The Human Rights minor is an option for students who are interested in this rapidly emerging field of study. This is a coordinated tri-campus initiative (UW Tacoma, UW Seattle and UW Bothell). Students benefit from being able to choose from many courses on different campuses, as well as meeting and collaborating with students from other programs. Students may, but are not required to, take courses from more than one campus in order to earn the minor.
Who may benefit from the minor:
- Students who are applying to law school;
- Students who want to work in international human rights NGOs (non-governmental agencies) or humanitarian nonprofits;
- Students who want to work in government;
- Students who are interested in the relationship between culture and international law;
- Students who are interested in women's rights as human rights and the impact of the gendered state on women and labor;
- Students who are interested in environmental justice issues, environmental law or science in the service of human rights or international humanitarian relief;
- Students who are Business students interested in the issue of globalization and labor;
- Students who are Nursing students interested in health and justice issues or international health.
The SIAS majors have been designed to allow a student earn a minor without additional credits beyond that required for graduation. With proper planning, most of the SIAS majors will work well with the human rights minor. See your program advisor for further details.
Declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor. For questions about the minor, contact the Human Rights minor coordinator, Associate Professor Michael Forman.
Human Rights minor course requirements
All courses in the minor must be completed with a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Students are highly encouraged to take courses from the other two campuses as well as UW Tacoma to complete this minor. The expertise available on all three campuses has the potential to make the experience a richer one, providing more choices for internships and specialization of study within the minor. This information is provided for those students who want a summary of the UW Tacoma offerings.
This minor requires 25 credits.
List A: 10 credits
Courses in which human rights is a core concept
- THIST 457 Antisemitism and the Holocaust
- THLTH 520 Health and Human Rights (3 crs - requires instructor permission)
- TLAW 422 International Humanitarian Law (formerly TPOLS 422)
- TLAW 424 The Politics and Law of International Human Rights (formerly TPOLS 368)
- TPHIL 200 Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights
- TPHIL 453 Political Theory of Human Rights (formerly TPOLS 453)
- TPOLS 230 International Human Rights (formerly TPOLS 311)
- TPOLS 251 Cultural Studies: Torture and Human Rights
- TPOLS 319 Theories of Political Violence (formerly TPOLS 420)
- TPOLS 410 Labor Rights & Human Rights
- TPOLS 421 Human Rights in Emerging Democracies: Eastern Europe and Latin America
- TPOLS 448 Human Rights in Latin America - Argentina Study Abroad
List B: 5 credits
Courses concerned with human rights in a broader context (poverty, race/ethnicity, gender, labor, social change)
- TECON 313 Theories of Economic Development and Social Change
- TECON 325 Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy (formerly TECON 425)
- TEGL 419 African-American Culture and Consciousness (formerly THIST 419)
- TGEOG 352 Cultural Geography
- THIST 220 African American History 1619-1865
- THIST 221 African American History: 1865-1945
- THIST 222 African-American History: 1945-Present
- THIST 322 American Labor since the Civil War
- THIST 340 History of U.S. - American Indian Relations
- THIST 413 Civil Rights, Civil Liberties
- THIST 416 Life and Thought: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis
- THIST 441 Black Freedom Movement
- TLAW 215 Introduction to International Organizations (formerly TPOLS 328)
- TLAW 320 American Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers and Constraints (formerly TPOLS 320)
- TLAW 348 Gender and Law (formerly TPOLS 348)
- TLAW 363 Law in Society (formerly TPOLS 363)
- TLAW 452 Minorities and the Law (formerly TPOLS 452)
- TLIT 320 Afrian American Literature from Slavery to the Present
- TLIT 324 African American Women's Literature
- TLIT 425 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
- TPOLS 312 Nineteenth Century Revolutions and Revolutionaries
- TPOLS 343 Community and Labor Organizing: A Multicultural Perspective (formerly TPOLS 456)
- TPOLS 360 Genocide
- TPOLS 371 The Politics of Security
- TPOLS 435 Popular Movements in Latin America
- TPOLS 450 Contemporary Theories of Culture: Post-9/11 (Please Note: Only this variation of TPOL S 450 counts)
- TPOLS 451 Human Rights and the Use of Force
- TSOC 335 Social Class and Inequality
- TSOC 434 Women, Race, and Class: Identity and Intergroup Relations
- TSOC 456 Rural Societies and Development
- TURB 314 Gender and the Urban Landscape
- TURB 316 Cities and Citizenship: Researching Inequalities in Urban Settings
Ten additional credits from List A or B
At least three (3) credits in a human rights related internship, practicum, study abroad or equivalent
Important note for students who choose the internship option: human rights internships have as their primary objective learning about human rights work and facilitating a synthesis between classroom learning and practical engagement. Appropriate human rights internships may be supervised by any University of Washington faculty member. Students who choose this route to fulfill the minor’s requirements must find an appropriate internship and register for TIAS 496 Internship. The new Human Rights Minor form MUST be stapled to the TIAS 496 Internship form when you submit it to the IAS program if you want the internship to count for the minor. Be sure to have supervising faculty sign it or your minor may be incomplete.
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