRTS 3254; DRAM/HRTS 3139; ENGR or HRTS 3257; HRTS 3149/W, 3250/W, 3475; POLS/HRTS 3256/W, 3428, 3430; SOCI/HRTS 3835/W, 3837/W.

D. Elective Courses

Any HRTS course numbered 2000 or above; ANTH/HRTS 3028/W, 3153W; ANTH 3150/W; ANTH/WGSS 3350; ARTH/HRTS 3575; DRAM/HEJS/HRTS 2203; ECON 2126, 2127/W, 3473/W; ECON 2445/HRTS/WGSS 3445; EDCI 2100, 3100; ENGL/HRTS 3619; ENGL 3629; GEOG 3240; HDFS 3251; HIST/AASI 3531; HIST/WGSS 3562; HIST/HRTS/AFRA 3563; HIST 3100W, 3418, 3570; LLAS/HRTS 3221/HIST 3575; LLAS 3271/POLS 3834; NRE 2600; NURS 3225; PHIL/HRTS 2170W, 3219/W; PHIL 2215, 3218; POLS/HRTS 3418/W, 3807; POLS/WGSS 3249; POLS 3672/WGSS 3052; POLS 3211, 3255; POLS/ENGR/HRTS 3209; SOCI/AASI 3222/HRTS 3573; SOCI/HRTS 3421/W; SOCI 2503/W; SOCI/HRTS/AFRA 3505, 3825; WGSS/HRTS 2263; WGSS 2255, 3105, 3257, 3269.

E. Related Courses

A minimum of 12 credits of related courses (2000 level or above) must be approved by the director of the Human Rights major.

F. Capstone Course (3 credits)

HRTS 4291 or HRTS 4996/W

Information Literacy and Writing Requirements

The following courses satisfy the Information Literacy Competency and Writing in the Major requirements: ANTH/HRTS 3028W, 3153W; ANTH 3150W; ARTH 3575W; ECON 3473WEDCI 3100W; HRTS 3149W, 3200W, 3250W, 4996W; HRTS/PHIL 2170W, 3219W, 3220W; POLS 3211W; POLS/HRTS 3256W, 3418W; SOCI 2503W, 3421W; SOCI/HRTS 3835W, 3837W; and WGSS 2255W, 3105W, 3257W.

A minor in Human Rights is described in the Minors section.

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