Undergraduate Courses

This page provides an overview of our course offerings, to help students as they make decisions and plans for the academic year ahead. Please note that this schedule will be updated periodically and may be subject to change. Students are encouraged not only to revisit this page but also to confirm the course listings in the online Directory of Courses and Vergil, where course descriptions and class meeting times will be posted.
  • ISHR Summer 2021 Undergraduate Courses
  • HRTS S4910 NGOs & The Human Rights Movement (Session A)
  • HRTS GU4750 Facing the Violent Past: Prevention and Repair (Session A)
  • HRTS S4020 Introduction to Human Rights (Session B)
  • HRTS S4185 Human Rights and Global Economic Justice (Session B)
  • HRTS S4220 International Human Rights Law (Session B)
  • HRTS S4250 US Immigration Rights, Framing & Advocacy (Session B)
  • ISHR Fall 2021 Undergraduate Courses 
  • HRTS UN3001 Introduction to Human Rights 
  • HRTS UN3190 International Human Rights Law
  • HRTS UN3994 Human Rights Research Methods
  • HRTS UN3995 Human Rights Senior Seminar
  • HRTS GU4215 NGOs and The Human Rights Movement
  • HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration and Displacement
  • HRTS GU4400 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights Advocacy
  • HRTS GU4915 Human Rights and Urban Public Space
  • HRTS GU4950 Human Rights and Human Wrongs 
  • HRTS GU4965 Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights
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
AFAS UN1001 LEC Introduction to African-American Studies Sorret, Josef 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 Nason, Patrick 4.0
ANTH GU4118 LEC Settler Colonialism in North America Simpson, Audra 3.0
ANTH UN3878 SEM Neoliberal Urban-Poltics of Exclusion Gregory, Steven 4.0
CSER UN3490 SEM Post 9/11 Immigration Policy OuYang, Elizabeth 4.0
CSER UN3928 SEM Colonization/Decolonization Ngai, Mae M & Lomnitz, Claudio 4.0
ECON GU4480 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
HIST UN3928 SEM Comp. Slavery & Abolition in the Atlantic Lightfoot, Natasha 4.0
HIST W4518 SEM Columbia University and Slavery Jones, Thai S. 4.0
HIST W4641 SEM Holocaust Genocide: American Culture Kobrin, Rebecca 4.0
HRTS BC3360 SEM Human Rights Our Bodies and the Struggle to Define Personal Autonomy. Brown, Widney 4.0
HRTS BC3850 SEM Human Rights and Public Health Brown, Widney 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 Currah, Paisley 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 GU4965 SEM Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Rajan, Julie 3.0
HRTS UN3001 LEC Introduction to Human Rights Nathan, Andrew 3.0
HRTS UN3190 SEM International Human Rights Law - 3.0
HRTS UN3994 SEM Human Rights Senior Seminar: ÊResearch Methods Holland, Tracey 4.0
HRTS UN3995 SEM Human Rights Senior SeminarÊ Rosenblum, Peter 4.0
HRTS GU4915 SEM Human Rights and Urban Public Space Chasin, Noah 3.0
ITSF S4160 LEC Human Rights in Africa S Russell 3.0
ITSF TC4613 LEC International Perspectives on Peace and Human Rights Education Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
MDES GU4357 LEC War, Genocide, and Their Aftermath: Comp. Perspectives Mouradian, Khatchig 4.0
PHIL UN2110 LEC Philosophy and Feminism Mercer, Christia 3.0
POLS BC3410 SEM Human Rights in a Diverse World Gundogdu, Ayten 4.0
POLS BC3521 LEC Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Franzese, Paula 3.0
POLS UN3002 LEC Human Rights & Immigration Gundogdu, Ayten 3.0
POLS UN3285 LEC Freedom of Speech and Press Bollinger, Lee 3.0
POLS UN3911 SEM Seminar in Political Theory Mylius, Benjamin 4.0
RELI W4825 SEM Religion, Gender and Violence Jakobsen, Janet 4.0
SOCI BC3931 SEM Social Justice and Human Rights Seminar Brown, Widney 3.0
SOCI BC3932 SEM Climate Change, Global Migration and Human Rights Nason, Patrick 4.0
SOCI UN3235 SEM Social Movements Minkoff, Debra 3.0
SOCI UN3937 SEM Sociology of Human Rights McGunnigle-Gonzales, Rosemary 4.0
WMST BC3132 SEM Gendered Controversies: Women's Bodies & Global Conflicts Jakobsen, Janet 4.0
WMST BC3514 SEM Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions Tadiar, Neferti 4.0
WMST GU4000 SEM Genealogies of Feminism: Vision and Difference Hirsch, Marianne 4.0