Human Rights Minor Requirements

In this minor, students receive interdisciplinary instruction in domestic and international issues related to human rights and civil liberties through classroom courses.  Students can also gain valuable practical experience in the human rights/civil liberties field through a supervised internship. 

The minor in Human Rights requires 18 hours. All students must complete PS459: Human Rights. Of the remaining 15 hours, no more than 6 can be taken from any one discipline. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a 3-hour internship as part of this minor.

The following courses are approved for credit towards the Human Rights minor:

ANT313 Peoples and Cultures of Africa

ANT317 Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica

ANT321 Culture and Immigration

ANT416 Ethnographic Field Methods

CMS455 Seminar in Freedom of Speech

CMS460 Public Advocacy and Advanced Argumentation

CJ426 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

CJ430 Criminal Procedure

CJ431 Enviromental Law

CJ482 Criminal Justice Ethics

ECO327 Economics of Africa

ECO336 Survey of International Economics

ECO440 Economic Development

ENG312 Post-Colonial Literature

ENG372 African American Literature

ENG473 Studies in African American Literature

GHY331 Cultural Systems in the Environment

GHY341 Geography and World Political Affairs

GHY402 Middle America

GHY403 South America

HIS374 African American Survey, 1890-Present

HIS402 Imperialism, Nationalism, and Decolonization

HIS408 African American History in Contemporary Film

HIS423 Gay and Lesbian History

HIS445 Racial Thought in the Western World

HIS456 Nazi Germany

HIS474 History of American Indians

HIS477 Women in American Society

HIS478 Studies in Civil Rights

HIS484 The History and Culture of Working Class America

MCJ355 Minorities and Women in Media

MCJ 462 Media Critism

PHI300 Business Ethics

PHI451 Philosophy of Politics

PHI457 Environment Ethics

PS303 American Political Movements

PS405 Women and Politics

PS453 Politics and Protest

PS454 Government and Politics in Africa

PS456 Latin American Governments and Politics

PS488 Women and the Law

PS489 Civil Rights and Liberties

PS492 Special Problems*

REL445 Modern Islamic Thought

REL460 Global Religious Ethics

SOC240 Social Problems

SOC301 Wealth, Status, and Power

SOC350 Race and Ethnicity

SOC355 Collective Behavior and Social Movements

SOC415 Sociology of Gender

SWK300 Social Welfare and Social Problems

SWK315 Human Diversity in a Changing World

WS301 Introduction to Women's Studies

WS410 Women in American Society**

WS420 Women and Politics


*PS 492 (Special Problems). Approved by Board of Directors Feb. 3, 2006 with these requirements: (1) a student may apply only three hours of PS 492 toward the minor without approval from the College; (2) applying any 492 credits from a department other than political science requires approval of the Advisor of the Human Rights Minor.

**WS 410 and WS 420 are cross listed courses in History and Political Science.



Students interested in pursuing a minor in human rights should contact the minor advisor:

Dr. Kate Greene