Official Catalogue Listing

Please click below to view the Resistance to Genocide Interdisciplinary Minor requirements in the official University Southern California Catalogue.

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.

Course Requirements

The minor requires five courses (20 units); at least four must be 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 (4 units) from the following list:

List A

  • JS 211gw The Holocaust Units: 4
  • POSC 248gw Human Rights Units: 4
  • POSC 260 Global Ethnic Politics Units: 4

Upper-Division Requirements

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 Units: 4
  • ENGL 444m Native American Literature Units: 4
  • FREN 373g Remembering Loss, Writing Memory Units: 4
  • ITAL 352 The Holocaust in Italian Fiction and Film Units: 4
  • JS 362 Terror and Resistance in Literature and the Media Units: 4
  • MUSC 430m Music and the Holocaust Units: 4

List C — The Reality of Genocide

  • ANTH 357g Cultures of Genocide, Cultures of Care Units: 4
  • HIST 323 The Holocaust in 20th Century Europe Units: 4
  • HIST 428 Life and Death in Nazi Germany Units: 4
  • IR 313 Religions and Political Violence Units: 4
  • JS 315g Anti-Semitism, Racism and Other Hatreds Units: 4
  • MDA 330 The Armenian Heritage: History, Arts, and Culture Units: 4
  • POSC 366 Terrorism and Genocide Units: 4
  • PSYC 453 Intergroup Relations Units: 4 *

List D — Capstone Courses: Resisting Genocide

  • HIST 444 Mass Violence and Comparative Genocide in Modern World History Units: 4
  • HIST 446 Resistance to Genocide Units: 4
  • IR 437 Comparative Genocide Units: 4


*Prerequisite: PSYC 355