Undergraduate Courses

  • ISHR Fall 2018 Undergraduate Courses
  • HRTS UN3001 Introduction to Human Rights
  • HRTS UN3190 International Human Rights Law
  • HRTS UN3994 Human Rights Thesis Research Methods
  • HRTS UN3995 Human Rights Senior Seminar
  • HRTS GU4215 ​NGOs and the Human Rights Movement
  • HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement
  • HRTS GR4300 Economic and Social Rights: Policy and Practice
  • HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights Advocacy
  • HRTS GU4900 UN Human Rights Bodies: Impact, Reform, Advocacy
  • HRTS GU4915 Human Rights & Urban Public Space
  • HRTS​ ​GU4950 Human Rights and Human Wrongs

Each semester, the program publishes a list of pre-approved courses that fulfill major or concentration requirements as well as a list of additional courses of potential interest. Courses that are not on the pre-approved list may also be approved for the degree if the student can demonstrate that he or she can complete substantial coursework specifically focusing on human rights in that course.

The following 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 the relevant course information, including the syllabus if available, to uhrp@columbia.edu.

We try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, but students should confirm course times and locations with the Directory of Classes  or the department offering the course.

Before each semester’s registration period, students should submit an online Course Advising Form in order to confirm that courses of interest will fulfill remaining degree requirements.

For additional information on requirements and course advising, please see the major and concentration requirements pages.

Major - Pre-approved distributional courses

In order to fulfill the distributional requirement of the major, students must take one course in three of these four categories: Politics and History; Culture and Representation; Political Theory and Philosophy; and Social and Economic Processes. Please see the major requirements for additional information about this program.
The following courses fulfill the distributional requirement of the major. Students wishing to take courses not on this list should refer to course advising procedure mentioned above.

Concentration - Pre-approved courses

All pre-approved distributional courses for the major may be counted towards the concentration.

Additional courses

These are additional courses that may be of 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
AFRS BC3121 SEM Black Women in America Hall, Kim 4.0
AFRS BC3589 SEM Black Sexual Politics US Culture Naylor, Celia 4.0
AMST UN3931 SEM Race, Poverty, American Criminal Justice Price, Cathleen 4.0
CLEN GU4550 LEC Narrative and Human Rights Slaughter, Joseph R 3.0
CLGM UN3005 SEM Dictatorships and Their Afterlives Antoniou, Dimitrios 3.0
CSER GU4482 LEC Indigenous Peoples' Rights: From Local Identities to the Global Indigenous Movement Stamatopoulou, Elsa 3.0
CSER GU4483 SEM Subcitizenship Rockefeller, Stuart 4.0
CSER UN3928 SEM Colonization/Decolonization Hughes, Theodore 4.0
CSER UN3940 SEM Comparative Study of Constitutional Challenges Affecting African, Latino, and Asian American Communities Ouyang, Elizabeth 4.0
CSER GU4340 SEM Visionary Medicine: Racial Justice, Health and Speculative Fictions Dasgupta, Sayantani T 4.0
ECON GU4480 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
FYSB BC1198 SEM People, Power and Protest Brady 3.0
HIST GU4036 SEM Displacement in the Middle East and Eastern Europe - 4.0
HIST GU4038 SEM The Black Radical Tradition in America Wilder, Craig 4.0
HIST UN3030 SEM Immigration and Citizenship in American History Lee, Jessica 4.0
HIST UN3518 SEM Columbia University and Slavery Jacoby, Karl 4.0
HRTS BC1025 LEC Human Rights in Theory and Practice Martin, J. Paul 3.0
HRTS BC3850 SEM Human Rights and Public Health Brown, Alice 4.0
HRTS GU4185 SEM Human Rights and Global Economic Justice Braun, Rainer 3.0
HRTS GU4270 SEM Social Media and Human Rights Perlmutter, Ted 3.0
HRTS GU4340 SEM Human Rights Accountability and Remedies Lindstrom, Beatrice 3.0
HRTS GU4500 SEM Socio-Economic Rights: Selected Issues Winkler, Inga 3.0
HRTS GU4600 SEM Human Rights in the Anthropocene Chasin, Noah 3.0
HRTS GU4810 SEM Religion and Human Rights Chuman, Joseph 3.0
HRTS GU4880 SEM Human Rights in the United States Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4930 SEM Int'l Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Cronin, Bruce 4.0
HRTS UN3190 SEM International Human Rights Law Cooper, Belinda 3.0
HRTS UN3995 SEM Human Rights Senior Seminar Winkler, Inga 4.0
HRTS UN3996 SEM Human Rights Thesis Seminar Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
INAF U4420 LEC Oil, Rights, Development Radon, Jenik 1.0
INAF U6403 Regulating Reproduction Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
ITSF TC4603 LEC Human/Social Dimensions of Peace Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
MDES GU4357 LEC War, Genocide, and Their Aftermath: Comp. Perspectives Mouradian, Khatchig 3.0
POLS BC3254 LEC First Amendment Values Franzese, Paula 3.0
POLS BC3601 SEM International Law and UN in Practice Flaherty, Martin 4.0
POLS UN1101 LEC Political Theory I Smith, Michelle 4.0
POLS UN3100 LEC Justice Johnston, David 3.0
POLS UN3922 SEM American Politics Seminar: First Amendment Harris, Fredrick 4.0
POLS UN3962 SEM International Politics Seminar: Debating Human Rights Snyder, Jack 4.0
RELI UN3401 LEC Muslims in Diaspora 4.0
SOCI BC3214 LEC Sociology of African American Life Moore, Mignon R 3.0
SOCI BC3931 SEM Social Justice and Human Rights Seminar Salyer, John 3.0
SOCI UN3217 LEC Law and Society Becher, Deborah 3.0
SOCI UN3960 SEM Problems of Law and Society - Law, Science & Society Cole, Jonathan 4.0
WMST BC3132 SEM Gendered Controversies: Women's Bodies & Global Conflicts Young, Rebecca 4.0
WMST GU4303 SEM Gender, Globalization, Empire Tadiar, Neferti 4.0
WMST UN3915 SEM Gender and Power in Global Perspective Makana, Selina 3.0
WMST GU4506 SEM Gender Justice Franke, Katherine 4.0