Undergraduate Minor in Human Rights

College students in any field of study may complete a Minor in Human Rights. The Minor is an interdisciplinary plan of study that provides students the opportunity to become familiar with the 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 many disciplines or for careers that incorporate human rights analysis or advocacy, including medicine, law, film-making, social work, public policy, teaching, journalism, or government service.

The Human Rights Minor requires a total of five courses, including:

(1) One introductory course, chosen from one of the following:

  • Human Rights: Contemporary Issues and Concepts (HMRT 20300)
  • Human Rights: Philosophical Foundations (HMRT 20100)
  • Human Rights  in Vienna (any of the three courses offered)

(2) Four approved Human Rights courses or cross-listed courses

It is also recommended, but not required, that students who minor in Human Rights take Human Rights in World Civilizations I and II (HMRT 10100 and HRMT 10200) to fulfill their general education requirement.

To apply for the Minor, students must receive approval from the Pozen Center Executive Director using a minor request form obtained from their College adviser. This form must then be returned to their College adviser by the end of Spring Quarter of their third year.

Courses in the minor program may not be (1) double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors or (2) counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Due to recent changes in the Human Rights minor, students in the classes of 2017 and 2018 who have enrolled in the Minor as of July 1, 2016, can seek approval of other combinations of Human Rights courses from the Pozen Center Executive Director.