Undergraduate Courses

Update Regarding the 2020-2021 Academic Year 
The 2020-2021 academic year will be comprised of three semesters: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. ISHR will offer courses in each of these terms. Please review this page for a list of ISHR courses and other pre-approved classes for the degree. Information about class formats for the fall term is also included below.

Teaching modalities for ISHR’s fall term courses will include: “online only” (classes conducted 100% remotely) and “hybrid” (classes that include in-person sessions, while simultaneously allowing all students to connect remotely for each session). Please note that hybrid courses will range in the number and frequency of in-person sessions. Additionally, the format for each course is subject to change and may be updated to reflect new developments, including faculty ability to teach on campus and public health regulations. As such, any in-person sessions may be modified to “online only” contingent on evolving public health and safety conditions. More information about the course format will be available in the course syllabus.

This page provides an overview of our course offerings for all three terms, 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 Fall 2020 Undergraduate Courses (Full-term)
  • HRTS UN3190 International Human Rights Law (Online Only)
  • HRTS UN3994 Human Rights Research Methods (Online Only)
  • HRTS UN3995 Human Rights Senior Seminar (Hybrid)
  • HRTS GU4185 Human Rights and Global Economic Justice (Online Only)
  • HRTS GU4215 NGOs & The Human Rights Movement (Hybrid)
  • HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration & Displacement (Online Only)
  • HRTS GU4500 UN Treaty Bodies (Online Only)
  • HRTS GU4650 Children’s Rights Advocacy (Hybrid)
  • HRTS GU4950 Human Rights & Human Wrongs (Hybrid)
  • HRTS GU4965 Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights (Online Only)
  • ISHR Spring 2021 Undergraduate Courses (Full-term)
  • HRTS UN3001 Introduction to Human Rights 
  • 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 GU4360 Menstruation, Gender & Rights 
  • HRTS GU4380 Advocating and Campaigning for Social and Economic Rights 
  • HRTS GU4600 Human Rights in the Anthropocene 
  • HRTS GU4810 Religion and Human Rights 
  • HRTS GU4880 Human Rights in the United States 
  • HRTS GU4930 International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights
  • ISHR Summer 2021 Undergraduate Courses
  • HRTS S4250 US Immigration Rights, Framing & Advocay
  • HRTS S4020 Introduction to Human Rights 
  • HRTS S4910 NGOs & The Human Rights Movement
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.

NOTE: Introduction to Human Rights (HRTS UN3001) will not be offered in Fall 2020. The class has been postponed until Spring 2021. Students should contact the department at uhrp@columbia.edu with any questions or to schedule an advising appointment. 


Dept Course # Format Title Instructor(s) Credits
AHIS BC3949 SEM Art of Witness: Memorials Deutsche, Rosalyn 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 Slayer, J.C. 4.0
CLEN GU4550 LEC Narrative and Human Rights Slaughter, Joseph R
CSER UN3490 SEM Post 9/11 Immigration Policy OuYang, Elizabeth 4.0
CSER UN3928 SEM Colonization/Decolonization Ahmed, Manan 4.0
HIST BC3788 SEM Gender, Sexuality, Power, Africa George, Abosede 4.0
HIST UN3928 SEM Comp. Slavery & Abolition in the Atlantic Lightfoot, Natasha 4.0
HIST W4518 SEM Columbia University and Slavery Jacoby, Karl 4.0
HRTS BC3850 SEM Human Rights and Public Health Brown, Alice 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 GU4900 SEM UN Human Rights Bodies: Impact, Reform, Advocacy Winkler, Inga 4.0
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 GU4185 SEM Human Rights & Global Economic Justice Braun, Rainer 3.0
HRTS UN3190 SEM International Human Rights Law Kamuf Ward, Joann 3.0
HRTS UN3994 SEM Human Rights Senior Seminar: Research Methods Holland, Tracey 4.0
HRTS UN3995 SEM Human Rights Senior Seminar Rosenblum, Peter 4.0
ITSF TC4160 LEC Human Rights in Africa Letelier 3.0
ITSF TC4613 LEC International Perspectives on Peace and Human Rights Education Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
PHIL UN3752 SEM Philosophy of Law Moody-Adams, Michele 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 UN3285 LEC Freedom of Speech and Press Bollinger, Lee 3.0
POLS UN3911 SEM Seminar in Political Theory Mylius, Benjamin 4.0
SOCI UN3235 SEM Social Movements Minkoff, Debra 3.0
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
WMST UN3450 SEM Topics in Sexuality and Gender Law Goldberg, S. 3.0
WMST V3312 SEM Theorizing Women's Activism Springer, Kimberly 4.0