Human Rights

The concentration in human rights offers a model for educating and training students through socially embedded, transdisciplinary dialogue, research and practice. Course work in the social sciences, law and the humanities will prepare students to critically examine societal problems and to design culturally congruent and contextually specific solutions to human rights dilemmas in such areas as child welfare; economic development; education; environment; health; indigenous rights; labor rights; violence against women and water and energy resources.

The concentration provides students with historical, legal and philosophical perspectives from which to think broadly and critically about human rights issues. It introduces them to social science and policy research on rights, conflict and governance; to human rights conventions, laws and treaties; and to the institutions that seek to uphold these agreements (i.e., international tribunals, nongovernment organizations). Students gain background and skills needed to work within those professions most closely aligned with human rights, including some aspects of law, nongovernment organizations and other nonprofits and policy development.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • The Interdisciplinary Component area requires 9 hours from at least two of these three areas: States and Conflict; Social Stratification and Human Rights; Marginalization and Human Rights. Courses must be from two or more academic areas.

Global Politics of Human Rights 3 Hours Required
Select one course from the following:

POS 368 Ethics and Human Rights (3)

POS 480 Global Justice


JUS 352 The Global Politics of Human Rights


Human Rights Institutions and Organizations 3 Hours Required
Select one course from the following:

POS 465 International Organization and Law


SGS 321 International Institutions and Global Governance


Interdisciplinary Component 9 hours Required
Select in consultation with a Justice and Social Inquiry advisor.

Students must select 9 hours of electives on current issues in human rights.

Courses must be taken from at least two of the substantive areas listed below and from two or more academic units. Any course listed below may count toward this requirement, as well as other courses as approved by an academic advisor in the School of Social Transformation.

States and Conflict

FMS 494 [*LAT* AM* DOC* FILM*]
SLC 494 [*LAT* AM* DOC* FILM*]
HST 370 Eastern Europe in Transition, SB, G, H (3)
HST 436 The Soviet Experiment, SB, G, H (3)
JUS 374 The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights (3)
JUS 452 Justice Issues in Israel and Palestine: The Political is Personal (3)
JUS 467 Terrorism, War and Justice, SB (3)
JUS 469 Political Deviance and the Law, L or SB, C (3)
JUS 479 Law and Disputing, L or SB (3)
PHI 448 Justice and Reparations (3)
REL 388 Religion, Ethics and International Politics (3)
SGS 340 Violence, Conflict and Human Rights (3)
SPA 472 Spanish American Civilization, HU, H, G (3)

Social Stratification and Human Rights

AFR 305 The Global History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, SB, H (3)
AFR 327 Human Rights in Africa (3) 
AFR 470 Women's International Human Rights (3)
WST 598 [*WOM* INT* HUM* RI*]
APA 350/JUS 365 Inequality and Diversity in Education, L & C (3) 
JUS 321 Wealth Distribution and Poverty, SB, C (3)
JUS 325 Globalization and Socio-Economic Justice, SB, G (3)
JUS 405 Economic Justice, L or SB, G (3)
JUS 415 Gender and International Development, L, G (3)
JUS 477 Youth and Justice, L or SB, (3)
WST 365 Women and International Health, G (3)

Marginalization and Human Rights

AFR 301/JUS 300 Race and Racism in the Africa/African Diaspora, SB, G (3)
AFR 304 Islands of Globalization: Caribbean Politics and Political Economy, SB, G, H (3)
AFR 420/JUS 421 Race, Ethnicity and Politics in the African Diaspora, SB, G (3)
APA 330 Asian Pacific American Genders and Sexualities, SB, C (3)
JUS 430 Social Protest, Conflict and Change, L or SB, C (3)
JUS 438 Human Differences: Dilemmas of Justice, L or HU, C (3)
JUS 456 Human Rights and Sustainability, L or SB, G (3)
JUS 468 Protest, Justice, Law and the Media, SB (3)
JUS 494 [*PRO* *JUS* *LAW* *MED*]
SGS 494 [*LAT* AM* PHOTO* *HUM*]
SLC 494 [*LAT* AM* PHOTO* *HUM*]
WST 313 Women and Sexuality SB, C (3)
WST 345 Gender, Religion, and Global Violence, SB, G (3)
WST 378 Global Feminist Theory, L, C, G (3)
WST/ASB/SSH 410 Poverty, Social Justice and Global Health, L or SB, G (3)

Experiential Learning 3 hours Required
Select in consultation with a Justice and Social Inquiry advisor.

Students must participate in either a for-credit internship with a human rights organization in the U.S. or abroad, or in a Research Experience with Undergraduates (REU).

JUS 484 Internship (3)
JUS 498 Topic: Research Apprenticeship (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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