2021-2022 Course Catalog

Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies

This minor offers students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary learning about past and present acts of genocide, with an emphasis on human behavior and human rights, considering ways that the Holocaust continues to shape responses to human rights violations locally and globally.


+Minor Requirements

SSC121 Introduction to Genocide Studies

Through scholarship, survivor testimony, and film, this course introduces the study of genocide, examines specific cases, and considers strategies to intervene before persecution escalates to genocide.

HIS224 The Holocaust

This course surveys the destruction of two-thirds of European Jewry during World War II. Through a close reading of primary texts and secondary sources, it explores the foundations and development of Nazi policy toward the Jews. The course documents the reactions of Jews, European peoples and governments, the U.S. people and government, and various churches and political movements.

HIS202W Modern Europe

The impact of World War I on Europe, the crisis of democracy and rise of totalitarian ideologies in the interwar period, and the decline of European influence in the world after World War II provide the focal points of the course. It then explores the slow resurgence of Europe, prospects for European unity, and revived European influence in international relations as a "third force."

HIS270 U.S. and the Holocaust

This course examines the US and the Holocaust in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The primary focus is on developments in the US such as antisemitism, response to the rise of Hitler, knowledge of the Holocaust, and important decisions by national leaders.

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POL302 Ethnic Conflict

This course is designed to introduce students to theories about the sources of nationalist and ethnic conflict and strategies that have been used to manage these conflicts. In the first part of class we will examine sources of ethnic identity and how governments have attempted to reinforce or deemphasize those identities. Second, we will examine how domestic factors have and have not worked to suppress ethnic conflict. Finally, we will examine how the international community or other third parties have attempted to bring about the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

CRM362 What is Evil?

This course will utilize an interdisciplinary framework (criminology, sociology, psychology, history, political science) to examine definitions of "evil," motivations to commit "evil" actions, social reactions to "evil," and control of "evil."

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ENG446 Wilderness and Literature

Through close reading of poetry and prose, students will explore the relationship between wilderness and literature - both representations of the natural world and what Stanley Kunitz calls "your wilderness . . . the untamed self that you pretend doesn't exist, all that chaos locked behind the closet door, those memories yammering in the dark." Writers examined include: Anne Carson, Mark Doty, Kathleen Hill, and Virginia Woolf.

EDU4XX Teaching the Holocaust