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Minor Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 25 units of Human Rights-related coursework

  1. All students must complete the required gateway course
  2. Students must complete at least one course across each of three streams to ensure breadth and depth. Students may select courses from a pre-approved list or petition to receive credit for another course.
    • Foundations: courses from disciplines including History, Law, Philosophy, Political Science and others that introduce theoretical or historical foundations of human rights
    • Contemporary Issues: courses that focus on particular human rights issues such as poverty, gender equality, public health, or the environment
    • Practice: courses dedicated to practical application of human rights principles through skills development, advocacy training, and experiential or community engaged learning
       
  3. Under the supervision of an Academic Council member, students will propose and complete a capstone project, which should either include a 25-page research paper on a human rights topic approved by the supervising faculty, or some alternative culminating work requiring equivalent effort approved in advance by the supervising faculty. Learn more about the capstone requirement.

Administrative requirements

  1. Students may not double-count courses for completing major and minor requirements.
  2. At least 10 of the 25 units must be completed on Stanford’s campus.
  3. All courses to be counted toward the minor must be taken for a letter grade.
  4. All students must maintain a GPA of no less than 3.0 in the classes counting toward the minor, and all courses will be taken for a letter grade except where letter grades are not offered, as required by University policy.