Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice Minor

The minor in Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice prepares students to be engaged citizens, advocates, scholars, and leaders in a changing global society.

Historical black and white image of a Holocaust concentration camp with an Arbeit Macht Frei sign, and a recent photo of a protestor holding a sign that says Stop Killing of Rohingya Save Muslim Rohingya

This interdisciplinary minor in the Department of Teaching and Leadership provides a background in the Holocaust, other global atrocities and human rights violations, and efforts to confront the past and transform the future. Partnerships and courses from across the College of Arts & Sciences and the Syracuse University examine when, how, where, and why individuals and groups act as perpetrators, bystanders, and upstanders. You’ll also have an opportunity for some minor-appropriate courses and internships in Central Europe, Strasbourg, France, or Santiago, Chile. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.

Minor Requirements

The Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice minor requires 18 credits, including 1 required course on the Holocaust, several elective course options, and a capstone internship or project planned with your minor advisor. You’ll choose courses from sets in three areas: Atrocities/Genocides, Challenging Dehumanization, and Education and Social Justice. Classes come from departments across the university, including, but not limited to, Anthropology, Education, Social Work, Jewish Studies, Psychology, LGBT Studies, Geography, Political Science, Native American Studies, Religion, Sociology, English and Textual Studies, and History. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog

Declaring a Minor

If you are interested in declaring a minor, talk to your advisor in your home school or college to see if you have enough room for the courses, a minimum of a 2.8 GPA, and complete the Minor Declaration Form. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Services or the Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice minor program coordinator.

Program Contacts

Julia M. White, Program Coordinator