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All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.
The purpose of the human rights and migration minor is to encourage students to treat human rights and migration as both intellectual and practical questions. Students address critical questions: What sorts of rights do citizens, migrants, and refugees deserve? Where do rights come from—from political communities like the nation-state or from universal understandings of humanity? Who counts as a human deserving of rights? How are human rights different from citizenship rights? Students will engage openly with the history and the implementation of human rights, explore its origins and trajectory, the discourses and institutions that make up the international human rights framework today, and the range of its influences and effects. In many cases, migrants and refugees face complex political and legal barriers to the exercise of their rights. Students will learn about the economic, cultural, demographic, and political impacts of immigration; laws and government policies for addressing immigration and refugee flows; ethnic, gender, citizenship, and transnational dimensions of immigration; the integration of immigrant minorities in receiving societies; and immigrant history and literature. Many of the courses in the minor have a clear international context, and a good portion have a US or comparative approach.
This program helps to prepare students for a career in research and teaching, public policy, working in NGOs that advocate for and monitor human rights compliance, immigrant service-providing organizations, government agencies, or law. The unique research and writing opportunities offered by this minor also make it an excellent preparation for graduate school.
To receive a minor in human rights and migration, a student must complete twenty-eight units, including two required courses (either HMNR 100 or HMNR 101 and one of the following: POLI 150A, SOCI 125, or POLI 140D), and twenty additional units. The additional twenty units may be satisfied either by a) five additional four-unit classes from the list of approved electives, or b) internships through AIP or field research in the Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP). Additional courses may be approved by special petition to the program directors.
Since the human rights and migration minor is an interdisciplinary program, students are allowed to take no more than three courses in any one department. All courses (except internships) must be taken for letter grade.
One of the following human rights focused courses:
HMNR 100/SOCI 174/HITO 119. Human Rights I: Introduction to Human Rights and Global Justice
HMNR 101/ANSC 140. Human Rights II: Contemporary Issues
and one of the following migration-focused courses:
POLI 150A. The Politics of Immigration
SOCI 125. Sociology of Immigration
POLI 140D. International Human Rights Law: Migrant Populations
(Choose any five four-unit courses from the following list, or petition for other courses to be accepted)
ANTH 21. Race and Racisms
ANTH 23. Debating Multiculturalism: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in American Societies
ANSC 131. Language, Law, and Social Justice
ANSC 144. Immigrant and Refugee Health
ANSC 151. US-Mexico Border Ethnographies
ANSC 153. War in Lived Experience
ANSC 155. Humanitarian Aid: What Is It Good For?
ANSC 158. Comparative Anthropology of Crisis
ANSC 176. The Meaning of Political Violence
ANSC 185. #BlackLivesMatter
ANSC 186. Gender and Incarceration
CGS 106. Gender Equality and the Law
COMM 114F. Law, Communication, and Freedom of Expression
ETHN 103. Environmental Racism
ETHN 109. Race and Social Movements
ETHN 152. Law and Civil Rights
HITO 134. International Law—War Crimes and Genocide
HIUS 136. Citizenship and Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century
LAWS 101. Contemporary Legal Issues
LTCS 125. Cultural Perspectives on Immigration and Citizenship
PHIL 167. Contemporary Political Philosophy
PHIL 168. Philosophy of Law
POLI 104I. Law and Politics—Courts and Political Controversy
POLI 104M. Law and Sex
POLI 104B. Civil Liberties—Fundamental Rights
POLI 104C. Civil Liberties—The Rights of Criminals and Minorities
POLI 108. Politics of Multiculturalism
POLI 111B. Global Justice/Theory and Action
POLI 122. Politics of Human Rights
POLI 122D. Abuse of Power
POLI 131. Muslim Integration and Exclusion
POLI 135. Comparative LGBT Politics
POLI 140A. International Law and Organizations
SOCI 163. Migration and the Law
SOCI 140F. Law and the Workplace
SOCI 175. Nationality and Citizenship
SOCI 177. International Terrorism
After completing Requirements 1 and 2 (see “Required Courses” for the minor above), students may choose to complete their minor by doing independent research or internships. Students choosing this track will receive intensive training through academic internships in a local immigrant/refugee service-providing organization or conduct independent research in the area. Students are required to take one upper-division research methods course from the following:
Complete the remaining sixteen units for this track through a combination of:
Students choosing to satisfy their units requirements in Track B through field research focused on migration, like the MMFRP, must complete HMNR 100 and 101 (and not one of the three migration-focused required courses).
*Note: Students choosing this option must be eligible for and follow AIP deadlines and guidelines. AIP courses and 199 courses may be taken for P/NP for this minor.