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Center for the Study of Global Change

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Graduate Minor Director

Hilary E. Kahn

Graduate Faculty

Courses which meet the criteria of the Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies are taught by faculty from across the university.

Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies 

Conventional definitions of nations and even entire world regions as discrete and bounded systems are becoming increas­ingly blurred as profound and powerful trends transform the globe. The Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies enables the inter­disciplinary study and critical analysis of issues and problems that transcend national boundaries and world areas such as global environmental sustainability, universal human rights, cyber security, transnational criminal organization, the study of the emergence of constitutional democracies in transitional societies, global humanities, minority linguistic and cultural right world-wide, and many other issues, topics, or problems of global interest.

Course Requirements

Each student’s program is developed individually, in consulta­tion between the student, the major advisor, and the director of the Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies. One core course, GRAD I701 Issues and Approaches to Global Studies, is required. Four additional elective courses, drawn from at least two different disciplines and reflecting a coherent and purposive thematic approach to the global issues or issues to be dealt with, will be selected, with the advice and approval of the advisors and the Global Studies Ph.D. Minor Advisory Committee. A capstone project—whether a specific course, an international internship, international field work, a substantial paper, or a question on the student’s qualifying examination in the major depart­ment—completes the minor, for a minimum of 15 credit hours.

Foreign Language Requirement

To be an effective researcher and instructor in global affairs, minors should possess strong foreign language skills in at least one modern language. Minors must demonstrate foreign language competency at a level determined by the student’s approved program of study. Testing will be administered by the appropriate foreign language department or area studies program.


Although a 3.7 or higher GPA in Global Studies courses would normally exempt the student from having to take a written comprehensive examination, the final decision regarding a qualifying examination rests with the student’s doctoral field advisor and the Global Studies Director. Students who opt for the qualifying examination to satisfy their capstone project are required to take a written comprehensive examination regard­less of their GPA.

Ph.D. Minor in Human Rights

The Ph.D. Minor in Human Rights has four areas of emphasis. The minor is:

  • GLOBAL. Its approach recognizes the discourse and practice of human rights have international, global, regional, and local components. The minor requires students explore the intersection of global and local contexts at the heart of human rights discourse.
  • MULTIDISCIPLINARY. The minor takes a holistic and multidisciplinary approach, asking students to be aware of how law, cultural values and practice, social and political institutions, national and supranational bodies, and policy interact, integrate, and conflict with one another to create an international human rights regime and the discourse and practice surrounding it.
  • APPLIED AND THEORETICAL. The program’s approach is appropriate for students enrolled in the professional schools and in the humanities. It is applied as well as oriented to research and theory.
  • CREATING AN INFRASTRUCTRE OF HUMAN RIGHTS STUDY. The minor allows students to access resources and learning opportunities in the form of a coherent and flexible program of study. Indiana University-Bloomington has faculty expertise in human rights research, students with research interests in human rights and resources, and courses devoted to the field of study. This minor will provide an opportunity to coordinate these assets in a consistent, integrated program.

Course Requirements

The Ph.D. Minor in Human Rights consists of five classes totaling fifteen credits. All students are required to take A Multidisciplinary Graduate Seminar in Human Rights (I-705) and two classes totaling six credits from a list of core courses that privilege the learning objectives of the minor in their content. Two elective courses totaling six credits are also required.  Elective courses have been determined in consultation with faculty who teach the courses and after review of class syllabi. By minor completion, students will have completed coursework in three academic areas beyond their own disciplines. Students are also allowed to request other course options, in consultation with their advisors and the Human Rights Minor Director.

I-705 Human Rights Multidisciplinary Graduate Seminar (3cr.)
The GRAD Gateway course will be offered through the Graduate School. It has a global focus and takes a multidisciplinary approach to the topic of human rights. This is in the process of being approved.

Required Core Course: Anthropology (3 cr.)

  • Anthropology of Human Rights ANTH-E600

Required Core Course: Law (3 cr.)

(One of these two Law courses are required):

  • International Human Rights LAW-B793
  • Seminar in Human Rights LAW-L793

Two Electives (6 cr.) Selected from list available on minor website

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