Human Rights

Associate Professor Marcano (Philosophy), Director; Associate Academic Dean and Professor Cardenas (Political Science), Professors Dworin (Theater and Dance), and Euraque (History and International Studies), Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History Greenberg (History), Professors Raskin (Psychology and Neuroscience), and Wade (Philosophy, International Studies, and Public Policy and Law); Associate Professor Bauer (International Studies); Assistant Professor Markle (History and International Studies); Visiting Lecturer Lea

The study of human rights draws on multiple disciplines and perspectives to address fundamental questions relating to the humane treatment of people—theoretically, historically, and globally. Students explore the complexities underlying civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights. For example, what are internationally recognized human rights norms, and what are their origins and controversies? Why do human rights conditions vary so widely? How and why do human rights practices change, and how can more effective human rights policies be devised? How are human rights abuses and aspirations expressed through literature and the arts? And how might we approach the study of human rights critically, questioning its assumptions and applicability across diverse contexts? Students who wish to pursue an in-depth examination of human rights issues may undertake an individually tailored, interdisciplinary major in human rights studies. Student learning in the major is supplemented by co-curricular opportunities, including lectures, films, performances, exhibits, and internships.

The individually tailored, interdisciplinary major in human rights studies—An individually tailored major in human rights studies consists of three core courses, two specialized electives, five general electives, and a senior thesis or project. No more than two courses may be double-counted toward another major or minor. Students must earn a minimum of C- in any given course to receive credit for the major. Declaration forms and instructions are available from the Human Rights Program director.

Requirements for the major

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