University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    
    Nov 29, 2021  
University General Course Catalog 2021-2022

Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies, Minor


An 18-unit minor program in Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies (HGPS) is offered through the Gender, Race and Identity Program housed within the College of Liberal Arts.

The minor program in HGPS is designed to connect ideas and experiences by focusing on social, historical, philosophical, political, cultural and ethical issues in a wide variety of disciplines. Students are challenged to think critically and to examine the assumptions concerning issues of Holocaust, genocide and peace. All courses will have a strong writing and communications component. Specifically, courses in this minor will increase students’ understanding of the following:

  • How prejudice, hatred, and dehumanization policies originate and manifest themselves.
  • How such patterns become rationalized within individuals and in society.
  • How major social confrontations, conflicts, mass destructions, and genocides develop.
  • How to explore ways to resolve conflict.
  • How to nurture peaceful social and political relationships and encourage ethical decision-making.

Students enrolled in the minor program will be required to complete 18 credit hours:

  • Nine of these units must be completed in the required “core” courses
  • Nine further units must come from additional courses and special topics as specified below.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete a senior thesis/project (3+0) (3 units) in one of the participating departments or under the supervision of the Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies program advisor by using the independent studies option.

Contact Information


Gender, Race, and Identity Program
Thompson Building 106
(775) 682-6480

I. Program Requirements (18 units)


A. Required Core Courses (9 units)


B. Electives (9 units)


Students are to choose one three-unit course in each of the following categories. That choice will be modified if a student chooses a senior thesis project.

Group A (3 units)


 Origination, manifestation and rationalization of prejudice, hatred and dehumanization.

Group B (3 units)


 Examples of social confrontations, conflicts, mass destructions, and genocides.

Group C (3 units)


 Ways to resolve conflict; nurturing peaceful social, interpersonal, and political relationships; encouraging ethical decision-making.