Columbia University has a unique international reputation earned through decades of highly respected training of human rights professionals, output of powerful and innovative research by faculty, and a commitment to the interdisciplinary study and practice of human rights.
ISHR was the first academic center in the world to be founded on an interdisciplinary commitment to the study of human rights and is renowned for bridging human rights scholarship and practice. As the focal point for the study of human rights at Columbia, ISHR is committed to promoting exceptional interdisciplinary education programs that draw on these strengths.
ISHR is directly responsible for three human rights education programs at Columbia University:
- Human Rights Studies Masters of Arts, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Undergraduate Human Rights Program, Columbia College and General Studies
- Summer Program, School of Continuing Education
ISHR also coordinates with other human rights programs and institutions to organize events, advise students and connect them to academic and professional human rights opportunities; and engage and support human rights faculty and scholars.