Aug 14, 2022
The Holocaust and other genocides are studied to enhance our understanding of the society from which we came, the society in which we live, and the society to which we currently are giving shape. By studying the Holocaust and genocide, we learn about collusion and resistance; about the hot violence of mass murder and the cold violence of the modern, bureaucratic machinery of death; and about suffering and adaptation to suffering. We learn how societies disintegrate, step by step, and how ordinary men, women, and children both participate in and are affected by this disintegration. We learn, in short, a tremendous amount about what we need to know now to help us make the world a better place, wherever we might be.
The undergraduate concentration in Holocaust and Genocide Studies provides students with solid grounding in this interdisciplinary field. Students take a series of courses in a variety of disciplines to ensure a critical and sophisticated understanding of the various facets of these atrocities. The undergraduate program of study encompasses history, sociology, political science, geography, international development, psychology and literature.
For more information, please visit the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Department’s website.
Total of six courses from at least three different departments. The courses include a core requiremnt, four electives, and a capstone seminar. (If students take more than one capstone, then the additional seminar will count as an elective.) It is expected that concentrators will fulfill their requirements in consultation with the HGS advisor.
1. Select one of the following two core requirements:
2. Choose four of the following electives:
3. Choose one of the following capstone seminars:
*Note: If students take more than one capstone, then the additional seminar will count as an elective.
Taner Akçam, Ph.D.
Anita Häusermann Fábos, Ph.D.
Thomas Kuehne, Ph.D.
Ken MacLean, Ph.D.
Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D. - Director
Robert D. Tobin, Ph.D.
Johanna Ray Vollhardt, Ph.D.
Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Frances Tanzer, Ph.D.
Courses offered within the last two academic years
- CMLT 109 - Human Rights and Literature
- GEOG 090 - Native Americans, Land and Natural Resources
- GERM 250 - German Film and the Frankfurt School
- HIST 118 - Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1918
- HIST 130 - Introduction to History of Genocide
- HIST 133 - Women during the Holocaust
- HIST 135 - History of Armenia
- HIST 153 - Europe in the Age of Extremes: the 20th Century
- HIST 162 - The History of the Modern Middle East 1800 -1925
- HIST 165 - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
- HIST 175 - Holocaust: Agency and Action
- HIST 230 - The Topics in Armenian Genocide
- HIST 234 - History of Racism in Modern Europe
- HIST 236 - Gender, War and Genocide in 20th Century
- HIST 237 - The Holocaust Perpetrators
- HIST 252 - The Holocaust Through Diaries and Letters
- HIST 259 - Special Topics in European History
- HIST 260 - Rescue and Resistance During the Holocaust
- HIST 262 - Genocide, Denial, Facing History and Reconciliation
- HIST 268 - Special Topics:
- HIST 276 - Collective Memory and Mass Violence
- HIST 279 - Massacres, Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention: Western Powers in the Balkans and the Middle East
- HIST 366 - Refugees
- ID 105 - Visualizing Human Rights: Culture, Law, and the Politics of Representation
- ID 243 - Seeing Like a Humanitarian Agency
- ID 291 - Displacement and Development in the Contemporary World.
- IDCE 327 - Visualizing Human Rights: Culture, Law, and the Politics of Representation
- JS 174 - The Jewish Experience
- PSCI 093 - International Human Rights
- PSCI 146 - The United Nations and International Politics
- PSCI 214 - Mass Murder and Genocide Under Communism
- PSCI 240 - Human Rights and International Politics
- PSCI 289 - Advanced Topics in International Relations - Capstone Seminar
- PSYC 225 - Research on Collective Victimization and Oppression
- PSYC 264 - Social and Cultural Psychology of Genocides
- SOC 130 - Genocide