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Embrey Human Rights Program

Major or Minor Requirements

The Human Rights major consists of thirty hours of coursework, a second major or a minor, and at least eleven hours in any 1 foreign language. At least twelve hours in addition to the core courses must be taken at the advanced level (3000 or above). No more than 6 hours taken for the human rights major can be counted towards any other major or minor.

  • Core Courses (12 hours)
    Students must complete 4 required courses (HIST 2201/HRTS 3301 - America's Dilemma: The Struggle for Human Rights; WGST 3310/HRTS 3310 - Gender and Human Rights; PLSC 4334 - The Politics and Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement; and HRTS 4343 - Ethics and Human Rights). It is suggested to take the courses in the order listed above.

  • Human Rights Track (9 hours)
    Students must complete 3 courses from either the Gender and Human Rights Track or the Public Policy and Human Rights Track. Courses in either track must be taken from at least 2 departments and include at least 6 hours at the 3000 level or above.

  • Electives (9 hours)
    Students must complete 3 elective courses from the Approved Elective List (or other courses as approved by the Director). The electives must include courses from at least 2 departments and include at least 3 hours at the 3000 level or above.

  • Second Major or a Minor in a related Field
    Given the interdisciplinary nature of the study of Human Rights, students are required to complete a second major or minor in a related field.

  • Language
    Students must successfully complete at least 11 hours in any 1 foreign language or demonstrate proficiency through testing or other approved means.

A Human Rights minor consists of a minimum of 18 hours of coursework, including the required course Human Rights: American's Dilemma (HRTS 3301/HIST 3301). The remaining 15 hours must been taken from the Approved Elective List; at least 9 hours of these must be at the 3000 level or above. In addition to HRTS/HIST 3301, no more than 2 courses from any 1 department may be taken as electives unless pre-approval is given by the Director.

The minor also requires a commitment of students' effort, time and talent in defense of or in advocacy for human rights.  Students will complete either a twenty-hour service learning placement with a human rights community-based agency (as a component of HRTS/HIST 3301) or will receive independent credit (HIST 4398, 4399) by participating in an Embrey Human Rights Program sponsored journey to a location where recent human rights violations have occurred or are occurring (e.g., Cambodia, Rwanda, Poland, Argentina, the U.S.-Mexico border) and completing a research paper on a human rights topic related to the site.

A Human Rights minor consists of a minimum of 18 hours of coursework, including the required course Human Rights: American's Dilemma (HRTS 3301/HIST 3301). The remaining 15 hours must been taken from the Approved Elective List; at least 9 hours of these must be at the 3000 level or above. In addition to HRTS/HIST 3301, no more than 2 courses from any 1 department may be taken as electives unless pre-approval is given by the Director.

The minor also requires a commitment of students' effort, time and talent in defense of or in advocacy for human rights.  Students will complete either a twenty-hour service learning placement with a human rights community-based agency (as a component of HRTS/HIST 3301) or will receive independent credit (HIST 4398, 4399) by participating in an Embrey Human Rights Program sponsored journey to a location where recent human rights violations have occurred or are occurring (e.g., Cambodia, Rwanda, Poland, Argentina, the U.S.-Mexico border) and completing a research paper on a human rights topic related to the site.