Major in Human Rights

double majorWhat 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 type of questions that human rights students are encouraged to pursue.

In the human rights major and 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. As a second major, the HRTS major requires another, primary major in a different discipline.

Of the 36 credit hours required for the Human Rights major,

  • 9 credits must be taken from the Core Courses, which are arranged in three divisions: Institutions and Laws; History, Philosophy, and Theory; and Applications and Methods. (Students must take one course from each division.)
  • 12 credits must be taken from the Elective Courses. Students may also take additional Core Courses to fulfill their Elective requirement.
  • 3 credits are taken from the Capstone Courses, selecting either a service learning/ internship experience or a senior thesis seminar.
  • 12 credit hours of Related Courses must be completed as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Programs. The HRTS list of related courses may contain human rights relevant courses from the primary major's core and elective course lists.

All students must complete an approved W-Course for their Human Rights major.

Double Major Declaration Form
HRTS Undergraduate Major/Minor Brochure Catalog Year 2017-18
HRTS Undergraduate Major/Minor Brochure Catalog Year 2016-17
HRTS Undergraduate Major/Minor Brochure Catalog Year 2015-16
Major Requirements - Spring 2015 & Earlier

Recommended Courses

  • HRTS 1007: Introduction to Human Rights

Core Courses: Institutions and Laws

  • POLS/HRTS 3212: Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights
  • SOCI/HRTS 3831: Human Rights in the United States
  • HIST/HRTS 3202: International Human Rights
  • HRTS 3200(W): International Human Rights Law
  • HRTS 3420: Being International - Geopolitics and Human Rights

Core Courses: History, Philosophy, and Theory

  • ECON 3128: Economic and Social Human Rights
  • ENGL/HRTS 3631: Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism
  • HIST/HRTS 3201: The History of Human Rights
  • HIST/HRTS 3207: Genocide after the Second World War
  • POLS/HRTS 3042: The Theory of Human Rights
  • PHIL/HRTS 3220(W):Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Core Courses: Applications and Methods

  • ANTH/HRTS 3326: Global Health and Human Rights
  • BADM/BLAW/HRTS 3252: Corporate Social Impact and Responsibility
  • BADM/BLAW/HRTS 3254: Business Solutions to Societal Challenges
  • DRAM/HRTS 3139: Theater and Human Rights
  • ENGR/HRTS 3257: Assessment for Human Rights Sustainability
  • HRTS 3149(W): Human Rights Through Film
  • HRTS 3250(W): Human Rights and New Technologies
  • HRTS 3475: Economic Development and Human Rights
  • POLS/HRTS 3256(W): Politics & Human Rights in Global Supply Chains
  • POLS/HRTS 3428: The Politics of Torture
  • POLS/HRTS 3430: Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries.
  • SOCI/HRTS 3835(W): Refugee Camps and Humanitarianism
  • SOCI/HRTS 3837(W): Sociology of Global Human Rights

Elective Courses

Africana Studies

  • AFRA/SOCI/HRTS 3505: White Racism
  • AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563: African American History to 1865
  • AFRA/SOCI/HRTS 3825: African Americans and Social Protest

Anthropology

  • ANTH/HRTS 3028(W): Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia
  • ANTH/HRTS 3153(W): Human Rights in Democratizing Countries
  • ANTH 3150(W): Migration
  • ANTH/WGSS 3350: Anthropological Perspectives on Women

Art History

  • ARTH/HRTS 3575: Human Rights and Visual Culture

Asian American Studies

  • AASI/SOCI 3222 / HRTS 3573: Asian Indian Women: Activism and Social Change
  • AASI/HIST 3531: Japanese Americans and World War II

Economics

  • ECON 2126: Philosophy and Economics
  • ECON 2127(W): Beyond Self-interest
  • ECON 3473(W): Economic Development
  • ECON 2445/HRTS/WGSS 3445: Economic Foundations of Gender Inequality

Education Curriculum and Instruction

  • EDCI 2100: Power, Privilege, and Public Education
  • EDCI 3100: Multicultural Education, Equity, and Social Justice (***Course is currently available only to NEAG students***)

Engineering

  • ENGR/HRTS/POLS 3209: Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century

English

  • ENGL/HRTS 3619: Topics in Literature and Human Rights
  • ENGL 3629: Introduction to Holocaust Literature

Geography

  • GEOG 3240: Medical and Health Care Geography

Hebrew and Judaic Studies

  • HEJS/HRTS 2203: The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film

Human Development and Family Services

  • HDFS 3251: Biotechnology, Disability and the Family

History

  • HIST 3100(W): Biography as History
  • HIST 3418: The Holocaust
  • HIST/AASI 3531: Japanese Americans and World War II
  • HIST/WGSS 3562: History of Women & Gender in the United States, 1850-Present
  • HIST/AFRA/HRTS 3563: African American History to 1865
  • HIST 3570: American Indian History
  • HIST 3575/LLAS 3221/HRTS 3221: Latino/as and Human Rights

Human Rights

  • Any HRTS course numbered 2000 or above

Latino and Latin American Studies

  • LLAS/HRTS 3221/HIST 3575: Latino/as and Human Rights
  • LLAS 3271/POLS 3834: Immigration and Transborder Politics

Natural Resources and the Environment

  • NRE 2600: Global Sustainable Natural Resources

Nursing

  • NURS 3225: Ethical Ways of Knowing

Philosophy

  • PHIL/HRTS 2170(W): Bioethics and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • PHIL 2215: Ethics
  • PHIL 3218: Feminist Theory
  • PHIL/HRTS 3219: Topics in Philosophy and Human Rights

