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Human Rights

The interdisciplinary minor in Human Rights gives students a chance to explore human rights as both a specific issue and within larger contexts through a wide variety of disciplines and courses. Courses in the minor provide students with an opportunity to approach human rights as a practical, as well as an intellectual problem.

The minor will be of special interest to students majoring in area studies and those planning to pursue careers in public service, law and international relations. Student and pupils will take courses in which human rights problems are the central focus of the course and other courses, which while not having human rights as their central theme, include elements that address the history, theory, practice, violation, promotion and protection of human rights, or in which students have the opportunity to conduct research projects relevant to the study of human rights.

Requirements: 
  • Student and pupils must select courses from at least three different departments or programs to satisfy the minor.

20 units

    Complete the following course (4 units)

    • HMR 134 Human Rights (4 units)

    Choose two courses (8 units)

    • HIS 142A History of the Holocaust (4 units)
    • RST 131 Genocide (Discontinued) (4 units)
    • SOC 104 The Political Economy of International Migration (4 units)
    • SPA 159 Special Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture (4 units)
      • When taught as “Witnessing in Latin America: Trauma, Violence and Memory.”

    Choose two electives (8 units)

    • AMS 156 Race, Culture and Society in the United States (4 units)
    • ANT 126B Women and Development (4 units)
    • ANT 130A Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (4 units)
    • ANT 131 Ecology and Politics (4 units)
    • CHI 131 Chicanas in Politics and Public Policy (4 units)
      • or CHI 131S Chicanas in Politics and Public Policy (4 units)
    • CHI 150 The Chicana and Chicano Movement (4 units)
    • ENL 107 Freedom of Expression (4 units)
    • HIS 142A History of the Holocaust (4 units)
    • HIS 142B The Memory of the Holocaust (4 units)
    • HIS 172 American Environmental History (4 units)
    • HIS 177A History of Black People and American Race Relations, 1450-1860 (4 units)
    • HIS 177B History of Black People and American Race Relations, 1860-Present (4 units)
    • HIS 183A The Frontier Experience: Trans-Mississippi West (4 units)
    • HIS 183B The Frontier Experience: Trans-Mississippi West (4 units)
    • HIS 189 California History (4 units)
    • NAS 115 Native Americans in the Contemporary World (4 units)
    • NAS 130B Native American Ethno-Historical Development (4 units)
    • NAS 130C Native American Ethno-Historical Development (4 units)
    • NAS 157 Native American Religion and Philosophy (4 units)
    • RST 131 Genocide (Discontinued) (4 units)
    • RST 167 Iraq (4 units)
    • SOC 104 The Political Economy of International Migration (4 units)
    • SOC 130 Race Relations (4 units)
    • SOC 137 African American Society and Culture 1790 to 1990 (4 units)
    • SOC 157 Social Conflict (4 units)
    • SOC 160 Sociology of the Environment (4 units)
    • SOC 171 Sociology of Violence and Inequality (4 units)
    • SPA 159 Special Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture (4 units)
      • When taught as “Witnessing in Latin America: Trauma, Violence and Memory.”
    • SPA 175 Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies (4 units)
      • Only if topic is related to human rights. Prior approval from minor advisor is required.
    • WMS 102 Gender and Post Colonialism (4 units)
    • WMS 140 Gender and Law (4 units)
    • WMS 170 Queer Studies (4 units)
    • WMS 182 Globalization, Gender and Culture (4 units)

    With prior permission of the faculty advisor, students may substitute one course from the list of electives as a core course.

    Total = 20 units

    Minor Advisor

    Keith Watenpaugh
    [email protected]

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