Beginning fall 2019, Western students can embark on a new field of study on the Bellingham campus: Holocaust and Genocide Studies. “Western is the first public university in the state with such a minor,” says Sandra Alfers, Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, where the new minor will be housed. “It is another major accomplishment for us. Western is clearly starting to address state needs, particularly in light of the recently amended Washington State Senate Bill 5612, which strengthens Holocaust Education in Washington schools, including the teaching of genocide and crimes against humanity.”
The new minor at WWU includes courses from six different disciplines and two colleges and combines historical understanding with a cross-disciplinary exploration of both the Holocaust and genocide. It will prepare students to be successful and engaged members of society and will enable them to learn the tools needed to work in and across disciplines to identify and creatively solve key societal problems, both local and global.
Please stop by our office in Wilson Library 571/572 for minor advising and your minor declaration. Beginning September 25, 2019, advising is available Wednesday’s from 1-4pm.
Stop by or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
- To learn more about the minor see our HGST Program Information 2019-2020
- To access the plan of study & worksheet and to learn when classes are being offered in 2019-2020 see our HGST Worksheet 2019-2020
- WWU Catalog – Holocaust and Genocide Studies Minor
Mark your calendars for October 17, 2019. when we will celebrate the official launching of the minor with a talk by Dr. Jim Waller (Keene State College), a widely-recognized teacher-scholar in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.