May 21, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Holocaust and Genocide Studies Minor

Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University Interdisciplinary Programs

24-25 credits


This minor combines historical understanding with a cross-disciplinary exploration of both the Holocaust and genocide. Students studying the Holocaust and genocide from a variety of disciplines will learn the tools to analyze, understand, and differentiate their underlying complexities and to work towards their prevention. Historical understanding, cultivation of critical consciousness, cultural and linguistic competencies, ethical awareness as well as political acumen are synonymous with effective leadership and engaged citizenship in a diverse campus community and a democratic society. Thus, the minor will serve to give greater prominence on our campus to the relationship between the lessons derived from the Holocaust and contemporary global challenges.

Why Consider a Holocaust and Genocide Studies Minor?

The minor provides a solid foundation for further study of mass atrocities present and past, including the Holocaust. It prepares you to be knowledgeable, successful and engaged members of society, and will enable you to work in and across disciplines to identify and creatively solve key societal problems, both local and global. Western Washington University is the only public institution in the state of Washington with a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

 Contact Information

Director of the Ray Wolpow
Institute for the Study
of the Holocaust, Genocide,
and Crimes Against Humanity

Dr. Sandra Alfers
Wilson Library 572

Administrative Assistant of the
Ray Wolpow Institute for the
Study of the Holocaust, Genocide,
and Crimes Against Humanity

Sheila Pennell
Wilson Library 571

 Sample Careers

The minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies provides students with a solid foundation in the study of mass atrocities past and present to pursue careers in fields such as teaching, psychology, international law, policy development, and law enforcement. After completion of the minor, students will also be better equipped to pursue graduate work in history, memory studies, trauma studies, film, literature, languages, political science, journalism, law, and education.

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Advisement for the minor is available through the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. Advisors are Sandra Alfers, Wilson Library 572, 360-650-7786, and Sheila Pennell, Wilson Library 571, 360-650-7737. Students who wish to declare a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies are required to register with the Ray Wolpow Institute office in Wilson Library 571/572.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.