University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    
    Jun 24, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies, Minor


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Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies is an 18-unit interdisciplinary minor housed within the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI). Focusing on social, historical, philosophical, political, cultural, and ethical issues in a wide variety of disciplines, courses in the HGPS minor examine origins and manifestations of prejudice, hatred, and dehumanization policies; causes and impacts of oppression, structural violence, social and political conflicts, colonization, war, mass violence, and genocide; intersectional methods for fostering justice, sustainable peace, equitable social and political relationships, and ethical decision-making; legal, ethical, and humanistic frameworks for recognizing and resisting authoritarianism and dehumanization policies; recovery, remembrance, and post-genocide reconstruction; and the origins and applications of international human rights instruments in the pursuit of peace. The Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies minor provides an expressly interdisciplinary environment for learning, drawing widely on academic traditions in the social sciences and the humanities. Students gain tools to critically analyze and engage our world and to enact change in their communities and professions in local and global contexts.

Contact Information


Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI)
Thompson Building 106
(775) 682-6480
https://www.unr.edu/gender-race-identity

College of Liberal Arts Student Center
Thompson Building 101
(775) 682-8745
https://www.unr.edu/liberal-arts/student-resources/academic-advising

I. Program Requirements (18 units)


Students must complete 18 units in courses relating to Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies emphasizing historical, contemporary, and intersectional implications and causes of systemic dehumanization, structural and overt violence, oppression, war, colonization, and genocide, with a focus on reconstruction, recovery, resistance, social justice movements, and fostering sustainable peace.

  • Minor GPA | 2.0
  • Minor Upper-Division Units | 9
  • Minor Residency Requirement | 6 Upper-Division Units in the minor at UNR
  • Unit Overlap Limits: Per College of Liberal Arts policy, no more than 9 units counted toward any major may be reused to meet the requirements of this minor.
  • Courses taken through USAC and other approved study abroad programs may be used to complete the minor (with advisor approval).

Core Courses I (3 units)


Minors must earn a “B-” or better in the following course:

Electives (9 units)


  • Among the 9 units of electives, 6-9 units must be from Group 1, and 0-3 units from Group 2. 
  • Where courses are crosslisted with GRI, HGPS, or WMST, students are encouraged to enroll in the GRI, HGPS, or WMST side of the course.
  • Students are encouraged to speak to the HGPS advisor if they encounter a special topics class that is relevant to the minor.

Group 1 Electives: HGPS Focused Courses (6-9 units)


These courses place a central focus on critical issues in Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies, and include interdisciplinary, local, and global analyses of the origins of violence, systemic dehumanization policies, war, genocide, slavery, colonization, oppression, racism, international human rights frameworks, and fostering justice and peace, and/or center the perspectives of individuals and groups most directly impacted by genocide, war, colonization, slavery, and structural violence. Students are encouraged to focus on HGPS topics in their research or other final projects for these courses.

Group 2 Electives: Contextual Courses (0-3 units)


These courses consider issues relevant to Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies in broader contexts. Students are encouraged to focus on HGPS topics in their research or other final projects for these courses.

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