Student Resources

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

  • Minor in Human Rights
  • First-Year Research in Human Rights (the Source Project)
  • Master's of Science in Human Rights
  • Summer Internships in Human Rights (domestic and international)

Minor in Human Rights

Why add a Human Rights minor? If you are passionate about human rights and social justice, curious about how human rights laws and politics work both domestically and internationally, or want to learn more about a specific kind of rights violation, the human rights minor may be for you.

The minor can accompany any major. The program of study gives a firm grounding in the international human rights system and then allows you great flexibility in choosing electives according to your more specific interests. You're also welcome to do an internship or to use relevant study abroad courses to fulfill your requirements. The program ends with a 1-credit portfolio of your work for the minor and research and reflection about what it means for your future.

The minor in Human Rights requires 25 credit hours, normally fulfilled through six 4-credit courses and a final portfolio of coursework and a reflective essay. At least four of those courses must be completed at Binghamton University. Two of the courses can also count toward your major or another minor.

The following general distribution requirements will apply, and relevant classes will be posted on the Human Rights Institute website in the coming weeks:

● At least one course from the list of Core Course options
● No more than two courses at the 100-level
● At least two courses at the 300- or 400-level
● No more than one independent study
● 16 credits must be taken outside the requirements for the student's major or another minor
   (only two 4-credit courses can double count)
● No more than one class taken for a P/F grade option, in addition to the portfolio.
● The minimum requirement for all courses taken for a letter grade in the minor is C-.

Possible core courses include:

ENG 450: Human Rights in Literature and Film

HARP 176: Human Rights Concepts and Methods

HDEV or HMRT 342: Introduction to Human Rights: Theories and Practices

HDEV or HMRT 360: Global Politics and Human Rights

HDEV or HMRT 379: Migration, Citizenship, and Human Rights

HIST 333: Human Rights Since 1945

HMRT 276: Research in Human Rights (prerequisite HARP 176)

PHIL 456H: International Law and Justice

PLSC or HMRT 348: Human Rights and World Politics

PLSC or HMRT 389Z: Human Rights: Issues for Debate

Contact Alexandra Moore at for more information.

source project classroom

The Source Project :

Freshmen Research Program in Human Rights

What are human rights and where do they come from? How can studying rights violations help to build a better world? Start your academic career at Binghamton University by developing your research skills in Human Rights and exploring majors with human rights applications. This two-semester sequence will introduce first-year students to foundational histories and concepts alongside research methodologies drawn from social sciences and the humanities in human rights. We will look at the various ways scholars and human rights workers define research questions about Human Rights past and present and how research can be used to protect and promote human flourishing in difficult times.

Our first semester course, HMRT 176: Human Rights Concepts and Methods, will center around case studies that ask us to bring different research methods together to address specific violations. Students will conclude the semester by designing their own research projects within the Human Rights Institute. In the second semester, students in HMRT 276: Research in Human Rights will have the opportunity to work individually or in groups with faculty members in the human rights Institute who are engaged in a wide range of human rights problem solving. Not only will students participate directly in ongoing research projects, they will also learn about different ways of disseminating and applying their research to reach diverse audiences. The program's courses will also count toward the human rights minor for students who are interested.

This course sequence counts toward Global, Humanities, and Social Sciences General Education requirements and is open to all freshmen without prerequisite.


Project Leader: Alexandra Moore, professor of English and co-director of the Human Rights Institute, will lead the program. Moore publishes widely in contemporary literary and visual representations of torture, enforced disappearance, incarceration, gendered rights violations, child soldiers, humanitarian interventionism and related topics. She also works with torture survivors and those fleeing political persecution.

