Graduate Course List

  • ISHR Spring 2020 Graduate Courses
  •     HRTS GU4185 Human Rights & Global Economic Justice
  •     HRTS GU4195 Topics in History, Memory, & Transitional Justice
  •     HRTS GU4270 Social Media & Human Rights
  •     HRTS GU4360 Menstruation, Gender, and Rights
  •     HRTS ​GU4380 Advocating & Campaigning for Social & Econ Rights
  •     HRTS GU4600 Human Rights in the Anthropocene
  •     HRTS GU4810 Religion and Human Rights 
  •     HRTS GU4880 International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights
  •     HRTS GR5600 Politics, Power & Trauma in Oral History
  •     HRTS GR6990 Human Rights Graduate Research Seminar
  •     HRTS GR6800 International Human Rights Law

As part of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), our students take courses in a range of departments, including Political Science, Religion, Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Sociology. Students can also take human rights related courses offered by other schools at Columbia.

Each semester, the program publishes a list of courses of potential interest to graduate students. We try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, but students should also consult the Directory of Classes, departments offering the course, and school bulletins for additional course information when planning their course schedules.

This course list is subject to change upon receipt of additional course information. If you would like to suggest an addition or modification to this list, please email relevant course information and syllabi to Courses that are not on the pre-approved list may also fulfill degree requirements if the student can demonstrate that he or she can complete substantial coursework specifically focusing on human rights in that course.

Before each semester’s registration period, students should confer with the program to verify that courses of interest fulfill degree requirements. Students should submit courses under consideration via the online Course Advising Form.

Approval of a class for the degree does not guarantee enrollment in that course. Students are responsible for following all registration and cross-registration procedures. Consult the Directory of Classes and individual departments/instructors regarding any permission/application/prerequisites needed for a course.

Types of Courses

Pre-Approved Courses

Pre-Approved Courses automatically count towards the degree as an elective human rights course. They fulfill the concentration requirement of the degree, depending on the student’s selected concentration.

Additional courses

These courses are additional courses of potential interest to human rights students. Courses on this list, as well as others listed on the Directory of Classes, may fulfill degree requirements if the student can demonstrate that he or she can complete substantial coursework specifically focusing on human rights. Students who would like to count one of these courses towards the degree should consult with the program.


Dept Course # Format Title Instructor(s) Credits
ANTH GR6170 SEM Law, History and Anthropology Messick, Brinkley 3.0
CLEN GR6300 SEM Literature and Politics: Black Radicalism and the Archive Edwards, Brent H. 4.0
CLEN GU4550 LEC Narrative and Human Rights Slaughter, Joseph R 3.0
EDPA TC4086 LEC Law and Edu: Issues of Authority, Religion, Free Speech & Safety Heubert, J. 3.0
HIST W4518 SEM Columbia University and Slavery Jacoby, Karl 4.0
HROH UN5555 SEM Human Rights & Oral History: Testimony, Memory, and Trauma Westhof, Zoe 4.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Ikawa, D. 3.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Winkler, Inga 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4215 SEM NGOs and the Human Rights Movement: Strategies, Successes and Challenges Bickford, Louis 3.0
HRTS GU4230 SEM Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4400 SEM Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights Currah, Paisley 3.0
HRTS GU4650 SEM Children's Rights Advocacy Becker & Bochenek 3.0
HRTS GU4900 SEM UN Human Rights Bodies: Impact, Reform, Advocacy Winkler, Inga 4.0
HRTS GU4950 SEM Human Rights and Human Wrongs Cronin, Bruce 3.0
HRTS GR9040 - Internship Nettelfield, Lara 1.0
HRTS GU4915 SEM Human Rights and Urban Public Space Chasin, Noah 3.0
ITSF TC4160 LEC Human Rights in Africa: Politics, Policies, and Pedagogies Russell, S 3.0
ITSF TC4613 LEC International Perspectives on Peace and Human Rights Education Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
ITSF TC5008 LEC Gender, Education, and International Development Bishop, E 3.0
WMST GU4000 SEM Genealogies of Feminism: Vision and Difference Hirsch, Marianne 4.0
WMST GU4317 SEM Advanced Topics: Gender, Culture, and Rights Bernstein, Elizabeth 4.0