Holocaust and Genocide Studies Minor (HGST)

Group of students holding up yellow cards, stand in front of the fountain in Red Square.

Now in its third year, the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program continues to expand course offerings from six different disciplines, two colleges and combines historical understanding with a cross-disciplinary exploration of both the Holocaust and genocide. It prepares 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.

Sandra Alfers
Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.

“Western is the first public university in the state with a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies,” says Sandra Alfers, Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. “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.”

Program Information

Visit Western's Catalog page on Holocaust and Genocide Studies Minor for current course requirements and electives.

We encourage our students to regularly check Western's Coronavirus Information website for updates regarding remote learning during COVID-19. 

How to Declare a Minor

There are no prerequisites for declaring the HGST Minor.

Fill out the Minor Declaration e-form and send it to akinrib@wwu.edu.

Advising

Advisors are available to assist you with questions about the content of the minor and course planning/sequencing.

Advising Appointments

Until further notice, all advising appointments will be held via Zoom or Teams. To schedule a virtual advising appointment see below:

Advising Links
Advisors Contact Information
Prof. Babafemi Akinrinade

Teams/Zoom

Prof. Sandra Alfers Email for Appointment


Graduation Procedure for Minor Evaluations

Please contact Prof. Akinrinade for a minor evaluation two quarters prior to graduation. Provide your name and W# with your request and within 2-3 weeks, you will be contacted with your complete evaluation.

Faculty

Babafemi Akinrinade

Associate Director, RWI Professor of Human Rights
FA 337

Rachel Paul

Visiting Assistant Professor
AH 413

Sarah Zarrow

Associate Professor
she/her
BH 352