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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. This curriculum prepares students for a wide range of careers in not-for-profitgovernment, and business sectors

See below for the course requirements for:

  • B.A. in Politics & Human Rights

    B.A. in Politics & Human Rights

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major-Specific Requirements: 43 Credits
    Elective Credits: 35 Credits

    Core Requirements for the Major  
    Foundations: (6 credits)
    PHR 101 Foundations of Social and Political Inquiry 3
    IS/ECO 150 Economy, Society, and the State or PS 106 Intro to U.S. Politics 3
    Theory and Methods: (10 credits)
    PHR 310 Theories of Human Rights 3
    SOC 330 Great Social Thinkers or PS 310 Modern Political Thought 3
    PS/SOC/PHR 371 Research Methods in Social Science 4
    Experiential Learning: (6 credits)
    PHR 299/399/499 Internship     3
    SW/PHR 209 Practicum in Social Work 3
    PS/PHR 333 Mock Trial 3
    PS/PHR 336 Playing Politics 3
    Course(s) with Service Learning Component 3
    Bedford Hills College Program Combined Course  3
    PHR 450 Senior Seminar (pre-requisite:
    Research Methods in Social Science)
    (3 credits)
    Electives  
    Culture Cluster (select three of the following courses): (9 credits)
    HIST 255 American Women’s History 3
    PHR 3XX Politics of Abortion                      3
    PS 317 Money, Sex, and Power       3
    PS 328 The Politics of Popular Culture 3
    SOC/PHR 218 Environmental Justice           3
    SOC 213 Women, Society, and Culture     3
    SOC/PHR 304 Art and Politics 3
    SOC/PHR 306 Culture and Ideology 3
    SOC 359 Race and Ethnicity 3
    SOC 361 Cultural and Social Change 3
    SOC 384 Valuing Difference II 3
    SW 204 Valuing Difference I                                        3
    Governance Cluster (select three of the following courses) (9 credits)

    IS/ECO 150 Economy, Society, and the State

    *if foundations requirement already satisfied

    3

    PS 106 Introduction to U.S. Politics

    *if foundations requirement already satisfied

    3
    HIST 237 American Foreign Relations 3
    HIST 325 Cold War America 3
    PS 231 Comparative Politics 3
    PS 262 Multiculturalism and Democracy 3
    PS 263 Power and Politics in the City 3
    PS 311 Democracy and its Critics 3
    PS 340 Political Participation 3
    PS 350 Comparative Economic systems 3
    PS 357 Human Rights in Comparative Perspective 3
    PS 360 The Presidency and the Electorate 3
    Total Credits: 43


    Note: At least 9 credits must be taken at the 300-400 level. Students may also, with permission from the departmental chair, satisfy elective requirements with study abroad courses, or with relevant courses in other programs. Electives are separated into two categories; Governance and Culture. Nine (9) credits should be taken in each area. Students are also encouraged to supplement their program by taking an additional course in method, such as Archival Methods or Ethnography. With advisor approval, one of these methods courses may be substituted for elective credit.

    Note: Courses listed below that have a service-learning component or are taken at Bedford hills may not count for both Electives credit and Experiential Learning credit. 

  • Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Total Credits: 18

    Core Required Courses:

    (6 credits) 
    GSS 210 Gender Studies 3
    GSS 250 Sexuality Studies 3

    Select four courses from the  following (At least three of which
    must be at the 300-level or above)

     (12 credits)
    AIP 353 Masculinity and Hollywood Film 3
    COMM 391 Gender, Sexuality and Media 3
    EWL 130 LGBTQ Literary Traditions  3
    EWL 134 Women’s Literary Traditions 3
    GSS 350 Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies 3
    HIST 255 American Women’s History 3
    HIST 308 Women and Gender in Modern Europe 3
    HIST 356 Black Women in American History 3
    HIST 372 Women and Family in Chinese History 3
    IS 334 Gender and Development 3
    PHIL 314 Women Philosophers of the Past 3
    PHIL 408 Feminist Theories 3
    PSYCH 311 Psychology of Women 3
    PSYCH 319 Human Sexuality 3
    RS 216 Religion and Sexuality 3
    RS 228 Religion and Gender 3
    SOC 213 Women, Society, and Culture 3
    SOC 360 Queer Theory 3
    SPAN 357 Hispanic Women Writers 3
    THTR 327 Gender in Performance 3
    Total Credits: 18
  • Minor in History