Spring 2019 research projects:

  • Anti-Trafficking Project (ATP)
  • Asian Americans in Social Historical Contexts 
      • Expatriated American women
      • Indian and Korean American World War One veterans
  • Vulnerability and Age-Friendly Communities
  • Fascism
  • The Guantánamo Art Project
  • Human Sexualities Lab
      • Consent and Sexual Assault
      • Variations in Family Acceptance of LGBTQ People
  • Carceral Studies -- Conditions of Confinement
  • Measuring Global Human Rights
      • Using records of government human rights violations to predict mass atrocities

MS in Human Rights 

The Master of Science (MS) in Human Rights, offered through the Department of Human Development at Binghamton University, is a rigorous, innovative graduate program that provides students with the tools to change the world.

The MS in human rights offers professional training for interdisciplinary, applied research and practice in human rights, with a focus on community-level engagement.

See the program page for more information — MS in Human Rights — or contact Suzy Lee, assistant professor of human development, at


Contact Professor Alexandra Moore at for additional information.

Human Rights Quarterly

Intern at one of the world's leading human rights journals! Academic credit is possible, but not required.

Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio

Tuesday, May 28 to Wednesday, July 31, 2019

To apply or if you have further questions, contact:
Prof. Alexandra Moore, co-director, Human Rights Institute, Binghamton University,

Application deadline:
February 15, 2019

Overview and Required Skills:
Human Rights Quarterly is the world's pre-eminent human rights journal. Published quarterly, it features cutting edge human rights research written by experts from around the world. The journal is renowned for rigorous fact-checking and readability (it is written for both specialists and nonspecialists). During the academic year, law students perform the fact-checking duties and assist with production. Professor Bert Lockwood, Editor-in-Chief of HRQ, has invited one Binghamton University undergraduate to intern over the summer. This is a tremendous opportunity for an advanced undergraduate who is interested in law, human rights, and/or publishing. The intern will have direct experience producing a leading human rights journal, develop excellent research skills, and develop expertise in a particular human rights topic.

The selected student will have a demonstrated interest in law and human rights, excellent research and writing/editing skills, and meticulous attention to detail.

The student will be assigned an article. The student will be trained and will read the article and check every source for accuracy (ordering books and finding on line sources). The student will do light editing (many of the authors are not native English speakers). The student will work with a team of other students, and they have plenty of time together for camaraderie and to share questions. The internship will take place during normal business hours, M-F, approximately 9 am to 5 pm.

Sheffield Hallam University, Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Sheffield, UK

The law clinics at Sheffield Hallam University will welcome at least two Binghamton University students as unpaid interns this summer. Placement will be primarily in the Refugee and Family Reunification Clinic. Under guidance of the clinic's lead attorney and professional staff, interns will work directly with clients with refugee status who are seeking to reunite with their families. The clinic works closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross and has helped reunite over 100 families to date. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Help Desk at the local courthouse where they will assist an attorney who staffs the desk to provide guidance for those forced to navigate the legal system on their own.

Location: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Duration: Approximately six weeks in country over the summer after a two-week online training module conducted.

Housing: Housing is available in the dorms for about $200/week.

Funding: Funding may be available to offset transportation, food, and lodging. 

Application: Apply through the Harpur Law Council Pre-Law Public Interest Summer Internship Program. Applications now closed.

For further information, contact Professor Moore at

Collegiate Campus, Sheffield Hallam University

Division of Criminology, SHU 

For the HRQ internship, students who wish to participate in an internship and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain internships. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the Harpur Dean's Office.
For the international program in Sheffield, students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that this may impede your ability to study abroad. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the office of International Education and Global Initiatives.

Research Librarian

If you need assistance with your human rights research, Ben Andrus ( of the University Libraries can help. 

Student Organizations

Funding Opportunities 

  • First-Year Student Excellence Award for Research in Human Rights

2018-19 Winners

Jordan Hutt and Eliza Klingler, "Predicting Mass Atrocities"    (Mentor, Prof. David Cingranelli)

  • Graduate Excellence Award for Research in Human Rights

(coming soon)

Online Tools

Human Rights Studies Online
(to access, sign in through your Binghamton PODS account):
A research and learning database providing comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. Includes approx.150 hours of video.