Major in Human Rights

The Human Rights major is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary plan of study requiring a second major and a minimum of 36 credit hours in Human Rights related courses:

Note: Students are also required to complete a second major.

Link to Double Major Declaration Form

Recommended Course

Core Courses

Core Courses

Elective Courses

African American Studies


Asian American Studies




Human Rights


Political Science

Puerto Rican & Latino Studies


Women's Studies

Capstone Courses

For further information, please contact:

Professor Samual Martínez, Director of Undergraduate Programs in Human Rights

at Tel : 860-486-4515 or Email:


Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak, Graduate Assistant for Undergraduate Programs in Human Rights
860-486-8739 or

The Human Rights Major is a program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Human Rights Major

  1. Why do I need a Major in another field? Can I just have a Minor or two Minors in other fields?
    No. The second Major requirement is designed to ensure that the broad, interdisciplinary education you receive as a Human Rights Major is supplemented by deep knowledge in a traditional discipline.
  2. Can my second Major be anything I want?
    YES! Any CLAS major is now acceptable, although you are advised not to choose another interdisciplinary Major.
  3. Do I HAVE to take HRTS 1007, which is listed as a Recommended Course?
    No, you do not have to take HRTS 1007 as it is neither a required course nor an elective course. However, it is a very good introduction to the Human Rights curriculum here at UConn and will enhance your learning experience in other HRTS courses.
  4. What is the difference between the two divisions under the Core courses?
    Core courses are arranged in two divisions: Institutions, Laws, Movements and History, Culture, Theory. The former includes courses designed to examine the contemporary structures and practices through which human rights are advanced and protected. The latter includes courses designed to examine the theoretical and historical foundations of human rights and the cultural and artistic representations of human rights ethics and politics.
  5. Can I substitute courses for my Human Rights major?
    No. The courses listed as "Core" and "Elective" have been chosen for their human rights content and courses not listed do not meet the necessary content standards.
  6. Do all of my Human Rights Minor courses count toward the Major?
    No. Most Minor courses count toward the Major, but there are some courses currently listed as Elective courses in the Minor that are not included in the Major.
  7. What happens if I don't complete my other Major but have enough credits to graduate?
    If you do not complete another Major, you will not be able to graduate with a degree in Human Rights regardless of how many credits you have completed.
  8. What happens if I don't complete my Human Rights Major but have enough credits to graduate?
    If you do not complete the requirements for the Human Rights Major, but have completed the requirements for your second Major and have enough credits to graduate, then you will be able to graduate, but without the Human Rights degree.