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    Why Study Politics and Human Rights?

    We’re living through a tumultuous time, and you’re part of a generation fighting for change. Explore the nature of human rights and political action. Learn how people can best use their power to impact institutions and systems for the better.

    Why Study Politics and Human Rights at MMC?

    In MMCs Politics and Human Rights minor, action is as important as understanding. You’ll study the governmental and cultural forces that shape our lives so that you can effectively advocate for change and justice within them. Internships, a social work practicum, independent study, advocacy projects, and hands-on research methodologies embed the PHR community and curriculum in an urban, global learning experience.

    What You Will Learn

    • Social science methods, historical perspectives, and the foundational theories of politics and human rights.
    • Engage with the systems and movements that drive society and politics.
    • Identify issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, climate, religion, nationality, political-ecology, and class.


    Erin O’Connor
    Chair, Department of Politics and Human Rights 

    Program Highlights

    Through MMC’s Prison Education programs, women incarcerated at the Taconic and Bedford Hills Correctional Facilities can earn a degree in Politics and Human Rights. Select PHR courses at our East 71st campus are linked with TCP and BHCP courses through shared readings and assignments. In addition, MMC hosts a bi-annual conference at Bedford Hills.
    The Suffrage Academy curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to explore the history of enfranchisement in the United States and beyond. Courses are offered in departments across the College, including the arts, business, communications, history, and the social sciences; each will critically engage suffrage in its own way.
    After graduation, many of our students work to effect change, whether it’s at New York City Hall, in the criminal justice reform system, arts education, or transgender housing equity. You too can make your mark on the world.
    • MMC’s professors provided me with unconditional motivation and support, the department gave me opportunities that many do not have access to in grad school let alone undergrad, and the variety of classes in the field helped me to form my career path and goals.

      Dominique Cagliuso ’20

      Class of 2020, Major in International Studies and Politics and Human Rights, Minor in Law and Ethics

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    Careers and Outcomes

    Politics and Human Rights is building on the success of the Social Science departments at Marymount Manhattan College. Students who have studied the Social Sciences with us have gone on to have diverse and fulfilling careers and often help change their communities for the better. Below, you’ll hear from some of our alums in our Social Science community. These students, all of whom have studied with Politics and Human Rights faculty, are pursuing great opportunities in graduate and law school, or serving their communities in government, the private sector, counseling, and not-for-profit and community planning organizations.


    • Director of Community and External Affairs
    • Executive Consultant
    • Gender Program Coordinator
    • Special Education Inclusion Teacher
    • Fulbright Scholar
    • Research Assistant
    • Office of the Chancellor, NYC Department of Education


    • Sunrise Movement
    • CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
    • US Senator Charles E. Schumer’s Office
    • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
    • New York City Council
    • Pete Buttigieg for President 2020 Campaign
    • Law Firms, NGOs, and Not-For-Profit Organizations

    The Sojourner Truth Suffrage Academy

    Designed to give students the opportunity to explore the history of enfranchisement in the United States and beyond, the Academy offers connection- and immersion-level courses, from American History classes to Black Female Sexuality in Film, Photography and Social Engagement, and The Social Psychology of Dress, among others. The Academy also offers a robust speaker series and collaborates with MMC’s renowned Prison Education programs.

    check out the speaker series

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