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Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts and Humanities

Students examine both the Holocaust and the broader topic of genocide. The graduate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is prepared to support curriculum development in the social studies and history, may pursue careers in social and governmental service, and may take a teaching certificate in elementary, special, or secondary (social studies) education. The major also prepares students for graduate studies in history as well as Holocaust and genocide studies, and for other post-graduate work, such as law and policymaking.

The program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is rooted in the conviction that the Holocaust was a cataclysmic episode in the course of Western history, impacting culture, society, politics, ethics, science, and religion; indeed, no discipline in the academy is untouched by its shadow. In a world still tormented by mass murder and genocide, the program also rests on the moral imperative that learning from both the past and present may serve as a basis of hope for the future. The HGS program combines historical background with an interdisciplinary exploration of the Holocaust and other genocidal events through film, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, religious studies, women's studies, and other offerings. By understanding such issues as prejudice, discrimination, and racism, students are equipped to analyze contemporary political situations, think critically about ethical responsibility, and respond actively to injustice.

Students selecting a Holocaust and Genocide Studies major are required to complete 36 credit hours in the field, 16 of which (i.e., four courses) are specified below. Of the remaining 5 course electives (20 credits), one must be a Holocaust elective (4 credits) and one must be a genocide elective (4 credits), as designated by course title or description (see below). Three of the five electives (12 credits) must be at the 300-level or higher.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Language Requirement

Each student must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English as specified by the Language Requirement for Students with Majors in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Major Requirements

Holocaust and Genocide Studies (16 credits)

  • IIHGS 155 Introduction to Holocaust & Genocide Studies
  • IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 The Holocaust
  • ISHGS 274 Comparative Genocide
  • HGS 495 Seminar

ELECTIVES

20 credits

Of the remaining five courses (20 credits), one must be a Holocaust elective (4 credits) and one must be a genocide elective (4 credits), as specified by course title. Three electives (12 credits) must be at the 300 level or higher.

Holocaust-Specific Electives

  • IHHGS 251/IHENG 251 Literature of the Holocaust
  • IIHGS 254/IIWGS 254 Women in the Holocaust
  • HGS 290 Special Topics (Holocaust must be specified in course description)
  • 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 390 Studies (Holocaust must be specified in course description)
  • HGS 490 Advanced Special Topics (Holocaust must be specified in course description)
  • HGS 494 Senior Honors (Holocaust must be specified in course description)
  • HGS 497 Internship (Holocaust must be specified in course description)
  • HGS 498 Independent Study (Holocaust must be specified in course description)

Genocide-Specific Electives

  • IIHGS 181 Crisis and Conflict in Africa
  • IIHGS 281 Peace Studies
  • HGS 290 Special Topics (Genocide must be specified in course description)
  • HGS 327/SOC 327 Sociology of Genocide
  • IHHGS 381 Human Trafficking Across the Globe
  • HGS 382 Transitional Justice
  • HGS 390 Studies ( Genocide must be specifies in course description)
  • HGS 427/SOC 427 Rwandan Society and Genocide
  • HGS 490 Advanced Special Topics (Genocide must be specified in course description)
  • HGS 494 Senior Honors (Genocide must be specified by course title)
  • HGS 497 Internship (Genocide must be specified in course description)
  • HGS 498 Independent Study (Genocide must be specified in course description)

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
  • HIST 351 Imperial Germany
  • IHHGS 355 Religion and Violence
  • HGS 373/HIST 373 Race, Disability, and Eugenics

Certification as a Social Studies Teacher

Holocaust and Genocide Studies is an approved major for students seeking Secondary Social Studies Certification. Students will need to take the following additional Certification requirements:

Dual Major in Education

  • Secondary Education

Additional Major Requirements

IHHIST 161 American Encounters to 1877
IHHIST 162 American Encounters from 1877
IHHIST 111 The Ancient and Medieval World
IHHIST 112 The Modern World
ISECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
PSYC 101 General Psychology

Select one of the following:

  • ISGEOG 101 World Regional Geography
  • ISGEOG 201 Geography for Teachers

Select one of the following:

  • 100- to 200-level course in Sociology
  • ISANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology

Select one of the following:

  • ISPOSC 210 U.S. Politics
  • ISPOSC 220 Global Politics

Degree Requirements

120 credits