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Human Rights Minor

Students wishing to minor in Human Rights should contact undergraduate advisor Lauren Wong ( or Dr. Keith Watenpaugh ( as soon as possible for additional advising.

  Declare Human Rights as your Minor

Beginning Fall 2019  students planning to minor in Human Rights must meet these requirements:

Human Rights Studies Minor

The Human Rights Studies Minor provides students with an opportunity to explore human rights as a critical element of our contemporary world.

Courses in the minor approach human rights as a problem for humanity, policy, advocacy and humanitarian action, as well as a subject for historical, ethical, social scientific and cultural study.  Students will examine moments of terrible human rights abuse: genocide, slavery, colonialism, Apartheid, and sexual and gender-based violence.  They will also learn about movements to protect and promote human rights, including the elaboration of the contemporary the human rights régime, efforts by international and local non-governmental human rights organizations, and artistic and literary responses to human rights challenges.

The minor is administered by the Human Rights Studies Program.

Program Objectives

In addition to completing HMR 134, students must take three additional Core Courses and one course from the Elective Course list. 

Advising: Lauren Wong, 211 Sproul Hall,, (530) 752-4999

Required Course (4 units)
HMR 134 Human Rights             

Core Courses (12 units) –Choose three from the following:          
HMR 120A Art, Architecture, and Human Rights
HMR 130 Special Topics in Human Rights
HMR 131 Genocide
HMR 136 Human Rights in the Middle East
HMR 138 Human Rights, Gender, and Sexuality
HMR 140A Human Rights and the Popular Imagination
HMR 140B The Politics of Memory in: Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation
HMR 161 Human Rights in Latin America
HMR 162Y The History of Human Rights in Europe
HMR 190 Seminar in Human Rights

In addition to the courses listed above, any course with the HMR prefix and numbered between 100-199 will count towards the core course requirements.

Elective Courses (4 units) –Choose one from the following or seek the approval of the program advisor for an unlisted course that treats a human rights related topic.

Suggested Electives                                                                                                                4

AAS 180 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
AMS 156 Race, Culture, and Society in the United States
ANT 126A Anthropology of Development
HIS 115E The African Slave Trade
HIS 142A History of the Holocaust
HIS 142B The Memory of the Holocaust
HIS 159 Women and Gender in Latin American History
HIS 165 Latin American Social Revolutions
HIS 184 History of Sexuality in America
NAS 120 Ethnopolitics of South American Indians
POL 124 The Politics of Global Inequality
SOC 104 The Political Economy of International Migration

Students who declared their Human Rights minor prior to Fall 2019 may opt to follow the requirements above OR the previous requirements.

Declare Human Rights as your Minor