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Holocaust and Genocide Studies Certificate

Holocaust and Genocide Studies Certificate

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies Certificate program is designed to provide students a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary foundation in the study of the Holocaust and related fields of genocide, antisemitism and prejudice, and historical trauma. Through a flexible and student-centered course of study beginning with a foundational course in the Holocaust and including a wide variety of elective classes to choose from in history, cultural studies, philosophy and ethics, literary and film studies, and political science, students will be exposed to a diversity of approaches to understanding and interpreting mass eliminationist violence in human history.

Course Requirements for the Holocaust and Genocide Certificate

Students enrolled in the Certificate program will take at least 12 credits, usually four courses, choosing from an approved list. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the certificate program.

Introductory Course (3 Credits)

  • JST/HIST 121: History of the Holocaust
    • TuTh 9:05-10:20 – Kobi Kabalek

Supporting Courses (9+ Credits)

  • JST/CMLIT/ENGL 128N: The Holocaust in Film and Literature
    • MoWeFr 1:25-2:15 –  Bettina Brandt
    • MoWeFr 11:15-12:05 – Will Weihe
  • GER/RUS 143: The Culture of Stalinism and Nazism
    • WEB
  • HIST 153: Native American History
    • TuTh 10:35-11:50 – Julie Reed
  • JST/HIST 195 (GER 123): Genocide in Global Perspective
    • TuTh 12:05-1:20 – Kobi Kabalek
  • JST/HIST 426: Holocaust
    • MoWeFr 1:25-2:15 – Tobias Brinkmann
  • JST/PLSC 450H: Genocide and Tyranny
    • TuTh 10:35-11:50 – Zaryab Iqbal
  • JST/RLST 478: Ethics After the Holocaust
    • TuTh 12:05-1:20 – Nicolas de Warren
  • PLSC 451: The Politics of Human Rights
    • MoWeFr 11:15-12:05 – Cyanne Loyle

Additional courses, including study abroad programs, transfer credits, and possible independent study projects, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Certificate approval completion form