College of Letters and Science
The human rights studies minor provides students with an opportunity to explore human rights as a critical element of our contemporary world. Courses in the minor approach human rights as a problem for humanity, policy, advocacy and humanitarian action, as well as a subject for historical, ethical, social scientific and cultural study. Students will examine moments of terrible human rights abuse: genocide, slavery, colonialism, Apartheid, and sexual and gender-based violence. They will also learn about movements to protect and promote human rights, including the elaboration of the contemporary the human rights régime, efforts by international and local non-governmental human rights organizations, and artistic and literary responses to human rights challenges.