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Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies

The Holocaust. The Killing Fields. Darfur. Why do such instances of genocide re-occur throughout history? Why do so many people close their eyes to what is happening around them? What can we do to prevent such atrocities? UMA’s new Minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies examines these critical questions, seeking to provide students with the insight and understanding necessary to help us avoid such acts of human calamity today and in the future.

A Minor concentration open to students of any major – Offered on the Augusta campus

When the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine moved onto UMA’s Augusta campus in 2007, it afforded a unique opportunity for the university to expand its programming in a field of study where the issues could not be more important, pressing and relevant. As part of this expansion of program offerings, UMA is now offering a Minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies (HGH).

An interdisciplinary program which integrates scholarship and practice, the HGH minor encourages students to examine genocide and human rights within their historical and cultural contexts, to understand the causes of genocide, and to consider how to create an environment of tolerance in their world.

A collaborative initiative, the program draws upon the resources of other academic institutions, the community and human rights groups, state and local government, and most especially, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine.

Housed in the beautiful Klahr Center that graces UMA central Green, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine’s on-site presence has enabled UMA to forge a new and exciting partnership that continues to attract national and international speakers, lecturers, and experts. UMA is, in fact, the only university in the United States that offers a minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights that also has an Holocaust and Human Rights focused center right on its campus.

Minor in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies

UMA’s Minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies is jointly administered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Students in any major can elect to pursue the minor.

Program requirements are nine credits of foundation courses, including a service learning course or internship, and nine credits of electives.

Requirements (9 credits):

HGH 301: The Holocaust–from Prejudice to Genocide (3)
HGH 367: Genocide in Our Time (3)
HON 330: Service Learning Project/Internship in HGH (3)

Electives (9 credits—from at least two different disciplines):

Arts and Humanities

AME 201w: Introduction to American Studies
AME/WGS 305: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in American Culture
ENG 331w: African-American Literature
ENG 375w: Contemporary Latin-American Literature
ENG 470: Literature of the Holocaust
HTY 341: History of American Slavery
HUM 122: Native American Cultures
WGS/HUM 310w: Intro to LGBT Studies
HUM 350w: Franco-Americans–Cultural Identity in Context
PHI 351: Biomedical Ethics
WGS 101w: Introduction to Women’s Studies

Social Sciences

HUS/JUS/SSC 364 Human Rights Violation
PSY 342 Psychology of Genocide Survival
PSY 415 Cross-Cultural Psychology
SSC 450 Conflict Resolution
SOC 201 Social Problems
SOC 340 Sociology of Minorities

Other courses with a focus in the holocaust, genocide, or human rights will be considered as electives. Approval of the advisor and the relevant dean is required.

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