    MINOR IN HISTORY

    Total Credits: 18

    Core Required Courses (12)
    HIST 213 Historical Themes 3
    East Asian History course (HIST 232, HIST 237, HIST 238 or HIST 239) 3
    European History Course (HIST 216 or HIST 220)  3

    United States History Course (HIST 101, HIST 103, HIST 244, or HIST 246) 

    3

    Select any two History classes at the 300-level or above

    (6)
    Total Credits: 18
  • Minor in Justice Studies

    Minor in Justice Studies

    Total Credits: 18

    Required Courses  (6 credits)
    SOC/PS 107 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    PHIL 261 Political Philosophy 3
       
    Electives (select a minimum of four (4) courses from the following,
    at least three (3) of which must be at the 300-level or above):
     (12 credits)
    SOC 201 Criminology 3
    RS 220 Religion and Politics 3
    PSYCH 250 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3

    PHIL 287 Philosophy of Law

    3
    JS 390 Special Topics in Justice Studies 3
    SOC 332 Sociology of Surveillance 3
    IS 320 Food Security 3
    PS 324 Law, Government, and Politics in America 3
    PS 337 Crime and Society 3
    SOC 342 Social Movements, Protest, and Conflict 3
    SOC 347 Politics, Power, and Society 3
    COMM 395 Media, Law, and Ethics 3
    RS 352 Religion and Social Justice 3
    Total Credits: 18
  • Minor in Law and Ethics

    MINOR IN LAW AND ETHICS

    Total Credits: 18

    Required Courses  (9)
    PHIL 103: Introduction to Ethics 3
    PHIL 109: Introduction to Logic   3
    PS 106: Introduction to U.S. Politics 3
    Law in Context (select one course from the following) (3)
    AIP 312: Great Trials of the Century (UP)
    AIP 314: The Criminal Mind (UP) 3
    AIP 336: The Politics of Abortion (UP)  3
    AIP 345: Civil Rights (REP, UP)  3
    EWL 322: Literature and Human Rights (IP, EP) 3
    EWL 331: Literature and Revolution (CP, IP) 3
    PS 324: Law, Government, and Politics in America (UP)  3
    PS 317: Money, Sex, and Power (UP)  3
    Law and Theory  (select one course from the following) (3)
    AIP 318: Foundations of Anglo-American Law (CP, IP)  3
    PHIL 340: Ethics and Law (EP) 
    PHR 310: Theories of Human Rights                         3
    PS 402: American Constitutional Law (UP)  3
    Experiential Learning and Methods  (select one course from the following) (3)
    ACCT 332: Forensic Accounting (EP)  3
     HIST/PHR 316: Archival Methods
    PHR/PS 333: Mock Trial 3
    PHR/PS/SOC 336: Playing Politics (EP, UP)  3
    PHR/PS/SOC 371: Research Methods in Social Sciences 3
    Internship 399/499 3
    These courses may be substituted for requirements in the minor in consultation with the Program Coordinator:  
    BUS 303: Business Law II (EP, UP) 3
    COMM/JOUR 395: Media, Law, and Ethics (EP)  3
    IS/PS 315: International Law (IP)  3
    IS/PS 357: Human Rights in Comparative Perspective (IP)  3
    Total Credits: 18
  • Minor in Politics and Human Rights

    Minor in Politics and Human Rights

    Total Credits: 18-19 credits

    Required Courses: (9)
    PHR 101 Foundations of Social and Political Inquiry 3
    PHR 310 Theories of Human Rights 3
    IS/ECO 150 Economy Society and the State  3
       
    Take 3 PHR Electives (9)
    Electives are separated into two categories: Governance and Culture. At least one elective must be from each cluster. The third course may be drawn from either cluster, or from the Theory and Methods or Experiential learning menus.   
    *At least two electives must be at the 300-level or higher  
       
