Student Resources

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

  • Minor in Human Rights
  • First-year Research in Human Rights (the Source Project)
  • Master 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 (when taught by Dr. Moore)
  • HMRT 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

Recent electives include courses on Human Rights and the War on Terror, Human Rights Activism, Mass Incarceration, Global Migration, Human Rights Advocacy at the UN, Gender and Politics, Human Rights in a Police State, Global Environmental Justice, Human Rights and Education, and many more. Select classes from many different departments on campus also count toward the minor. Contact Dr. Moore for a complete listing.

We typically offer online classes during the Winter and Summer sessions. 

Contact Alexandra Moore at amoore@binghamton.edu for more information.

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The Source Project :

First-year 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 first-year students without prerequisite.

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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, 2020, and 2021 research projects:

  • Anti-Trafficking Data Project (ATDP)
  • Technology and Human Rights
  • Climate Change and Human Rights
  • Asian Americans in Social Historical Contexts 
      • Expatriated American women
  • Vulnerability and Age-Friendly Communities
  • Contemporary Fascisms
  • Guantánamo and the War on Terror
  •  The Guantánamo Art Project
  • Human Sexualities Lab
      • Consent and Sexual Assault
      • Variations in Family Acceptance of LGBTQ People
  • Carceral Studies -- Local, National, and International Conditions of Confinement
  • Measuring Global Human Rights -- Using records of government human rights violations to predict mass atrocities and to measure horizontal inequality's affects on human rights
  • Contemporary Feminist Approaches to International Law
  • History of Indigenous Land Claims on BU Territory
  • Forced labor of Uyghurs in Xinjiang Province, PRC

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 suzylee@binghamton.edu

SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Contact Professor Alexandra Moore at amoore@binghamton.edu for additional information. 

Human Rights Quarterly

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

Location: Remote for now; otherwise, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio [the sponsor may be able to recommend housing].

Dates: Approximately June 1 to August 15

Stipend: $9/hr

To apply or if you have further questions, contact:
Professor Alexandra Moore, co-director, Human Rights Institute, Binghamton University, amoore@binghamton.edu

Required application materials

Cover letter
Resumé
Short writing sample (demonstrating research and writing skills)
Letter of reference from a faculty member or employer

Application deadline:
March 15, 2021

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 be a rising junior or senior and have a demonstrated interest in law and human rights, excellent research and writing/editing skills, and meticulous attention to detail.

Responsibilities:
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, approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F.

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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 in the Refugee 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. Interns receive training in the British legal system and refugee and asylum law. Responsibilities include interviewing clients, compiling personal statements, gathering research to document family ties, and working on applications to the British Home Office.

Location: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK or remote (TBD)

Duration: Will likely be remote in 2021. June 1 to July 10  (after a two-week online training module conducted).

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

Funding: Funding may be available to offset transportation, food, and lodging, if travel becomes possible. 

Application: There are two pathways to apply for this internship.

1) Current juniors and seniors may choose to apply through the Harpur Law Council Pre-Law Public Interest Summer Internship Program. See the program website for eligibilty requirements, applications, and information about the process. Harpur Law Council Summer Law Internship applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 2021, in Harpur Advising (Old Champlain 110). The selected student will receive funding through the Harpur Law Council.

2) Undergraduate and graduate students may also apply directly to Professor Moore. These positions do not have guaranteed funding, although applicants are encouraged to explore funding options through Harpur Edge and other campus resources. Completed applications will include:

Letter of interest

Résumé

Two faculty letters of reference

Transcript

Writing sample

The deadline for receipt of applications is March 15, 2021 to amoore@binghamton.edu.

For further information, contact Professor Moore at amoore@binghamton.edu

To read about student experiences in 2019, see this story in the BingU News:

Students Work to Reunite Refugees with Families

Collegiate Campus, Sheffield Hallam University

Division of Criminology, SHU 

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BINGHAMTON INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

In partnership with the American Civic Association in downtown Binghamton, the Human Rights Institute offers both credit- and non-credit bearing internships. 

Immigrant Legal Services Internship Program and Other Internships in Immigrant Services, Marketing and Events, Health and Community Outreach


The American Civic Association of New York (ACA) and Binghamton University’s Human Rights Institute (HRI) are pleased to announce the 2020 Immigrant Legal Services Internship Program.  Students will intern for the ACA and work in the ACA’s offices in downtown Binghamton. They will provide support of ACA staff in case work with the local immigrant community. Students will work closely with ACA staff and attorneys from Journey’s End, receiving training and experience in a range of different immigrants rights issues, including deportation defense, asylum petitions, protection of minor children and client-centered service provision.

