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

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.

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 launching a Minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies (HGHRS).

An interdisciplinary program which integrates scholarship and practice, the HGHRS 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 has already attracted 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 Humanities and the College of Natural 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)

HUM/SSC 301: The Holocaust--from Prejudice to Genocide (3 credits)
HUM/SSC 367: Genocide in Our Time (3 credits)
HON 330: Service Learning Project/Internship in HGHRS (3 credits)

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

Arts and Humanities
ENG 331: African-American Literature
ENG 375: Contemporary Latin-American Literature
ENG 470: Literature of the Holocaust
HTY 341: History of American Slavery
HUM 122: Native American Cultures
HUM 350W: Franco-Americans—Cultural Identity in Context
HUM 389: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in American Culture
HUM 389: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Studies
PHI 351: Biomedical Ethics
WST 101: Introduction to Women’s Studies

Social Sciences
COM/SOC/SSC 250: Intercultural Communication
PSY 342: Psychology of Genocide Survival
PSY 415: Cross-cultural Psychology
SSC 450: Conflict Resolution
SOC 201: Social Problems
SOC 340: Sociology of Minorities

Dual designations
HUM/SSC 302: Transformation of Modern Jewry since 1492
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.

Courses being developed
HTY 394: Ideologies of Evil—The Holocaust and Genocide in History
HTY 389: Modern German History
HTY xxx: History of Human Rights (to be proposed as a foundation course)
HTY xxx: History of Human Rights in Maine
HTY xxx: Israel-Arab Conflict—an Historical Perspective
HUM xxx: Memoir, Memory, and Trauma
PSY/SSC xxx: Violation of Human Rights and Trauma

Read the 2011 Summer and Fall Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights course list (PDF document)

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