Minor in Human Rights & Social Justice

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The Human Rights and Social Justice minor provides an exploration of key historical, political, legal, moral, and sociological influences that have created and formed the study of human rights. Students will identify and comprehend major domestic and international declarations, treaties, and covenants governing human rights as well as mechanisms for monitoring and enforcing human rights standards.

Required Courses | 18 credits

  • SO/PO 123 Introduction to Human Rights and Social Justice

At least two of the following each from a different discipline:

  • PO 121 Introduction to American Government
  • PO 122 Introduction to International Relations
  • SO 110 Sociological Imagination
  • GS 101 Introduction to Global Studies
  • CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Choose three electives from below (must be in at least two disciplines):

  • AN 110 Human Cultural Diversity
  • AN 210 World Cultures
  • CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 200 Constitutional Law
  • CJ 222 Race, Ethnicity and Crime 
  • CJ 224 Women and the Criminal Justice System 
  • CJ 225 Domestic and Sexual Violence 
  • CJ 255 Constitutional Rights of Prisoners
  • CM 254 Media and Democracy
  • CM 351 Women in Film & Television
  • ENG 241 Black Writers in America
  • ENG 242 American Women of Color
  • GS 101 Introduction to Global Studies
  • HI 207 History of Latin America to 1826
  • HI 208 History of Latin America Since 1826
  • HI 212 Contemporary Latin America
  • HI 214 French Revolution and Napoleon
  • HI 218 Modern France
  • HI 225 African-American History
  • HI 231 The Cold War and American Society
  • HI 235 Women in American Society
  • HI 255 Celtic and Irish History
  • HI 285 20th Century China
  • HI 322 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • HI 328 The Immigrant Experience
  • PH 251 Introduction to Ethics
  • PH 309 Theories of Justice
  • PH 310 Philosophy of Race
  • PH 315 Philosophy of Gender
  • PO 121 Introduction to American Government
  • PO 122 Introduction to International Relations
  • PO 325 Politics, Law, and Judicial Behavior
  • PO 351 Constitutional Law
  • PO 352 The First Amendment
  • SO 110 Sociological Imagination
  • SO 201 Poverty and Inequality in the US
  • SO 224 Social Capital & Civil Society
  • SO 234 Sociology of Health and Health Care
  • SO 239 Diversity and Oppression
  • SO 244 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 254 Society & Economic Change
  • SO 258 Society and the Environment
  • SO 259 Social Movements
  • SO 263 Sociology of Gender
  • SW 140 Perspectives on Family Violence
  • SW 224 Human Diversity and Social Justice
  • TRS 242 Catholic Social Justice Tradition
  • TRS 341 Religion, War and Peace
  • TRS 342 Human Rights
  • TRS 343 Philanthropy as Moral Action
  • TRS 383 Holocaust, Genocide and Religion

In addition, special topic 299 courses across various disciples, capstone experiences and internships may be approved on an individual basis.

The Chair of the Department of Sociology will approve special topics courses, as well as other courses towards the minor. An application for course inclusion is available upon request. If a student shows interest in either a field work project, lengthy research paper, or internship – in consultation with a faculty advisor – it may be counted as an internship or independent study in their respective major as a Human Rights and Social Justice Minor Capstone Experience.