Concentration in Civil & Human Rights

Starting fall 2022, the Keough School supplementary major will cease to accept new students.

The Klau Institute supports study in civil and human rights within the global affairs supplementary major, serving students who wish to engage in an integrated study of both domestic civil rights and international human rights.

In the introduction to international human rights, students explore the general system of modern international law with an eye toward understanding five watershed moments in international human rights: (1) the global abolition of slavery, (2) the move from colonialism to self-determination and sovereignty, (3) the outlawing of the use of aggressive force to resolve territorial disputes, (4) the establishment of accountability structures for human rights violations, and, (5) most recently, the global regulation for sustainability of shared natural resources. 

In the introduction to domestic civil rights, students explore the original context of domestic civil rights in the United States: racial justice.  Through a study of twelve historical events from 17th century through the 20th century, the course examines the politics of confrontation and civil disobedience, polarization of arts, transformation of race relations, the tragedies and triumphs of Reconstruction, interracial violence, black political and institutional responses to racism and violence, the Harlem Renaissance, jazz, blues, and the civil rights and black power movements.


To complete a concentration within the supplementary major, students must complete two introductory courses (see above); two elective courses; and one capstone course, for a total of 15 credits. For advising within the concentration contact Klau Institute associate director Dory Mitros Durham at

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