updated August 27, 2019


Advising Faculty


1.     Thomas Keenan - Literature (director)

2.     Roger Berkowitz - Political Studies

3.     Ian Buruma - Human Rights

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

14.   Michelle Murray – Political Studies

15.   Gilles Peress - Photography/Human Rights

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 (not teaching)


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 (see list below)

2.     HR core course (see list below)

3.     HR core course (see list below)

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


Examples of HR core courses:  HR 101 Introduction to Human Rights; HR 105 Human Rights Advocacy;

HR 122 Human Rights and Media; HR 125 Human Rights: What Remains?; HR 213 Gay Rights, Human Rights; HR 224 Lexicon of Migration; HR 226 Women's Rights, Human Rights; HR 233 Problems in Human Rights; HR 234 (Un)defining the Human; HR 242 Arguing with the Supreme Court; HR 243 Constitutional Law; ANTH/HR 261 Anthropology of Violence and Suffering; ARTH/HR 289 Rights and the Image; LIT/HR 218 Free Speech; LIT 2509 Telling Stories About Rights; PHIL 130 Philosophy and Human Rights; HIST 2631 Capitalism and Slavery; HIST 222 History of the Modern Police; HIST 2356 American Indian History; SPAN 240 Testimonies of Latin America.


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)