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Department of
Politics and Human Rights

Foundational beliefs. Transforming knowledge.

Join the conversation and translate theory into action. MMC’s program in Politics and Human Rights is designed to give future leaders the means to change the world.

Our program explores the nature of human rights and political action. Politics and Human Rights majors will learn to approach the development of human rights in the United States and the international community from a variety of practical and theoretical perspectives.

This curriculum prepares students for a wide range of careers in not-for-profit, government, and business sectors. PHR also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in law, journalism, business and management, and the social sciences.

Courses taught in the Politics and Human Rights major offer a wide range of perspectives on the governmental and cultural forces that shape our lives. As a complement to their work in the classroom, students benefit from our location in one of the largest, most diverse cities in the world through internshipsfield study, and service learning opportunities.

PHR majors have opportunities to:

  • conduct research for philanthropic, news, or arts organizations;
  • help plan city budgets or elect local or national politicians;
  • explore vital community and cultural issues and institutions
  • participate in combined courses with students in MMC’s Bedford Hills College Program for incarcerated women;
  • gain experience working with international organizations and companies;
  • experience study abroad and faculty-led travel courses.

Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1243-sameera-uddin"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,0,720,960/11482_sameera_uddin_ir_pic.rev.1453904266.jpg" alt="Sameera Uddin" title="Sameera Uddin" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After graduating in May 2014, Sameera embarked on a three month internship with the Irish Parliament in Dublin, Ireland.  This was her third and last internship as a J.K. Watson Fellow, a three year competitive award for promising and talented undergraduates. Sameera currently works as the Founding Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager for <a href="http://nyckidsrise.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">NYC Kids RISE</a>, a nonprofit organization working to expand economic opportunity and equity for all families in NYC. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1243-sameera-uddin">Sameera Uddin</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/political-science/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Political Science</a> and Minor in <a href="/departments/international-studies/minors/international-studies.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">International Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2270-lisa-mills"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,0,242,242/16487_Mills_Lisa.rev.1513798298.jpg" alt="Lisa Mills" title="Lisa Mills" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Class of 2017’s Lisa Mills currently works for NYC law firm Weitz & Luxenberg Pc as a paralegal in the Environmental department. Lisa’s work includes reviewing cases and writing memorandums to be reviewed by the managing attorney, organizing clientele data, and communicating with clients and representatives to obtain relevant documentation to support litigation cases for court submission. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2270-lisa-mills">Lisa Mills</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, Major in <a href="/departments/politics-human-rights/">Politics and Human Rights</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1283-molly-ward"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,0,360,480/16064_molly_ward.rev.1505918757.jpg" alt="Molly Ward" title="Molly Ward" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> As a student at MMC, Molly split her time between campus and a series of internships focused in political and national news. She was heard on-air on SiriusXM Radio’s OutQ channel, reporting and helping produce news stories related to the LGBTQ community. Molly is current an Associate Producer at MSNBC’s Emmy-nominated show, <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/all" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">All in with Chris Hayes</a>.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1283-molly-ward">Molly Ward</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in <a href="/departments/political-science/">Political Science</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/963-alex-epstein"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,36,323,359/11473_a_epstein.rev.1453904264.jpg" alt="Alex Epstein" title="Alex Epstein" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After graduating MMC in the spring of 2012, Alex entered into a masters program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio to obtain a Masters in Social Work. Specializing in community and social development, she spent her graduate school years working in internships including an “amazing” year with the ACLU of Ohio. In this time, she learned an immense amount about policy, advocacy and community development</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/963-alex-epstein">Alex Epstein</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1300-vladimir-martinez"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,0,640,640/11478_vlad.rev.1453904265.jpg" alt="Vladimir Martinez" title="Vladimir Martinez" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Vladimir Martinez, before starting law school at CUNY School of Law, was the current Director of Budget and Capital Projects at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. Prior to his work with the Borough President, Vlad was the Director of Communications and Budget for Council Member Carlos Menchaca of the New York City Council. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1300-vladimir-martinez">Vladimir Martinez</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/political-science/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Political Science</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1322-matt-corridoni"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,0,338,338/11471_matt_corridoni.rev.1453904264.jpg" alt="Matt Corridoni" title="Matt Corridoni" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After MMC, Matt continued on to earn his Masters at American University in 2015, completeing the Political Communication program and certificates in Campaign Management and Public Affairs and Advocacy (the Art and Craft of Lobbying) from the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. In May 2015, Matt accepted a position on the communications team of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s 2016 presidential campaign. He’s currently serving as Press Secretary for Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts in Washington D.C.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1322-matt-corridoni">Matt Corridoni</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in Political Science</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1018-kaitlin-nichols"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,0,572,712/11480_k_nichols.rev.1453904265.jpg" alt="Kaitlin Nichols" title="Kaitlin Nichols" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Since graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in 2012, Kaitlin has completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and has begun a career as a social worker in New York City.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1018-kaitlin-nichols">Kaitlin Nichols</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in Sociology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1051-pamela-kirsch"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,0,408,408/11476_pam_kirsch.rev.1453904265.jpg" alt="Pamela Kirsch" title="Pamela Kirsch" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> In 2013 Pamela earned a B.A. in Sociology from MMC and a minor in Social Work. She then went on to pursue graduate school at Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW). She earned her clinical social work degree in 2015, with a focus in contemporary social issues. She is currently working as a Supervising Trauma Therapist and Field Instructor for <span class="pv-entity__secondary-title">North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence.</span></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1051-pamela-kirsch">Pamela Kirsch</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in Sociology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1142-alex-kane"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,12,467,479/13208_alex_kane.rev.1462900737.jpg" alt="Alex Kane" title="Alex Kane" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Since graduating in 2011 with a degree in Political Science, Alex has pursued a career in journalism with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. In 2016, Alex earned his a Master’s at New York University in Journalism and Near East Studies, where he is studied Arabic, contemporary Middle East politics and multimedia journalism. <span class="lt-line-clamp__line"> As a freelance journalist, Alex writes about Israel/Palestine and post-9/11 civil liberties. His work has appeared in </span><span class="lt-line-clamp__line lt-line-clamp__line--last">Ha’aretz, The Intercept, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Al Jazeera, The Forward and more.</span></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1142-alex-kane">Alex Kane</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/political-science/">Political Science</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1266-kaitlin-luongo"><img src="/live/image/gid/177/width/215/src_region/0,0,239,239/11477_k_luongo.rev.1453904265.jpg" alt="Kaitlin Luongo" title="Kaitlin Luongo" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After graduating from MMC in 2009, Kaitlin went on to Columbia University for her Masters in Social Work, earning a degree in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities. Kaitlin worked as a social worker for Hoboken University Medical Center before starting work as a Psychotherapist at Children’s Specialized Hospital.  </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1266-kaitlin-luongo">Kaitlin Luongo</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Minor in <a href="https://www.mmm.edu/departments/sociology/minor-social-work.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Social Work</a></p></div>