Political Science

  • POLS/ENGR/HRTS 3209: Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century
  • POLS 3211: Politics of Water
  • POLS/WGSS 3249: Gender Politics and Islam
  • POLS 3255: Politics of South Africa
  • POLS/HRTS 3418(W): International Organizations and Law
  • POLS 3672/WGSS 3052: Women and Politics
  • POLS/HRTS 3807: Constitutional Rights and Liberties
  • POLS 3834/LLAS 3271: Immigration and Transborder Politics

Sociology

  • SOCI 3222/HRTS 3573/AASI 3222: Asian Indian Women: Activism and Social Change
  • SOCI/HRTS 3421(W): Class, Power, and Inequality
  • SOCI 3503(W): Prejudice and Discrimination
  • SOCI/HRTS/AFRA 3505: White Racism
  • SOCI/HRTS/AFRA 3825: African Americans and Social Protest

Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • WGSS 2255: Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization
  • WGSS/HRTS 2263: Women and Violence
  • WGSS 3052/POLS 3672: Women and Politics
  • WGSS 3105: The Politics of Reproduction
  • WGSS/POLS 3249: Gender Politics and Islam
  • WGSS 3257: Feminist Disability Studies
  • WGSS 3269: Women’s Movements
  • WGSS/ANTH 3350: Anthropological Perspectives on Women

 

Capstone Courses

  • HRTS 4291: Service Learning/Internship
  • HRTS 4996(W): Senior Thesis

For further information, please contact:
Professor Samuel Martínez, Director of Undergraduate Programs in Human Rights
at Tel : 860-486-4515 or Email: samuel.martinez@uconn.edu

Writing Courses

  • ANTH/HRTS 3028(W): Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia
  • ANTH 3150(W): Migration
  • ANTH/HRTS 3153(W): Human Rights in Democratizing Countries
  • ARTH/HRTS 3575(W): Human Rights and Visual Culture
  • ECON 2127(W): Beyond Self-interest
  • ECON 3473(W): Economic Development
  • EDCI 3100(W):Multicultural Education, Equity and Social Justice
  • HRTS 3149(W): Human Rights Through Film
  • HRTS 3200(W): International Human Rights Law
  • HRTS 3250(W):Human Rights and New Technologies
  • HRTS 4996(W): Senior Thesis
  • PHIL/HRTS 2170(W): Bioethics and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • PHIL/HRTS 3219(W): Topics in Philosophy and Human Rights
  • PHIL/HRTS 3220(W): Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
  • POLS 3211(W): Politics of Water
  • POLS 3418(W): International Organizations and Law
  • POLS/HRTS 3256(W): Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains
  • SOCI 2503(W): Prejudice and Discrimination
  • SOCI 3421(W): Class, Power, and Inequality
  • SOCI 3835(W): Refugee Camps and Humanitarianism
  • SOCI/HRTS 3837(W): Sociology of Global Human Rights
  • WGSS 2255(W): Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization
  • WGSS 3105(W): The Politics of Reproduction
  • WGSS 3257(W): Feminist Disability Studies

General Education HR Courses

Content Area One: Arts and Humanities

A: Arts

  • HEJS/DRAM/HRTS 2203: The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film

B: Literature

  • ENGL 3629: Introduction to Holocaust Literature

C: History

  • AASI/HIST 3531: Japanese Americans and World War II

D: Philosophy & Ethical Analysis

  • HRTS 3200(W): International Human Rights Law
  • PHIL/HRTS 3220(W): Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
  • HRTS 3250(W): Human Rights and New Technologies
  • PHIL/HRTS 2170(W): Bioethics and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Content Area Two: Social Sciences

  • HRTS 1007 (recommended for majors, not required)
  • POLS 3211: Politics of Water

Content Area Four: Diversity and Multiculturalism

USA

  • HIST/AASI 3531: Japanese Americans and World War II
  • AASI/SOCI 3221 / HRTS 3571: Sociological Perspectives on Asian American Women
  • AFRA/SOCI/HRTS 3505: White Racism
  • ANTH 3150(W): Migration
  • HIST 3570: American Indian History

International

  • ANTH/HRTS 3028(W): Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia
  • ANTH/HRTS 3153(W): Human Rights in Democratizing Countries
  • ENGL 3629: Introduction to Holocaust Literature
  • HEJS/HRTS 2203: The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film
  • HRTS 3200(W): International Human Rights Law
  • HRTS 1007 (recommended for majors, not required)
  • NRE 2600: Global Sustainable Natural Resources
  • WGSS 2255: Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization

 

Frequently Asked Questions About The Human Rights Major

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.

Can my second Major be anything I want?

YES! Any CLAS major is can be combined with HRTS as a double major. Majors in schools other than CLAS can be combined with HRTS as an additional degree.

Do I HAVE to take HRTS 1007, which is listed as a Recommended Course?

HRTS 1007 is recommended but not required as a preparation for the higher-level HRTS courses here at UConn.

Do all of my Human Rights minor courses count toward the Major?

Yes, but the minor's core course list has two divisions, while the major's has three, which may obligate some students to take another core course when switching to the major.

What happens if I don't complete my other major but have enough credits to graduate?

You must complete a primary major in another discipline to graduate with a degree in Human Rights, regardless of how many credits you have completed.

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 primary major and have enough credits to graduate, then you will be able to graduate, but without the Human Rights major (though possibly with a HRTS minor).