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.
  • Fall 2022 Courses Offered by ISHR  
  • 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 GU4400 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Rights 
  • HRTS GU4500 Socio-Economic Rights
  • HRTS GU4600 Human Rights in the Anthropocene
  • 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
  • HRTS GR5555 Oral History and Justice: Memory
  • 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 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
AFRS BC3519 Race Before Race: Premodern Constructions of Social Difference Hall, Kim F 4.0
CLEN GU4550 LEC Narrative and Human Rights Slaughter, Joseph R 3.0
CSER UN3490 SEM Post 9/11 Immigration Policies OuYang, Elizabeth 4.0
ECON GU4480 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
HIST UN3518 SEM Columbia University and Slavery McCurry, Stephanie 4.0
HRTS BC3360 SEM Human Rights Our Bodies and the Struggle to Define Personal Autonomy. Brown, Widney 4.0
HRTS GU4500 SEM Socio-Economic Rights Dugard, Jackie 3.0
SOCI BC3931 SEM Social Justice and Human Rights Seminar Brown, Widney 3.0
WMST BC3132 SEM Gendered Controversies Jakobsen, Janet 4.0
CSER W1601 SEM Introduction to Latino/a Studies Negr—n­Muntaner, Frances 3.0
HRTS GU4965 SEM Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Rajan, Julie 3.0
HRTS GU4950 SEM Human Rights and Human Wrongs Cronin, Bruce 3.0
HRTS GU4400 SEM Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights Currah, Paisley 3.0
AMST UN3930 SEM Topics in American Studies: Freedom & Citizenship in US Montas, Roosevelt 4.0
ANTH BC3932 SEM Climate Change, Global Migration, and Human Rights Nason, Patrick 4.0
ANTH UN3846 SEM Mexico's Disappeared Practicum Lomnitz, Claudio 4.0
CLGM UN3005 SEM Dictatorships and Their Afterlives Antoniou, Dimitrios 3.0
CSER UN3928 SEM Colonization/Decolonization Jacoby, Karl; Lightfoot, Natasha 4.0
HIST BC2567 LEC Women, Race, and Class Nadasen, Premilla 3.0
HRTS GU4650 SEM Children's Rights Advocacy Becker & Bochenek 3.0
HRTS BC3850 SEM Human Rights and Public Health Brown, Widney 4.0
HRTS UN3994 SEM Human Rights Senior Seminar: Research Methods Holland, Tracey 4.0
HRTS GU4915 SEM Human Rights and Urban Public Space Chasin, Noah 3.0
MDES GU4357 LEC War, Genocide, and Their Aftermath: Comp. Perspectives Mouradian, Khatchig 4.0
PHIL UN3751 LEC Political Philosophy Honneth, Axel 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 UN1101 LEC Political Theory I TBA 4.0
POLS UN3285 LEC Freedom of Speech and Press Bollinger, Lee 3.0
POLS UN3911 SEM Seminar in Political Theory Cohen, Jean; Isiksel, Turkuler 4.0
POLS UN3921 LEC American Politics Seminar: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics TBA 3.0
SOCI UN3235 SEM Social Movements Minkoff, Debra 3.0