New Minor - Human Rights Studies

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New Minor

Human Rights Studies

The Human Rights Studies minor provides students with an understanding of human rights philosophy, norms, law, institutions, and practices.  The core courses provide a conceptual and theoretical grounding of the field along with a critical awareness of fundamental twenty-first century challenges to human dignity that transcends national boundaries.  The interdisciplinary curriculum will be drawn from the fields of Political Science, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, International Studies, and Literature.  Combined with their related majors, students will graduate with a substantive grasp of human rights, particularly in the context of their major fields.



Required Core Courses: 6 credits (3 per course)

Human Rights I:  Philosophy and History (HRS/HIST/IAS/PHIL/PSC 20000)  

Human Rights II:  Politics, Law, and Institutions (PSC 26600)             


Electives:  9-12 credits

PSC 35800:  Humanitarian Intervention                                                                 

PSC 21300:  Civil Liberties                                                                                         

PSC 31162:  Human Rights and Human Wrongs                                                   

PSC 31171:  Human Rights and the Laws of War                                       


SOC 31160:  Latinas and Reproductive Rights                                                   

SOC 31154:  Undocumented: Life in the Shadows      


 ANTH 32200:  Immigrant & Refugee Movement & Cultures      

ANTH 32400:  Violation of Human Rights                                                             

ANTH 35000:  Race & Racism                                                                                 

INTL/ANTH 31606:  Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Identity                

ANTH 31110:  Islam and Human Rights                                                               

ANTH 31403:  Women and Violations of Human Rights                                     


HIST B0912:  The Holocaust                                                                                      

HIST B0910 / HIST 31824 (CWE):  History of Human Rights                                

HIST B2313:  Fascism- Nazism – Totalitarianism          

HIST B2315:  Genocide in the 20th Century                                                            

HIST B2316:  Modern Dictators                                                                             


PHIL 30800:  Ethics                                                                                                     

PHIL 34600:  Feminist Philosophy                                                                            

PHIL 34905:  Biomedical Ethics                                                                                


IAS 31115 (CWE):  Immigrant Rights and the Law                                                

IAS 31154 (CWE):  Women’s Rights as Human Rights                                        

IAS 31407 (CWE):  Childhood Poverty                                                                 

IAS 31504 (CWE):  Forced Migrations                                                                     

MCA 31414 (CWE): Film and Human Rights    


Please note: CWE courses are offered at the downtown CCNY campus and count for 4 credits.


Minors may take other elective course as approved by the Program Director.


The program will also help minors secure an internship with a New York-based human rights organization.  Students can receive three elective credits toward the minor for this.