In the Human Rights & History minor, students study the history of human rights, in
both U.S. and international contexts, with a focus on the development of human rights
enforcement and advocacy. This minor compliments a wide variety of majors and thoroughly
prepares students for career opportunities through a carefully selected, required
The Human Rights & History minor helps students contextualize the historical implications
of human rights. Human Rights minors are required to complete 21 units with a grade
equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course taken. All Human Rights & History minors
may transfer up to 9 units toward the minor. The minor is open to students in any
major. Consult with an adviser to ensure your academic program prepares you for your
career aspirations. View minor requirements in the “TU Undergraduate Catalog.”
A sample of Human Rights & History course outlines are posted below to help guide
students with their course selections. They may also contact the coordinator for the
human rights and history minor: kkatz AT_TOWSON
The Human Rights & History minor introduces students to the origins and development
of human rights. Students explore a range of topics for the purpose of investigating
the role they have played in human history. These topics may include:
slavery and racism
poverty and inequality
violence against marginalized groups including women and members of the LGBTQ+ community
The Human Rights & History minor will challenge students to think about issues historically, geographically and thematically. The
minor will also investigate how human rights have been implemented, abused and restricted.
This program has been designed to allow students to take courses across the disciplines
(with an emphasis on history) by offering a framework for understanding the roots
of human rights controversies, theoretical approaches to understanding them and practical
approaches to ameliorating their 21st century effects.
The minor is optimal for students pursuing a broad array of professional fields, including
careers in government, international relations or the non-profit sector. It allows
students to tailor their interests by connecting their coursework to an internship.
Examples include courses on the environment, immigration and forced migration, race
and society, gender, sexual violence and LGBTQ+ issues. Internships may address those
or related topics.
Majors to Consider with this Minor
The minor pairs well with, but is not limited to, majors in: