Undergraduate Programs in Human Rights
The Study of Human Rights
What are human rights? How has the concept of human rights evolved? How and why have human rights been violated, both in the United States and abroad? How have people struggled against human rights violations and with what success? What protections against violations of human rights exist, and how can these protections be enhanced and made more effective? These are the kinds of questions that students choosing to minor in Human Rights are encouraged to pursue. In this minor, students receive interdisciplinary instruction in theoretical, comparative, and historical perspectives on human rights through classroom courses, and gain valuable practical experience in the human rights field through a supervised internship.
Director of Undergraduate Programs in Human Rights
Richard P. Hiskes is the senior political theorist in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He received his MA (1975) and PhD (1978) in political science at Indiana University, and specializes in modern and contemporary political thought, democratic theory, environmental ethics, and human rights theory.
Throughout his career in numerous books and articles Professor Hiskes has explored many central concepts underlying democratic politics, environmental policymaking and the philosophical foundations of human rights. A conceptual focus running throughout all his works is the ideal of community and how it forms a backdrop to issues within democratic theory, science and technology policy, and human rights. He is the author or co-author of four books that explore these themes: Community Without Coercion: Getting Along in the Minimal State (University of Delaware Press, 1982); Science, Technology and Policy Decisions (with Anne L. Hiskes, Westview, 1986); Direct Democracy and International Politics (with John T. Rourke and C.E. Zirakzadeh, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1992); and Democracy, Risk, and Community: Technological Hazards and the Evolution of Liberalism (Oxford, 1998).
Professor Hiskes’s current research focuses on environmental human rights and justice across generations. He is preparing a book manuscript on the subject and has several published or forthcoming articles on the topic, including “The Right to a Green Future: Human Rights, Environmentalism, and Intergenerational Justice,” forthcoming in November, 2005 in Human Rights Quarterly; “Environmental Human Rights and Intergenerational Justice,” forthcoming in 2006 in Human Rights Review; and “Environmental Rights, Intergenerational Justice, and Reciprocity with the Future,” Public Affairs Quarterly, July, 2005.
Human Rights Minor Requirements
The Human Rights Minor is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary plan of study requiring fifteen credits of course work at the 200-level. Students take six credits from Core Courses in the minor (Group A below); six credits from Electives (Group B) or Core Courses; and three credits of Internship (Group C). More than six credits may not be taken in one department.
Group C internships are with a human rights-related agency, organization, or group. Internship sites can be tailored to fit individual students' interests and goals. The internship enables students to enrich and assess what they have learned in the classroom through practical experience. The final grade for credits earned in Group C will be based on completion of a portfolio in which students synthesize their internship experiences with knowledge gained in the course work they have taken to fulfill the requirements for the Human Rights Minor. The portfolio may consist of an analytical paper or papers, a media production (e.g., photography or video) or some combination of these.
