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This Year’s Holocaust Courses & Certificate of Achievement in Holocaust Studies & Study Abroad

This Year’s Courses Related to the Holocaust

Fall 2019
Religion 374-0 Contemporary Religious Thought
God after the Holocaust
Sufrin, Claire

History 101-6-24 First-Year Seminar
History of the Self
Bates, Robin

Anthro 101-6-21 First-Year Seminar
Tourism of Trauma
Smith, Elizabeth

Winter 2020
History 203-3
Jewish History 1789-1948
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

History 349-0
History of the Holocaust
Frommer, Benjamin

History 393-0-22
Mass Violence
Ionescu, Stefan

Spring 2020
History 300-0-32
Comparative Genocide
Ionescu, Stefan

History 393-0-26
Gender, Race and the Holocaust
Cushman, Sarah

History 395-0-22
Holocaust Trials
Frommer, Benjamin

School of Education and Social Policy SESP 323
Holocaust Memory, Memorials, and Museums
Cohen, Danny Danny M.

Certificate Overview

The Certificate of Achievement in Holocaust Studies is a four-course, interdisciplinary certificate program open to undergraduate students in Northwestern undergraduate degree programs. This certificate allows students to study the Holocaust of European Jewry from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. For a list of certificate recipients, click here.


The Certificate of Achievement in Holocaust Studies is administered and awarded by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEF of NU) in consultation the Certificate Committee, which is composed of faculty who offer core and elective certificate courses.

Certificate Application and Award Process

In order to be admitted to the certificate program, students must fill out an application, including a plan of study, and meet with the Director of HEF of NU. Students who have already completed Holocaust-related courses can retroactively apply to count those courses towards the certificate. The certificate will be awarded once a student has completed all requirements. Please contact Sarah Cushman, Director of HEF of NU at

Required Courses (4)

To receive the certificate a student must earn a satisfactory grade (at least a C-) in 4 courses: the History of the Holocaust (HISTORY 349-0); 2 Holocaust Studies electives; and 1 Context Course elective. These 4 courses must be distributed between at least 2 departments or schools.

Core Course: History of the Holocaust (HISTORY 349-0)

All certificate students will be required to take History of the Holocaust in order to complete the certificate. This course will provide students with an in-depth analysis of the Holocaust as a historical event. This course is offered every academic year.

Holocaust Studies electives (Two Courses)

Students choose 2 Holocaust Studies courses. The following courses have been offered in recent years, but the list may change from year to year:

JWSH_ST 350-0 – Representing the Holocaust in Literature and Film
SESP 351-0 – Special Topics: Holocaust Memory, Memorials, and Museums
TEACH_ED 351-0 – Special Topics: The Holocaust and Education
HISTORY 392/GNDR_ST 382-0 – Gender, Race, and the Holocaust
HISTORY 101-6 – First-year Seminar: Collaboration, Complicity, and the Holocaust
ENGLISH 105-6 – First-year Seminar: Children and the Holocaust
HUM 301-0 – Justice for the Holocaust
HISTORY 392-0 – The Holocaust and Memory in the U.S.
RELIGION 339-0 – God after the Holocaust
PSYCHOLOGY 314 – Special Topics: The Holocaust – Psychological Themes & Perspectives

Context Course (One Course)

Students choose a course about Jewish culture, philosophy, or religion in pre-WWII Europe.

Summary of Requirements

4 courses, including:

(1) History 349-0

(2) Holocaust Studies Electives

(1) Context Course in Jewish Studies (pre-Holocaust)

At least 2 of the 4 courses must be at the 300-level or above.

At most 1 of the 4 courses can be completed outside Northwestern.

Certificate students are required to attend the annual HEF lecture each spring. Students submit a two-page response paper to within two weeks of the lecture.

Study Abroad

If interested in applying courses from a study abroad program to the Certificate, contact to meet with HEF Director, Sarah Cushman.  To apply and learn more about the study abroad programs and how it all works at NU, please visit The Global Learning Office.

Some Holocaust Studies and/or Genocide Studies Program Options:

If interested in additional opportunities, there may be Direct Enroll options that you may discuss with the Global Learning Office.