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Human Rights

Human Rights

The HUMAN RIGHTS option examines the history, development, enforcement, and violations of concepts of the basic rights of humanity. Whether through questions of torture, freedom of conscience, trafficking of women and children, agreements about prisoners of war, human rights constantly need redefining and rethinking if they are to be broad enough to cover everyone on our planet and specific enough to have a real effect on human behavior.

Courses for Fall 2022

Course Number
Course Title
AFAM 100
Black Freedom Struggles
AFAM/HIST 211
Atlantic Slavery & Freedom
AFR 192
Modern African History
AFR 310/APLNG 310
Language Rights, Policy, and Planning
ASIA 457
Hiroshima and the Holocaust in History and Memory
CAS 321
Rhetoric and Law
CAS 426W
Communication Ethics
CMLIT 143
Human Rights and World Literature
CMLIT 497
Special Topics
ENGL 245
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
GER 128
The Holocaust in Film and Literature
GER/RUS 143
The Culture of Stalinism and Nazism
HIST 465
The Post WWII Civil Rights Movement
HIST/JST 439
Women and the Holocaust
JST 474/ASIA/HIST 457
Hiroshima & the Holocaust in History and Memory
JST/HIST 121
History of the Holocaust 1933-1945
PHIL 105
Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics
PHIL 108
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 405
Philosophy of Law
PHIL 408W
Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy
PLSC 414
Dictators and Their Demise
SOC 119
Race and Ethnic Relations
WMNST 200
Global Feminisms
WMNST 301
Sexualities, Gender and Power: Feminist Thought and Politics
WMNST 428
Gender and Politics

Other Human Rights Courses

Course Number
Course Title
AFR/PLSC 464
Extractive Industries in Africa
CAS 455
Gender Roles in Communication
CMLIT 455
Ethics, Jusice, and Rights in World Literature
ENGL 226
Latina and Latino Border Theories
ENGL 228
Introduction to Disability Studies in the Humanities
ENGL 312
Globality & Literature
HIST 320
Contemporary World History
HIST 479
History of Imperialism and Nationalism in Africa
HIST/JST 426
Holocaust
JST/HIST/RLST 409/RLST 407
Antisemitisms
JST/PHIL/RLST 478
Ethics after the Holocaust
JST/PHIL/RLST 478
Ethics After the Holocaust
JST/SOC/ANTH 457
Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places
LER 400
Comparative Employment Relations
LER 475 H
Labor in the Global Economy
LGWR 520
Global Workers' Rights (This is a Masters level course--undergraduates should email the instructor to request permission to enroll.)
PHIL 479
Critical Theory
PLSC 132
The Politics of International Intolerance
PLSC 451
The Politics of Human Rights
PLSC 464
Extractive Industries in Africa
PLSC/JST 450H
Genocide and Tyranny
RUS 101
Russian Film
RUS 144
Multicultural Russia: Narratives of Race and Ethnicity in Russian Literature and Culture
RUS 145
Putin’s Russia and Its Protest Culture
SOC 497
Solving Wicked Social Problems
WMNST 466
Lesbian and Gay History

Courses Outside the Liberal Arts

Course Number
Course Title
COMM 403
Law of Mass Communications (only allows COMM majors)
EDTHP 401 / CIED 401
Introduction to Comparative Education: Making Sense of Policy, Research, and Data in Globalized Education
EDTHP 435
Child Labor and Education in the Global Economy
GEOG 30 / GEOG 30N
Environment and Society in a Changing World
GEOG 426W
Gendered Worlds
GEOG 433
Geographies of Justice

400 Level Courses With No Prerequisites

Course Number
Course Title
COMM 403
Law of Mass Communications (only allows COMM majors)
EDTHP 435
Child Labor and Education in the Global Economy

Majors should select 21 credits in the Option courses.

  • 15 credits of these 21 will be in a single Option concentration (no more than 6 credits towards the Option completion are to be from courses in a single department).
  • 6 credits of these 21 are from other Options.
  • At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level or higher.