Holocaust and Genocide Studies Minor (HGST)

HGST Minor Students

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies program offers courses 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 Covid Recovery Status 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 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


Prof. Sandra Alfers Email for Appointment


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

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.


Sandra Alfers

Professor of German
MH 215E & WL 571

Rachel Anderson Paul

Visiting Assistant Professor
AH 413

Sarah Zarrow

Associate Professor, Endowed Chair of Jewish History
BH 352