Aug 08, 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.
Benjamin Korstvedt Ph.D.
Thomas Kuehne, Ph.D.
Ken MacLean, Ph.D.
Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D. - Director
Frances Tanzer, Ph.D.
Robert D. Tobin, Ph.D.
Johanna Ray Vollhardt, Ph.D.
Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Courses offered within the last two academic years
- CMLT 109 - Human Rights and Literature
- GERM 250 - German Film and the Frankfurt School
- GERM 286 - German-Jewish Culture and Modern Multiculturalism
- HGS 220 - Genocide and Civil War in the African Great Lakes Region
- HGS 225 - Genocide Prevention and Conflict Transformation
- HGS 265 - Special Topics in Holocaust
- HGS 268 - Special Topics in Genocide
- 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 165 - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
- HIST 175 - Holocaust: Agency and Action
- HIST 230 - The Topics in Genocide in Comparative Perspective
- HIST 236 - Gender, War and Genocide in 20th Century
- HIST 237 - The Holocaust Perpetrators
- HIST 259 - Special Topics in European History
- HIST 261 - Borderlands: Violence and Coexistence
- HIST 262 - Genocide, Denial, Facing History and Reconciliation
- HIST 276 - Collective Memory and Mass Violence
- HIST 279 - Massacres, Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention: Western Powers in the Balkans and the Middle East
- ID 105 - Visualizing Human Rights: Culture, Law, and the Politics of Representation
- ID 243 - Seeing Like a Humanitarian Agency
- ID 291 - Refugees, Forced Migration, and Belonging
- IDCE 327 - Visualizing Human Rights: Culture, Law, and the Politics of Representation
- JS 174 - The Jewish Experience
- MUSC 219 - From Wagnerism to Nazism: the grandeur and catastrophe of German music
- 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 287 - Refugees, Migrants, and the Politics of Displacement
- 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