Undergraduate Minor in Human Rights

The minor program in Human Rights is an interdisciplinary plan of study that provides students the opportunity to become familiar with theoretical, historical, and comparative perspectives on human rights. The flexibility of this course of study complements majors in any of the disciplines. A minor in Human Rights will provide a background for graduate study in an appropriate discipline where scholarship can focus on human rights, or in careers which incorporate human rights advocacy, including journalism, filmmaking, the practice of law or medicine, teaching, policy analysis, or service in government or intergovernmental entities.

The minor requires five courses, including: 

  • At least two courses must be selected from the three Human Rights core courses (HMRT 20100, 20200, 20300)
  • Remaining courses can be selected from among the Human Rights core and approved upper-level Human Rights courses

No courses in the minor can be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors, nor can they be counted toward general education requirements. They must be taken for quality grades. More than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Human Rights must receive the Executive Director's approval. This requires obtaining the "Consent to Complete a Minor Program" from their College adviser, meeting with the Executive Director during office hours or by appointment, and returning the form to the College adviser by the end of Spring Quarter of their third year.

For a list of current course offerings, view the Human Rights course listings in the College Catalog.