Ph.D. Minor in Human Rights

The curriculum explores the intersection of global and local contexts at the heart of human rights discourse. It takes a holistic and multidisciplinary approach, asking students to be aware of how law, cultural values and practice, social and political institutions, national and supranational bodies, and policy interact, integrate, and conflict with one another to create an international human rights regime and the discourse and practice surrounding it. The program is applied as well as oriented to research and theory. Students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies ( for additional information.

Degree requirements

Please refer to the graduate bulletin for requirement details.

Approved Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Two courses determined in consultation with and approved by the Director of the Ph.D. minor.

Active Engagement

The minor encourages active engagement with local community organizations as well as participation in international programs and internships.


Completion of the minor is based on successfully finishing coursework in three academic areas beyond student’s own discipline(s).

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