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Human Rights and Genocide Studies


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About Human Rights and Genocide Studies

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

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Career Opportunities

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
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary$39,470 - $170,920
Labor Relations Specialists$19,240 - $196,560
Lawyers$69,240 - Varies
Legal Support WorkersNo Salary Data
Political Scientists$86,010 - $165,570
Sociologists$50,350 - $171,080
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary Varies - Varies
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other$34,710 - $83,870

* 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

Hands-On Learning

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 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.

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