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The Holocaust, 1933-1945, was a human disaster of unprecedented proportions. Mass murder by “lawful” decree reached extraordinary proportions when a faceless and mindless bureaucracy combined with passionate hatred to lay waste European Jewish culture and millions of its practitioners. As a result, concepts of civilization were undermined, cherished ideas such as rationalism and progress as the basis for societal conduct were challenged, and the power of the churches and their teachings were called into question. Intellect and goodwill accounted for little in the Nazi era.

The Holocaust Studies minor provides an opportunity to study the Holocaust and its impact on society. This enterprise must go beyond history and religion, because the Holocaust cannot be understood without knowledge of the dynamics of prejudice, of propaganda, of political and social organization, of social and psychological deviance, or of the history of Judaism and the Jewish people. Holocaust study is by its very nature interdisciplinary.

interdisciplinary, 6 courses
Two courses from Core Group 1, one course from either Core Group 1 or 2, and three other courses from either of the Core Groups or the electives. At least two of the courses must be from the social sciences and at least two from the humanities; no more than three of the courses may be from any one department.

Core Group 1
HIST 237 Europe Since the War
HIST 238 The World Wars in Global Perspective
HIST 272 Nazi Germany
REL 271 History of the Holocaust
REL 401 Literary and Theological Responses to the Holocaust

Core Group 2
ANTH 221 Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
GERE 201 Berlin: Sin City, Divided City
GERE 208 Guilt in German Literature
GERE 213 Border, Nation, Identity
HIST 276 The Age of Dictators
POL 180 Introduction to International Relations
POL 348 Racism and Other Hatreds
PSY 221 Introduction to Psychopathology
PSY 222 Developmental Psychopathology
REL 270 Modern Jewish History
REL 273 The Foundations of Jewish Thought
REL 276 History of Eastern European Jewry, 1648-1945
REL 278 Jewish Life and Thought in Modern Times
SJSP 100 Foundations of Social Justice
SOC 220 Social Psychology
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations

Social Sciences Electives
ANTH 205 Race, Class, Ethnicity
ANTH 211 Power, Protest, and Politics
ANTH 222 Native American Religions
BIDS 245 Men and Masculinities
POL 140 Introduction to Comparative World Politics
POL 215 Racial and Ethnic Politics
POL 243 Eastern Europe in Transition
POL 283 Terrorism
POL 348 Racism and Hatreds
SOC 224 Social Deviance
SOC 258 Social Problems

Humanities Electives
EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development
ENG 111 Experience of War and Literature
ENG 263 Jewish American Fiction
ENG 282 Film Histories II
ENG 283 Film Histories III
ENG 346 20th-Century Central European Fiction
HIST 283 South Africa in Transition
HIST 284 Africa: From Colonialism to Neocolonialism
HIST 300 Race and Violence in American History
PHIL 151 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: Crime and Punishment
PHIL 155 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: The Morality of War
PHIL 157 Ethical Inquiry: A Multicultural Approach
PHIL 159 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: Global Justice
PHIL 170 Philosophy of Human Nature
PHIL 234 Theories of Morality: Understanding Right and Wrong
PHIL 235 Morality and Self Interest in 20th-Century Culture
PHIL 236 Philosophy of Law
REL 108 Religion and Alienation in 20th-Century Culture
RUSE 203 Russian Prison Literature

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