Human Rights Minor



The Minor in Human Rights is a new, multidisciplinary, 15 unit minor at SJSU.   Students in the Minor will have the opportunity to explore the history and structure of formal human rights and international law, study any number of historical or contemporary human rights struggles, meet and work with Bay Area human rights organizations, and gain experience in a graduate style/level capstone symposium course.

Students who are interested in careers or scholarship (graduate or professional school) related to international law, international relations, policy studies, human rights advocacy/reporting, forensic reporting on war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity, community organizing, social movement networks, or social problems are highly encouraged to enroll in the minor.

Our full-time faculty hold advanced degrees in Law, Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology, Economics, Social Work, Anthropology Communication Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, and Political Science.


  • JS 25: Introduction to Human Rights and Justice (3 units)

  • JS 171: Human Rights and Justice: An Interdisciplinary Exploration (3 units, SJSU Studies Area V)

  • SOCI 118:  Sociology of Human Rights and Social Justice

  • Choose 2 substantive electives (6 units) — For a final course list, please see the Minor Graduation Form.

  • JS 179: Human Rights Practicum and Seminar (3 units, prerequisite courses: JS 25, JS 171 and 100W from any department)


Students must have completed their lower division course-work, and must have completed 100W as a Co or Pre-Requisite to enroll in JS 171, JS 179, or any substantive elective that is an SJSU Studies (R,S,V) course.  It is essential that students in the Minor exhibit and pursue excellent critical literacy and writing skills.

Note:  Students must abide by the respective department require­ments for enrolling in substantive elective courses.  This should not be prohibitive for most students in most substantive elective courses.


Students will receive the highest quality instruction across disciplines in the Colleges of Applied Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences.  For students in these Colleges, the Minor in Human Rights will potentially overlap with major course requirements.

The Minor should not delay graduation:  Many of the Minor courses fulfill SJSU Studies Course requirements (R, S, V).  Proper planning and advising will ensure that students graduate when intended.

Students will receive graduate level training and exposure to Bay Area human rights organizations though the capstone (JS 179) course.

Students interested in the minor should plan to register for JS 25 (beginning Fall 2012), complete their lower division coursework, and complete their Z (100W) requirement.

Also, you may complete the minor form and email it directly to TBD and bring your transcripts to him during his office hours.


If you are interested in declaring a Minor in Human Rights or if you have any questions, feel free to contact our Director of the Human Rights Program, TBD

For  more about our department and potential career options, download the HR Minor Form  or the SJSU Human Rights Minor Annual Report 2013.