For Further Information
Contact Professor Richard Hiskes, Director of the Minor in Human Rights at 860-486-2536 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Human Rights Minor is a program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Minor Recommended Prerequisites
- HRTS 1007: Introduction to Human Rights
Minor Group A: Core Courses
- ENG3631/HRTS 3631: Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism
- HIST 3201/HRTS 3201: History of Human Rights
- HIST 3202/HRTS 3202: International Human Rights
- HRTS 3231: Human Rights Through Film
- POLS 3042/HRTS 3042: The Theory of Human Rights
- POLS 3212/HRTS 3212: Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights
- POLS3428/HRTS 3428: The Politics of Torture
- SOCI 3831/HRTS 3831: Human Rights in the United States
- SOC3837/HRTS 3837: Soc. of Global Human Rights
Minor Group B: Electives
- ANTH 3026: Peoples and Cultures of North America
- ANTH 3028/HRTS 3028: Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia
- ANTH 3153W/HRTS 3153W: Human Rights in Democratizing Countries
- ANTH 3350: Anthropological Perspectives on Women
- DRAM 3139/HRTS 3139: Theater and Human Rights
- ECON 2126: Philosophy and Economics (or, PHIL 2245)
- ECON 2127: Beyond Self-interest
- ECON 2198: Topics in Economic History and Thought
- ECON 3473: Economic Development
- ENGL 3619/HRTS 3619: Topics in Literature and Human Rights History
- ENGL 3629: Holocaust Literature in English
- ENGL 3631/HRTS 3631: Literature, Culture and Humanitarianism
- HIST 3207/HRTS 3207: Genocide After WWII
- HIST 3531: Japanese Americans and World War II (or, AASI 3531)
- HIST 3562: History of Women and Gender in the United States, 1790-Present
- HIST 3563/HRTS 3563: African American History to 1865
- HIST 3570: American Indian History
- HIST 3770: History of Pan-Africanism
- HRTS 3293: Foreign Study
- HRTS 3295: Special Topics
- HRTS 3298: Variable Topics
- HRTS 3299: Independent Study
- PHIL 2170W/HRTS 2170W: Bioethics and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspective
- PHIL 2215: Ethics
- PHIL 2245: Philosophy and Economics (or, ECON 2126)
- PHIL 3218: Feminist Theory
- PHIL 3219/HRTS 3219: Topics in Philosophy and Human Rights
- PHIL 3220: Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
- POLS3430/HRTS 3130: Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries
- POLS 3418/HRTS 3418: International Organizations and Law
- POLS 3807/HRTS 3807: Constitutional Rights and Liberties
Puerto Rican & Latino Studies
- PRLS 3221/HRTS 3221: Latinos/as and Human Rights in the United States (or, HIST 3575)
- SOCI 3221/HRTS 3571: Sociological Perspectives on Asian American Women (or, AASI 3221)
- SOCI 3222/HRTS 3573: Asian Indian Women: Activism and Social Change (or, AASI 3222)
- SOCI 3421/HRTS 3421: Class, Power, and Inequality
- SOCI 3429/HRTS 3429: Sociological Perspectives on Poverty
- SOCI 3503: Prejudice and Discrimination
- SOCI 3505/HRTS 3505: White Racism
- SOCI 3801/HRTS 3801: Political Sociology
- SOCI 3825/HRTS 3825: African Americans and Social Protest
- SOC3835/HRTS 3835: Refugee Camps and Humanitarianism
- WS 2263/HRTS 3263: Women and Violence
Minor Group C: Internship
- HRTS 3245: Human Rights Internship and Portfolio
Namaste is the student human rights journal published through the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute. Submissions are sought for fiction and creative pieces, non-fiction papers and essays, poetry, photography, and art work.
“Namaste” is a common Hindi greeting. The array of contexts in which it is used gives it a transcendent quality. It has, over time, come to be interpreted as something of a universal gesture of empathy and good will. With the publication of each issue of Namaste the Human Rights Institute seeks to evoke the very same sentiments that are embodied in the phrase from which it derives its name.
The submission deadline is February 17th; the submission criteria are listed below and the submission form can be accessed here. Please send your submissions to email@example.com.
All submissions must focus primarily on human rights and submitters are encouraged to choose a topic that relates to United States. That said, the piece's focus does not necessarily need to be an issue which takes place in the US, but that at least relates to the US.
Papers, Essays, Reports, and the like...
Maximum 2,500 word count.
Times New Roman, 12 pt font.
Please cite with: APA (6th edition), Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition), or MLA (3rd edition). Don't know these referencing systems off the top of your head?? Here are some useful links:
Poetry and other artistic written word submissions...
Feel free to be as creative as you would like with the formatting and layout of the poem. However, please ensure that the poem can be fit within three pages on Microsoft Word. If you are working on a longer piece and would like to discuss possibilities for publication, please contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography and other graphic submissions
Please submit photography in a jpeg, Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF document. Please submit only up to ten photographs. The journal is physically 5 inches wide so we ask that you double-check that your submissions will still convey their desired messages at this size.
If you are interested in other forms of submissions please contact the editors at email@example.com.