The Center for Human Rights Leadership

The Human Rights Sequence

Developed in cooperation with The Center for Human Rights Leadership, the Human Rights, Genocide and Holocaust Studies sequence will help students to obtain the knowledge, skills, and moral insight needed to intervene constructively in a world rife with human rights abuses, terrorism, and genocidal conflict. The sequence emphasizes historical and political-economic analysis, moral reflection, and practical experience that explore not only the causes of human rights violations and genocide, but also the ethical commitments, economic policies, political processes, and leadership qualities that are necessary to oppose and correct those destructive conditions. The director and associate director of the Center will serve as academic advisors for the sequence.

Sequence Requirements
The Human Rights, Genocide, and Holocaust Studies sequence requires completion of five courses and an internship. Courses meeting the different requirements are listed in the CMC catalog. The academic coursework must be distributed as follows:

  1. One Course in Political Philosophy and/or Ethics (with special emphasis on human rights)
  2. One Course in Holocaust Studies
  3. Two Elective Courses Focused on Human Rights Issues, normally selected from different academic disciplines and chosen in consultation with a sequence advisor
  4. An Independent Study that Focuses on Human Rights Issues and/or Genocide (an appropriate senior thesis may be used to fulfill this requirement)
  5. An Internship approved by the sequence advisor.

For full details of the sequence requirements, consult the CMC course catalog (available online).