Human Security

Important to Note:

  • The Human Security field of study requires the completion of a minimum of three course credits from the list below.
  • Students have the option of completing additional courses to receive a Certificate in Human Security.
  • As a reminder, please note:
    • A course may be counted for credit in only one Field of Study.
    • In those cases where a course is listed in more than one Field of Study, the student may choose the Field of Study in which it is to be credited.
    • Courses, however, may be used to meet both Divisional Breadth requirements and Field of Study requirements simultaneously.
  • Faculty Supervising this Field of Study: Professor Eileen F. Babbitt; the Faculty Supervising this Field of Study for PhD Comprehensive Exams: Professor H. Zeynep Bulutgil


ILO L210 International Human Rights Law
ILO L211 Current Issues in Human Rights
ILO L214 Transitional Justice
ILO L250 Law and Development
[ILO L252] Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies 
DHP D220 Processes of International Negotiation
DHP D221 International Mediation
DHP D223

Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution

[DHP D225]

Conflict Resolution Practice
[DHP D228m] Protracted Social Conflict: Dynamics and Major Issues and Possible Consequences
DHP D230 Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies
DHP D231
Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies
++DHP D232 Gender, Culture & Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
✧DHP P201 Comparative Politics
DHP P222 Development Aid in Practice
++DHP P227 Advanced Development and Conflict Resolution
EIB E240 Development Economics: Macroeconomic Perspectives
EIB E241 Development Economics: Policy Analysis
EIB E247 Econometric Impact Evaluation for Development
EIB B243 Market Approaches to Economic and Human Development: Reaching the Base of the Economic Pyramid Through Social Enterprise

PhD students offering the Human Security field of study are required to take this course.

* This course is required for constitution of the field.
++ Any one of these courses may be used as the required course in the field.
+ Any one of these courses may be used as the second required course in the field.
[ ] Bracketed courses are those not offered 2013-2014.
Unless otherwise indicated, students need three course credits to complete a field of study. Modular courses count as one-half credit and if listed in a field, two must be taken to complete one course.

Professors with expertise in the field

Research Centers

  • The Institute for Human Security
  • Refugees and Forced Migration Program

Student Thesis

Where Peace Begins: The Role of Local People and Communities in Transforming Economies of War (MALD 2010)

When Do We Get to Peace? Patterns of Gender-Based Violence in Post-Conflict Liberia (MALD 2009)

Achieving Complex National Security Missions: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Design and Management of Collaborative Institutions (MALD 2009)

If We Could Hear & Read Their Stories: A Comparative Analysis of Perpetrator Patterns & Community Responses to Sexual Violence in Liberia & Eastern (MALD 2008)

Violence Prevention Through Bodybuilding (MALD 2008) 

Towards a Framework for Culturally-Sensitive Psychosocial Interventions in the Population of Internally Displaced Sudanese (MALD 2008)