    Theory and Methods Menu  
    PHR/IS 371 Research Methods in Social Sciences 4
    SOC 330 Great Social Thinkers 3
    PS 310 Modern Political Thought 3
       
    Experiential Learning Menu  
    PHR 299/399/499 Internship 3
    PHR/PS 333 Mock Trial 3
    PS/PHR/SOC 336 Playing Politics 3
    SW/PHR 209 Practicum in Social Work 3
    Course(s) with Service Learning component  
    Bedford Hills College Program Combined Course  
       
    Governance Cluster  
    HIST 325 Cold War America 3
    HIST/IS/PS 327 American Foreign Relations 3
    PS 106 Introduction to U.S. Politics 3
    PS 231 Comparative Politics 3
    PS 262 Multiculturalism and Democracy 3
    PS 263 Power and Politics in the City 3
    PS 311 Democracy and its Critics 3
    PS 340 Political Participation 3
    PS/ECO 350 Comparative Economic Systems 3
    PS 357 Human Rights in Comparative Perspective 3
    PS 360 The Presidency and the Electorate 3
       
    Culture Cluster  
    AIP 336 The Politics of Abortion 3
    HIST 255 American Women’s History 3
    PHR/ENV 218 Environmental Justice 3
    PHR/SOC 304 Art, Politics, and Society 3
    PHR/SOC 306 Culture and Ideology 3
    PS 317 Money Sex and Power 3
    SOC/RS 213 Women Society and Culture 3
    SOC 359 Race and Ethnicity 3
    SOC 361 Cultural and Social Change 3
    SOC 384 Valuing Difference II 3
    SW 105 Introduction to Social Work 3
    SW 204 Valuing Difference 3
  • Minor in Political Science

    Minor in Political Science

    Total Credits: 18

    Required Courses: (12 credits)
    PS 106 Introduction to US Politics       3
    PS/IS 231 Comparative Politics or PS 324 Law, Govt. and Politics 3
    PS 262 Politics of American Democracy 3
    PS 310 Modern Political Thought 3
    Select 2 Political Science electives at the 300-level or above  (6 credits)
    Total Credits: 18
  • Minor in Social Work

    Minor in Social Work

    Total Credits: 19

    Required Courses:

     (10 credits)

    SW 105 Introduction to Social Work

    3

    SW 204 Valuing Difference

    3

    SW 209 Practicum in Social Work Practice (includes internship experience)

    4

    Electives (select three courses from the following, at least
    one of which must be at the 300-level):

    (9 credits)

    COMM 258 Small Group Communication

    3

    COMM 316 Intercultural Communication

    3

    COMM 429 Advanced Video

    3

    CHEM/PSYCH 348 Drugs and the Brain

    3

    ECO/IS 214 The Global Economy

    3

    ECO/IS 227 Work in America

    3

    ECO/IS 334 Gender and Development

    3

    IS/PS 357 Human Rights in Comparative Perspective

    3

    HIST/PS 348 Poverty in America

    3

    PS 264 Public Policy Analysis

    3

    PSYCH 201 Developmental Psychology I

    3

    PSYCH 216 Developmental Psychology II

    3

    PSYCH 286 The Aged in Society

    3

    PSYCH 313 Group Dynamics

    3

    PSYCH/SOC 334 Death and Bereavement

    3

    SOC/PS 107 Introduction to Criminal Justice

    3

    SOC 201 Criminology

    3

    SOC 221 Social Problems

    3

    SOC 312 Family Diversity in America

    3

    SOC 324 Immigration and Its Impact

    3

    SOC 361 Cultural and Social Change

    3

    SOC 384 Valuing Difference II

    3

    SPCH 209 American Sign Language I

    3

    SPCH 309 American Sign Language II

    3

    Total Credits:

    19

  • Minor in Sociology

    Minor in Sociology

    Total Credits: 18

    Required Courses

    (9)

    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

    3

    SOC 204 Valuing Difference

    3

    SOC 330 Great Social Thinkers

    3

    Select three SOC electives, at least one of which must be at the 300-level

    (9)

    Total Credits:

    18