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 and to pursue careers in social and governmental service. The major also prepares students for graduate studies in history, as well as Holocaust and genocide studies, and for other postgraduate work, such as law.
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, and that there is no discipline in the academy un-touched 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 program combines historical background with an interdisciplinary exploration of both the Holocaust and other genocidal events through film, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, religious studies, women's studies, and other offerings. With an understanding of 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, 12 of which (e.g., three courses) are specified below. Of the remaining six course electives (24 credits), one must be a Holocaust elective (4 credits) and one must be a genocide elective (4 credits), as designated by course title (see below). Three of the six electives (12 credits) must be at the 300 level or higher.
44 credits minimum
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.
HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE STUDIES12 credits