Undergraduate Courses

  • ISHR Fall 2019 Undergraduate Courses
  • HRTS UN3001 Introduction to Human Rights
  • HRTS UN3190 International Human Rights Law
  • HRTS UN3994 Human Rights Senior Seminar: Research Methods 
  • HRTS UN3995 Human Rights Senior Seminar
  • HRTS GU4215 ​NGOs and the Human Rights Movement
  • HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement
  • HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights 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
AMST UN3930 SEM Topics in American Studies: Freedom & Citizenship Montas, Roosevelt 4.0
AMST UN3930 SEM Topics in American Studies: The Supreme Court in American History Rosenberg, Benjamin 4.0
ANTH BC3932 SEM Climate Change, Global Migration, and Human Rights in the Anthropocene - 4.0
ANTH GU4118 LEC Settler Colonialism in North America Simpson, Audra 3.0
ARCH A4780 SEM Architecture and Human Rights Scott, Felicity 3.0
CSER UN3490 SEM Post 9/11 Immigration Policy OuYang, Elizabeth 4.0
CSER UN3928 SEM Colonization/Decolonization Jacoby, Karl 4.0
ECON GU4480 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
HIST BC2440 LEC Introduction to African-American History Naylor, Celia 3.0
HROH UN5555 SEM Human Rights & Oral History: Testimony, Memory, and Trauma Westhof, Zoe 4.0
HRTS BC3850 SEM Human Rights and Public Health Brown, Alice 4.0
HRTS BC3855 SEM Religion, Social Justice and Human Rights Martin, Paul 4.0
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 Paisley Currah 3.0
HRTS GU4500 SEM Socio-Economic Rights Winkler, Inga 3.0
HRTS GU4650 SEM Children's Rights Advocacy Becker & Bochenek 3.0
HRTS GU4950 SEM Human Rights and Human Wrongs Cronin, Bruce 3.0
HRTS UN3001 LEC Introduction to Human Rights Nathan, Andrew 3.0
HRTS UN3190 SEM International Human Rights Law Cooper, Belinda 3.0
HRTS UN3994 SEM Human Rights Senior Seminar: Research Methods Kowalski, Maria 4.0
HRTS UN3995 SEM Human Rights Senior Seminar Rosenblum, Peter 4.0
HRTS GU4915 SEM Human Rights and Urban Public Space Chasin, Noah 3.0
ITSF TC4613 LEC International Perspectives on Peace and Human Rights Education Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
MDES GU4349 LEC Concentration Camps from Cuba to East Asia Mouradian, Khatchig 3.0
PHIL UN2110 LEC Philosophy and Feminism Mercer, Christia 3.0
POLS BC3410 SEM Human Rights in a Diverse World Gundogdu, Ayten 4.0
POLS BC3411 COL Building Peace Autesserre, Severine 4.0
POLS BC3521 LEC Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Franzese, Paula 3.0
POLS BC3810 COL Aid, Pol, Violence Africa Autesserre, Severine 4.0
POLS UN1101 LEC Political Theory Urbinati 4.0
POLS UN3002 LEC Human Rights & Immigration Gundogdu, Ayten 3.0
POLS UN3921 SEM American Politics Seminar: Bill of Rights Zebrowski, Martha K 4.0
POLS UN3921 SEM American Politics Seminar: Equality and the Law Amdur, Robert 4.0
POLS UN3930 SEM Constitutional Law Rosdeitcher, Sidney 4.0
PSYC UN3615 LEC Children at Risk Downey, Geraldine 4.0
WMST GU4000 SEM Genealogies of Feminism - the Subject of Rights Abu-Lughod, Lila 4.0
WMST UN3450 SEM Topics in Sexuality and Gender Law Goldberg, S. 3.0
WMST UN3915 SEM Gender and Power in Global Perspective Makana, Selina 3.0
WMST V3312 SEM Theorizing Women's Activism Springer, Kimberly 4.0