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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.

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 University examine when, how, where, and why individuals and groups act as perpetrators, bystanders, and upstanders. You’ll also have an opportunity to study abroad 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.

Students may also be interested in the Spector/Warren Fellowship for Future Educators.

Tayla Myree on a canal bridge in vienna“The Atrocity Studies minor equipped me with analytical skills that I needed in order to think critically about genocide and its impact—not only on minority communities but societies as a whole. I am now a master’s student at Central European University continuing research on Romani people and Afro-Germans during the Holocaust I started at Syracuse. If you want to truly challenge yourself academically and have a strong interest in human rights, this minor is for for you.”
—Tayla Myree ’20

Taylor Krzeminski in poland“I chose to minor in Atrocity Studies once I returned from studying abroad in Wroclaw, Poland. While abroad, I learned about the intersections of civil society, education, and atrocity prevention. As an international relations major, I felt a lot of pressure to be involved with the government to somehow make a difference. The classes in this minor, as well as faculty support, helped me better understand the career possibilities for advocacy and social justice—and left me feeling well-rounded and knowledgeable.”
—Taylor Krzeminski ’20

Minor Requirements

The Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice minor requires 18 credits, including 1 required course on the Holocaust and several electives, and a capstone internship or project planned with your minor advisor. You’ll choose electives from sets of courses in three areas: Atrocities/Genocides, Challenging Dehumanization, and Education and Social Justice. Class options come from departments across the university, including Jewish Studies, Psychology, LGBT Studies, Geography, Political Science, Native American Studies, and History. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

Declaring a Minor

If you are interesting 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 Contact

Julia M. White, Assistant Professor
jmwhit02@syr.edu|315.443.2685
Julia M. White