Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy
Provides a strong foundation in human rights and humanitarian policy, engaging both theory and practice while giving you the flexibility to shape your academic experience to suit your interests and career goals.
Increasingly, human rights are viewed as an essential component of most major international policies, including economic development, peace-building, conflict resolution, business development, and gender issues. Grappling with these issues requires human rights knowledge, as well as expertise in multiple substantive realms. Students in the Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy concentration combine interdisciplinary research and academic training with skills and technical knowledge from across SIPA and Columbia, preparing them for productive and ethical careers.
Students must complete the following 15-credit sequence as part of this concentration:
- Three credits in core requirements (International Human Rights Law),
- Six credits in either Human Rights focus area or Humanitarian Policy focus area,
- Plus additional six credits in approved elective courses.
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