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HOLC 3042: Literature of the Holocaust (3 cr.)
A study of selected fiction, poetry, and drama depicting the human experience of the Holocaust, 1933-1945, and its continuing significance.  The central question to be examined in this course is how genocide, the ultimate atrocity, can be transformed into art. 

HOLC 3035: The Third Reich (3 cr.)
This course will examine the origins of Hitler's Germany and the consequences of his ambitions for a Thousand Year Reich.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the psychopathology of fascism, including the doctrines of racial purity, which led to the Holocaust, as well as Hitler's ambitions for world domination. 

HOLC 3036: The Holocaust and Film (4 cr.)
One of the most effective ways in which the memory of the Holocaust has been kept alive has been through its portrayal on film.  One might argue that a whole genre of film has emerged, devoted to the examination and remembrance of the Holocaust, from Alan Resnais's early documentary, Night and Fog, to Steven Spielberg's commercial feature, Schindler's List.  This course will study the evolution of that genre and the changing nature of the Holocaust's portrayal. 

HOLC 3037: The Holocaust and Culture (3 cr.)
Discussion will focus on three questions.  First, how did Western culture contribute to the attempt to exterminate the Jewish people that was carried out from 1933 to 1945?  Second, what support can culture, especially literature and the arts, offer to the attempt to live in awareness of that event?  Third, are the cultural factors that contributed to the Holocaust still active today?  (Fall)

HOLC 3095: Race, Religion, and Culture (3 cr.)
The purpose of this course is to examine the complex interplay between race, religion, and culture in a variety of contexts in the Western hemisphere.  The course includes an examination of the impact of racism and sexism on religious practice. 

Related courses
Other courses are listed under Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the course schedules that appear before registration each semester.  Students completing a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies may also propose that one related course be counted toward their program with approval of the Chair.  Internships and independent studies are encouraged.  Related courses could include many offerings from the Department of History in the European or African areas; Philosophy courses dealing with the problem of evil or ethics; Political Science or Sociology courses dealing with race or genocide; and World Religions courses that provide background or a context for research on the Holocaust or genocide.