The Holocaust and Genocide and Human Rights Studies major and minor offer students the study of government-sponsored crimes against humanity, the perpetrator state, the impact of extreme nationalism, and the media’s use in spreading racism and prejudice. Students examine the history of the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide, African history, law, literature, and film of the Holocaust and other genocides, political theory, and religion. The major and minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies offer students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the causes and consequences of past acts of genocide and consider human rights law to be a means of violence prevention. Completing the major or the minor helps students prepare for graduate studies in history, political science, law, literature, religion, and careers in social and governmental service.