updated August 23, 2017


Advising Faculty


1.     Thomas Keenan - Literature (director)

2.     Roger Berkowitz - Political Studies

3.     Ian Buruma - Human Rights (leave of absence fall ’17)

4.     Nicole Caso - Spanish

5.     Christian Crouch - History

6.     Mark Danner - Human Rights (fall only)

7.     Omar G. Encarnaciσn - Political Studies

8.     Helen Epstein – Social Studies

9.     Tabetha Ewing - History

10.   Nurrudin Farah – Literature (fall only)

11.   Laura Kunreuther - Anthropology

12.   Susan Merriam - Art History

13.   Gregory B. Moynahan – History (sabbatical fall ‘17)

14.   Michelle Murray – Political Studies

15.   Gilles Peress - Photography/Human Rights (spring only)

16.   Dina Ramadan - Arabic

17.   Peter Rosenblum - Human Rights 

18.   John Ryle - Human Rights

19.   Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins – Anthropology

20.   Drew Thompson – History

21.   Eric Trudel – French

22.   Robert Weston - Human Rights

23.   Ruth Zisman – Philosophy



Human Rights is a transdisciplinary program that spans the arts, social studies, the sciences, and literature. The program offers courses that explore fundamental theoretical questions, historical and empirical issues within the disciplines, and practical and legal strategies of human rights advocacy. Students are encouraged to treat human rights as an intellectual question, challenge human rights orthodoxies, and think critically about human rights as a discourse rather than merely training for it as a profession.


Program Requirements


Students moderate into the Human Rights Program alone or in combination with another program (usually through a joint Moderation), by fulfilling the other program’s requirements and the following program requirements. All students, whether joint or stand-alone majors, must anchor their studies of human rights in a disciplinary focus program of their choice (e.g., anthropology, sociology, economics, etc.).


Moderation Requirements:


1.     HR core course

2.     HR core course

3.     HR core course

4.     HR 4-credit elective course

5.     Course in the disciplinary focus program

6.     Course in the disciplinary focus program


Graduation Requirements:


7.     HR 4-credit elective course

8.     HR 4-credit elective course

9.     HR 4-credit elective course at the 300-level

10.   HR 303 Junior Research Seminar

11.   Course in the disciplinary focus program

12.   Course in the disciplinary focus program at the 300-level

13.   Senior Project I

14.   Senior Project II



Sample Program of Study


First Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


• HR core course

• HR core course

• focus pgm course

• FYSEM I (fall)

• FYSEM II (spring)


• HR core course

• HR elective course

• focus pgm course


Moderation (spring)


• HR elective course

• HR elective course

• HR 303

• focus pgm 300-level course


• focus pgm course

• HR 300-level elective

• Sr. Project I (fall)

• Sr. Project II (spring)