Humanitarian Response and Human Rights


This concentration prepares students to assess and solve humanitarian challenges using an integrated, collaborative framework. Students will learn to communicate quickly and effectively with stakeholders involved in issues related to humanitarian response and human rights, whether planning for or responding to disasters, or improving the conditions of populations in local, national or global environments.


Throughout history there has been a constant string of disasters and crises befalling the human population, whether these have been caused by natural events or human activities. Also throughout that time there have been responses, both positive and negative, to such disasters and crises. As the modern world has become increasingly interconnected, the international ramifications of these disasters and crises are increasingly recognized in human, economic, and technical terms. The international community has developed and continues to develop norms and methods rooted in humanitarian response and human rights to address these situations.


Students wishing to receive attestation certifying the depth of their specialization in this particular area will be required to successfully complete at least four of the courses listed below.

Please note that this list will be reviewed from time to time depending on the available course offerings at any given time. Students should check the availability of these courses with the SIA academic advisor and the individual course instructors. Students should also determine if there are pre-requisites for enrolling in a particular course.


  1. Agriculture and Food Policy — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  2. Conflict Resolution in Cross Cultural Contexts —  INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  3. International Organizations — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  4. Property, Poverty and Development — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  5. Crisis Informatics —  SRA 480 (3 credits)
  6. Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management —  IST 564** (3 credits)
  7. Internal and International Migration — SOC 523 (3 credits)
  8. Migration, Urbanization and Policy in the Developing World — SOC 527 (3 credits)
  9. Immigration, Assimilation, and Inequality — SOC 525
  10. Global Health and Mortality — SOC 532
  11. Globalization, Migration, and Displacement — GEOG 422W
  12. Ethnic Conflict in Africa —  AFR 443 (IL) (3 credits)
  13. Genocide and Tyranny —  PL SC 450H (3 credits)
  14. Civil Liberties and Due Process —  PL SC 474  (3 credits)
  15. The Politics of Human Rights — PL SC 451 (3 credits)
  16. Civil Conflict — PL SC 556  (3 credits)
  17. Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Civil Conflict — PL SC 597* (3 credits)
  18. Women in Developing Countries — WMNST 420 (3 credits)
  19. Gender and Politics — WMNST 428/PL SC 428 (3 credits)
  20. Geography of Human Rights — GEOG 497* (3 credits)
  21. Agricultural Biosecurity: Protecting a Key Infrastructure — AGBIO 520 W (3 credits)
  22. Disaster Communications — CAS 553 (3 credits) 
  23. Natural Disasters — GEOSC 402Y (IL) (3 credits)
  24. Risk Analysis in the Earth Sciences — GEOSC 450 (3 credits) 
  25. Global Food Strategies: Problems and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger — NUTR 430 (3 credits) 
  26. International Uniform Enforcement of Human Rights Seminar — SEM 968 (3 credits)
  27. Asylum and Refugee Law — INTER 961 (3 credits)
  28. Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies I — PHP 410** (3 credits)
  29. Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies II — PHP 510** (3 credits)
  30. Public Health Preparedness and the Emergency Operations Plan — PHP 831** (3 credits)

* Frequency and availability of Special Topics 497/597 courses will vary each semester.

** World Campus class; must discuss with SIA Academic Adviser prior to course enrollment