Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Concentration

Haverford’s concentration in Peace, Justice and Human Rights offers students from all majors the unique opportunity to study human rights and justice at a College known for its longstanding commitment to both. Interdisciplinary and global in approach, our program encompasses study of the history and philosophy of human rights as well as analysis of real-life issues related to peace and justice.

The concentration is greatly enhanced by an array of College-wide resources that explore and further human rights and social justice—among them, an active roster of visiting speakers and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, which enables students to participate in internships and other social justice opportunities across the country and the globe.

Curriculum & Courses

Each student pursuing the concentration organizes their academic program around a region, concept, or a particular substantive problem relevant to the study of peace, justice, or human rights.

Concentrators must complete three core courses: an introductory class covering the history and philosophy of human rights; a 200-level course surveying ethical thinking and introducing the philosophy of law; and a capstone course connected to a particular human rights theme.

The three required electives are chosen with the help of the program director and can be classes based in a wide range of departments. We strongly encourage students to combine courses in creative ways to reflect their unique goals and interests.

  • Concentration

    The concentration combines three core courses with three elective courses focused on a particular theoretical problem, geographical region, or comparative study. Ideally, students meet with the director in the spring of their sophomore year to work out a plan for the concentration.

    Core Courses

    We require all concentrators to take three core courses:

    • PEAC H101 (Introduction to PJHR)
    • PEAC H201 (Applied Ethics of PJHR)
    • PEAC H395 (Capstone Seminar in PJHR)

    Alternate courses may on occasion fulfill a core requirement.


    We require students to take three additional elective courses for the concentration.There is no set list of courses, which “count” as electives; instead, we ask students to design a thoughtful focus for their work, and choose courses in consultation with the concentration director, working out a plan that focuses the concentration regionally, conceptually, or around a particular substantive problem. A course does not have to have “peace” or “justice” in its title or content to count toward the concentration. The aim is to articulate a focus that helps each student pursue their interests in PJHR.

    The concentration may overlap with students’ majors by one or two courses—any course could potentially count toward two programs. (For instance, for political science majors with a concentration in PJHR and a focus on questions of sovereignty, POLS H266 could fill requirements in both political science and PJHR.) Such overlap is a possibility, not a requirement. Each student works out a plan of study appropriate to their focus with the concentration director. No more than two of the six credits for the concentration may come from institutions outside of the Bi-Co, and all credits from outside of the Bi-Co should be proposed to the director for approval.

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