Humanitarian Action Minor

For an 18-credit minor in Humanitarian Action, students complete the following:

Introductory Foundation Course
Select one of the following:3
Ethics of Humanitarian Action
History of Global Humanitarian Action
Politics of Humanitarian Action
Context and Analysis Courses
Select two of the following:6
Ethical Dimensions of Global Business Practices
Ethics of War and Peace
Refugees and Culture
Health Economics
Literature of the Holocaust
Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Global Crises
Finding Answers
International Human Rights
Introduction to Global Public Health
Introduction to International Relations
African Politics
United Nations Security Council Crisis Simulation
Humanitarian and Disaster Response Field Training
Climate Change: International Policy and Politics
International Law
Threats to Global Security in the 21st Century
Border Politics
International Human Rights
Political Violence
Gender, War, and Peace
Introduction to International Migration
Skills and Methods Courses
Select two of the following:6
Grant Writing for the Social Sciences
Theory and Practice in Anthropology
Crisis Communication
Grant and Proposal Writing
Emerging Questions
Humanitarian Action Internship
Justice and the Developing World
International Law
Managing Non-Profit Organizations
Humanitarian and Disaster Response Field Training
Liberation Theology
HUAC 4999Humanitarian Action Capstone3
Total Credits18

Students have the option of choosing from one of three foundational courses in ethics, history and politics that introduce humanitarian action. Each course covers the core material through different disciplinary approaches.

In addition to one foundational course, students must complete four elective courses. These electives are divided equally among context and analysis and skills and methods. Context and analysis courses cover topics such as international organization, global public health, gender, war and peace, genocide, human rights, global security, historical perspectives on contemporary crises, border politics, migration, refugees and climate change.

To satisfy the two remaining electives in skills and methods, students may choose from a range of courses in such fields as anthropology, communication, management, law, information systems and grant writing. Elective offerings also include courses in international operations of non-profits, engineering, and field research courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Students may also count the successful completion of a humanitarian action internship as one of the two skills and methods elective requirement.

Students may double-count one context and analysis elective and one skills and methods elective from another major/minor. With the director’s approval they may substitute an alternative course for the skills and methods requirement.

The culminating experience for the Humanitarian Action minor is the Capstone Seminar.

Consult with the director or associate director for additional information.