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.
  • Spring 2023 Courses Offered by ISHR  
  • HRTS UN3190 International Human Rights Law
  • HRTS UN3995 Human Rights Senior Seminar
  • HRTS UN3996 Human Rights Thesis Seminar
  • HRTS GU4270 Social Media and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4380 Advocating and Campaigning for Social and Economic Rights
  • HRTS GU4460 Climate Justice
  • HRTS GU4600 Human Rights in the Anthropocene
  • HRTS GU4880 Human Rights in the United States 
  • HRTS GU4930 International Humanitarian Law/Human Rights 
  • Courses listed as "pre-approved" under "Course Type" below may also 
  • be counted for the major or the concentration. Please submit all human rights
  • courses to ISHR for approval, prior to finalizing your schedule. 
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 major or concentration worksheet to uhrp@columbia.edu 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: The Supreme Court in American History Rosenberg, Benjamin 4.0
ANTH UN3703 SEM Climate Change and Colonialism Perera, Dilshanie 4.0
CPLS GU4325 SEM Abolition Medicine: Medical Racism Dasgupta, Sayantani T. 3.0
CSER GU4482 LEC Indigenous Peoples: Movements Stamatopoulou, Elsa 3.0
EDUC BC3040 SEM Migration, Globalization, and Education Miranda, Chandler 4.0
HRTS BC1025 LEC Human Rights in Theory and Practice Brown, Widney 3.0
HRTS BC3851 SEM Human Rights and Public Health: Advanced Seminar Brown, Widney 4.0
HRTS UN3190 SEM International Human Rights Law De Vos, Christian 3.0
HRTS UN3996 SEM Human Rights Thesis Seminar Holland, Tracey 3.0
POLS BC3045 COL Transnational Feminism - 4.0
AFRS BC3110 COL The Africana Colloquium: Caribbean Women Herstories Naylor, Celia 4.0
CSER UN3942 SEM Race and Racisms Munem, Bahia 4.0
HRTS GU4880 SEM Human Rights in the United States Chia, Joy 3.0
HRTS UN3996 SEM Human Rights Thesis Seminar Holland, Tracey 3.0
AMST UN3931 SEM Topics in American Studies: Race, Poverty, American Criminal Justice Price, Cathleen 4.0
CLEN UN3434 SEM Refugees, Migrants and the Making of Contemporary Europe Haralambous, Chloe Howe 4.0
CSER UN3940 SEM Comparative Study of Constitutional Challenges Affecting African, Latino, and Asian American Communities Ouyang, Elizabeth 4.0
CSER W3928 SEM Colonization/Decolonization Thelen, Czarina 4.0
HIST BC3670 Seeking Asylum Milanich, Nara 4.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Cooper, Belinda 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Dugard, Jackie 3.0
HRTS GU4270 SEM Social Media and Human Rights Perlmutter, Ted 3.0
HRTS GU4380 SEM Advocating and Campaigning for Social and Economic Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
HRTS GU4460 SEM Climate Justice Dugard, Jackie 3.0
HRTS GU4600 SEM Human Rights in the Anthropocene Chasin, Noah 3.0
HRTS GU4930 SEM Int'l Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Cronin, Bruce 4.0
HRTS GU4995 LEC Education in Conflict Zones El-Haj, Thea 4.0
HRTS W3995 SEM Human Rights Senior SeminarÊ Tibbitts, Felisa 4.0
POLS BC3254 LEC First Amendment Values Franzese, Paula 3.0
POLS BC3601 SEM International Law and UN in Practice Flaherty, Martin 4.0
POLS UN1601 LEC International Politics TBA 4.0
POLS UN3100 LEC Justice Johnston, David 3.0
POLS UN3921 SEM American Politics Seminar: The First Amendment Amdur, Robert L 4.0
PSYC UN2690 LEC Frontiers of Justice Sorett, Ayanna 4.0
RELI BC3671 SEM Religion and Human Rights Vasko, Timothy 4.0
SDEV PS5040 LEC ESG-Aligned Corporate Governance Gordon, A. or Wasser, J. 3.0
SOCI BC3202 LEC Structural Determinants of Health Momplaisir, Maati 3.0
SOCI UN3217 LEC Law and Society Becher, Deborah 3.0
SOCI UN3937 SEM Sociology of Human Rights McGunnigle-Gonzales, Rosemary 4.0
SPAN UN3892 LEC Dissent and Culture in 20th-Century Spain Fernandez Cebrian, Ana M 3.0
SUMA K5888 LEC Geographies of Environmental Justice and Sustainability Williams, John 3.0
WMST BC2150 LEC Practicing Intersectionality - 3.0
WMST BC3514 SEM Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions Tadiar, Neferti 4.0
WMST UN3915 SEM Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective Tadiar, Neferti 3.0