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Human Rights and Genocide Studies


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

McBride House 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

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About Human Rights and Genocide Studies

The program will emphasize the study of human rights and genocide as academic and practical pursuits and will aim to prepare students for graduate school, as well as career opportunities in international organizations, government, non-profits, multinational corporations, and the media. It will be firmly anchored in the belief that establishing legal frameworks in erecting viable international support systems represent the best hope that humankind has in preventing genocide, torture, religious persecution, and other assaults upon human dignity and rights.


Classes you can Take:

Paradigms of Genocide, Contemporary International Human Rights, Nationalism and Ethnicity, The Social Documentary & Human Rights Issues, Human Rights, Civil Rights, Social Inequality, International Migration & Human Rights, Human Rights in the Context of Law Enforcement

See Full Program Requirements

As with other minors, the Human Rights and Genocide Studies minor is intended to complement the disciplinary specialization and methodological training inherent in a major. Students will achieve the necessary background for eventual career and graduate study opportunities in advocacy organizations, journalism, teaching, policy analysis, or service in government and intergovernmental entities.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Historians$54,770 - $100,860
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$44,510 - $93,970
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary$39,470 - $170,920
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners$39,550 - $104,910
Human Resources Specialists$41,510 - $121,190
Labor Relations Specialists$19,240 - $196,560

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Students will achieve an understanding of the origins, theory and practice of international human rights and the treatment of genocide as a crime under international law. Linkages to human rights and genocide prevention organizations and agencies located in the New York metropolitan area will be developed. Students will be encouraged to understand and question the implementation of human rights and genocide prevention theories and policies, as well as to acquire practical work experience through internships and other experiential learning opportunities. The development of communication skills, foreign language proficiency, and participation in study abroad opportunities will be promoted and supported. Student-faculty research projects will be encouraged. Co-curricular opportunities related to human rights will be provided by SSHGS colloquia, guest lectures, and film screening, as well as by events organized by the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The Cahill Center will provide valuable assistance in developing meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students.