Human Rights

Administrative Information

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Samuel Moyn, 501 Fayerweather; 854-3009;

Program Office: Institute for the Study of Human Rights; 91 Claremont Avenue, 7th Floor; 851-9703;




Human rights are central to contemporary understandings of justice and equality, and have crucial bearing on the ability to assess and respond to emerging technological, economic, social, and political issues.

The Undergraduate Human Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights engages students in this dynamic and evolving field and enhances their knowledge, skills, and commitment to human rights. The program offers a major and a concentration in human rights, provides students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and explore their interests in human rights outside the classroom, and works to strengthen and support the undergraduate human rights community on campus. More information on academic and extracurricular events, opportunities, and resources for undergraduate human rights students is available on the program's website. For an advising appointment, email

Departmental Honors

To be awarded departmental honors, a student must satisfy all the requirements for the major, maintain a 3.6 GPA in the major, maintain an overall GPA of 3.6, and complete a thesis of sufficiently high quality to merit honors. A thesis is required of all students who wish to be considered for honors, but does not guarantee honors. Students write the thesis in HRTS W3996 Human rights thesis seminar in the spring. For information on the application and deadlines, see department website.