Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Minor
School of Arts and Humanities

20 credits

The minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies combines historical background with an interdisciplinary exploration of both the Holocaust and genocide through film, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, religious studies, and other offerings. The following curriculum will help students develop a firm knowledge of the Holocaust as an event and an understanding of its precipitating factors and legacy. With a deeper awareness of such issues as prejudice, discrimination, and racism, students should be better able to analyze contemporary political situations and think critically about ethical responsibility.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

8 credits

IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 The Holocaust
IIHGS 255 Genocide

ELECTIVES

12 credits

Of the remaining three courses (12 credits), one must be a Holocaust elective (4 credits) and one must be a genocide elective (4 credits), as specified by course title. Two courses (8 credits) must be at the 300 level or higher.

Holocaust-Specific Electives

4 credits minimum

  • IHHGS 251/IHENG 251 Literature of the Holocaust
  • IIHGS 254/IIWGS 254 Women in the Holocaust
  • HGS 290 Special Topics 1
  • HGS 313/PHIL 313 Philosophy and the Holocaust
  • HGS 326/SOC 326 Sociology of the Holocaust
  • HGS 340 Film and the Holocaust
  • HGS 353/HIST 353 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • IHHGS 356 The Holocaust and the Christian World
  • HGS 490 Advanced Special Topics 1
  • HGS 494 Senior Honors1
  • HGS 495 Seminar 1
  • HGS 497 Internship 1
  • HGS 498 Independent Study 1

Genocide-Specific Electives

4 credits minimum

  • HGS 290 Special Topics 2
  • HGS 327/SOC 327 Sociology of Genocide
  • HGS 374 Comparative Genocide
  • HGS 427/SOC 427 Sociological Topics in Genocide
  • HGS 490 Advanced Special Topics 2
  • HGS 494 Senior Honors2
  • HGS 495 Seminar 2
  • HGS 497 Internship 2
  • HGS 498 Independent Study 2

Other Electives

  • IHHGS 189 Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • IHPHIL 220 Ethics
  • PHIL 231 Comparative Religion
  • IHHGS 232 Introduction to Judaism
  • IHHGS 233 A History of the Jews
  • IHHIST 253 The Second World War
  • IHHGS 355 Religion and Violence
  • HIST 351 19th-Century Germany
  • HGS 373/HIST 373 Race, Disability, and Eugenics

1 Holocaust must be specified by course title.
2 Genocide must be specified by course title.