We also welcome applications for internships in other areas of the ACA's work with the community, including marketing and events planning, information technology, immigration services, health and community outreach and refugee social services.

Applicants should have excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills, with a demonstrated commitment to immigrant or related human rights. The ACA is a small social services organization where client needs are complex and variable. Competitive applicants should demonstrate qualities necessary for success in this context: sensitivity, patience, flexibility and creativity. Fluency in languages other than English is preferred, though not required. Open to all graduate and upper-level undergraduate students. Priority will be given to students who are seeking a full-year placement to begin in January 2020.

To apply, send a focused cover letter, résumé and two letters of recommendation (these should be sent directly be recommenders) to Professor Moore at hri@binghamton.edu. Specify the term(s) for which you are applying.

Internships Terms:
Summer 2021
Dates may be negotiated, but a full summer commitment is preferred.

Optional academic credit: 1-4
Application deadline: March 15, 2021


Fall 2021
Aug. 24-Dec. 10
12 hours per week
Course credit: 4
Application deadline: April 15, 2021 

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Housing Rights Internship Program

The Broome County Land Trust (BCLT) and Binghamton University’s Human Rights Institute (HRI) are pleased to announce the 2020-21 Housing Rights Internship Program. Students will be placed in internships with the BCLT. They will assist an emerging community land trust, building community awareness and expanding organizational capacity, in order to provide community owned housing with a focus on racial justice. Students will work closely with BCLT staff and community organizers, receiving training and experience in a range of different housing rights issues, including historical and systemic racism in local and national housing, strategies and policies for racial justice in housing, and the intersectionality of housing, food access, and energy.

Applicants should have excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills, with a

demonstrated commitment to housing and racial justice or related human rights. The BCLT is a

small community-based organization where the needs of the community being served are

complex and variable. Competitive applicants should demonstrate qualities necessary for

success in this context: sensitivity, patience, flexibility, and creativity. Open to all graduate and

upper-level undergraduate students.

Internships Terms:

● Summer 2021

○ Dates negotiable (aaprox. June 1 to August 15)

○ Full-time commitment

○ Optional Academic Credits: 1-4

○Stipend

○ Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, academic transcript, and two academic

references (recommenders should submit their letters directly) to Prof. Suzy Lee at

suzylee@binghamton.edu. If you have questions, please contact Prof. Lee.

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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 and study abroad. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the Harpur Dean's Office for domestic programs and the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives for international placements..
 

Research Librarian

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

Student Organizations

Student Awards & Publications

  • Congratulations to Aliana Sheers on the publication of her essay, "Telltale Marks: Looking Beyond Censorship at Guantanamo," in Alpenglow vol. 6, issue 1 (2021).
  • Congratulations to HMRT 276 students Eliezer Ugarte, Dylan Fay, Alyssa Pugh, Veronica Rich, and Caroline Sandleitner whose work was published in the print edition of the Binghamton Law Quarterly, vol. 6, issue 2 (Spring 2020). See the electronic version of vol. 5, issue 2 for essays by HMRT 276 (spring 2019) students Kripa Mathew and Adrian Erazo.
  • First-Year Student Excellence Award for Research in Human Rights

2020-21 Winners

Johanna Seppala and Leah Wardlaw, "Hidden Behind the Veil of 'Social Responsibility': Forced Labor in Xinjiang" (Mentor, Dr. Laura T. Murphy)

Olivia Vinson, "The Literary Remnants of Torture: An Examination into the United States Censorship Regime" (Mentor, Dr. Alexandra Moore)

2019-20 Winners

Eliezer Ugarte, "Melting Glaciers Threaten Indigenous Andean Cultures" (Mentor, Dr. Ami Bar-On)

Caroline Sandleitner, "Girls' Right to Education in India: Bridging the Gap Between Intention and Implementation" (Mentors, Dr. Lourdes Peroni and Dr. Alexandra Moore)

2018-19 Winners

Jordan Hutt and Eliza Klingler, "Predicting Mass Atrocities"    (Mentor, Dr. 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.