Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies offers students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the causes and consequences of past acts of genocide and to consider human rights law as a means of violence prevention. The program is administered through the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.

The study of government-­sponsored crimes against humanity, the perpetrator state, the impact of extreme nationalism and the use of the media in spreading racism and prejudice, requires a multidisciplinary approach. The certificate accordingly draws on faculty trained in different disciplines and fields of expertise, including the history of the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide, African history, law, public health, literature and film of the Holocaust and other genocides, political theory, and religion.

The program also introduces students to the various institutional means available for the prevention of genocide and other crimes against humanity, for the cultivation of good relations among ethnic, racial, national, and religious groups and the effective management of tensions among them, and for the promotion and protection of human rights.

The principal objective of the certificate is to provide the student with the intellectual tools to analyze the multifaceted social, economic, cultural, civil, and political components of society under genocidal regimes, under repressive governments with poor human rights records, and the closely interconnected domestic and international environments in which such regimes operate. Further, the student develops proficiency in analyzing government-citizen relations, including the extent to which individuals, societies, and domestic and international NGOs can intervene to promote and protect human rights and prevent genocide.

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies helps students to prepare for graduate studies in history, political science, law, literature, and religion, in addition to careers in social and governmental service.

For more information on the graduate program please contact Professor Tim Longman.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the history, ethics, law, and/or public health analysis of the Holocaust, comparative genocides, and/or human rights;
  • Demonstrate and understand the analysis of the Holocaust, comparative genocides, and/or human rights from at least two disciplinary perspectives; and
  • Demonstrate the capacity to complete a substantial research project on issues related to the Holocaust, comparative genocides, and/or human rights.


  • Students must successfully complete at least 16 credits of coursework (four standard courses) that have a significant focus on human rights, comparative genocide, or Holocaust studies. At least one course must be taken in Human Rights and one course in Holocaust & Genocide Studies.
  • Students seeking a certificate must take courses in at least two departments or colleges.
  • Students must demonstrate research competence by completing a significant research project such as an MA thesis, PhD dissertation, or two substantial research papers for graduate-level seminars.
  • Students are expected to consult with the director of Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights at the beginning of their studies to ensure that they develop a coherent course of study. The director will provide final approval to students who have completed the requirements for the certificate.

Pre-Approved Courses

Human Rights:

  • GRS HI746–History of International Human Rights
  • LAW JD 843: International Human Rights Clinic: Human Rights Advocacy
  • LAW JD 975: International Human Rights Clinic
  • LAW JD 991: International Human Rights
  • SPH LW 740: Health and Human Rights
  • SPH LW 840: Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights

Holocaust and Genocide Studies

  • CAS HI543–The Prevention of Genocide
  • GRS HI780–The Armenian Genocide
  • GRS RN 684/STHTX 884: The Holocaust
  • GRS RN 685/STH TX 899: Representations of the Holocaust in Literature and Film
  • GRS RN 759: Primo Levi and Holocaust Literature
  • GRS RN 760/STH TX 805: Holocaust Studies
  • GRS RN 739/STH TX 859/SPH LW 739 Jewish Bioethics and the Holocaust

Other Electives

School of Law

  • LAW JD 877: Civil Rights Litigation
  • LAW JD 817: Human Trafficking Clinic: Adv. Advocacy Seminar
  • LAW JD 875: Public Interest Law
  • LAW JD 882: Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program: Core Lawyering Skills
  • LAW JD 922: Race, Gender, and Crime School of Public Health
  • SPH MC 775 Social Justice and the Health of Populations: Racism and Other Systems of Oppression in America

School of Theology

  • STH TR 830: Values and Practices in Developing Healthy Communities
  • STH TS 877 The Principles & Practices of Restorative Justice
  • STH TS 800 International Conflict and Ministry of Reconciliation

College of Arts and Sciences

  • CAS HI 698/GRS AA 871 –African American History
  • CAS PO 508: The Judiciary and Civil Liberties
  • CAS PO 555: Nationalism in Post-­‐Soviet Eurasia
  • GRS PO 760: Issues Problems in African Politics: Transitional Justice