Interdisciplinary Minor in Resistance to Genocide

To resist genocide effectively, we need to understand its history — the factors that have brought it about and those that have enabled people to prevent, resist or recuperate from mass violence. This interdisciplinary minor draws upon USC faculty in 11 academic units researching the causes, results and representations of attempted genocide as well as resistance to genocidal mass violence. Courses include attention to different definitions of genocide, its occurrence around the world and its representation in literature and the arts.



The minor requires five courses (20 units), with at least four at the upper-division level. As with all minors,students must choose at least four courses (16 units) outside their major department and four courses (16 units) that are not being used to satisfy any other subject requirement.


Lower-Division Requirement

Choose one course (four units) from the following list:

List A

JS 211 The Holocaust 

POSC 248 International Human Rights  

POSC 260 Global Ethnic Politics 


Upper-Division Requirement

Choose four courses (16 units) from the lists below, at least one from each list:


List B — Representations of Genocide

COLT 485 The Shoah (Holocaust) in Literature and the Arts 

ENGL 444 Native American Literature 

FREN 373 Remembering Loss, Writing a Memory 

ITAL 352 The Holocaust in Italian Fiction and Film  

JS 362 Terror and Resistance in Literature and the Media 

MUSC 430 Music and the Holocaust 


List C — The Reality of Genocide

ANTH 357 Culture of Genocide 

HIST 323 The Holocaust in 20th Century Europe 

HIST 428 Life and Death in Nazi Germany 

IR 313 Religions and Political Violence 

MDA 330 The Armenian Heritage: History, Arts, and Culture 

POSC 366 Terrorism and Genocide 

PSYC 453* Intergroup Relations 


List D — Capstone Courses: Resisting Genocide

HIST 444 Mass Violence and Comparative Genocide in Modern World History 

HIST 446 Resistance to Genocide 4


*Prerequisite: PSYC 355

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