The School of Humanities offers a wide variety of courses that focus on, or include, issues related to the Holocaust. Some are offered every semester, while others vary from year to year, or by instructor:
HIST 144, The World at War, 1939-1945 (GH, IL) (offered alternate years): significant attention to racism and the Holocaust as aspects of the Second World War, particularly in German-ruled Europe, but also as manifested in other countries (e.g., anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and the U.S., where it was an obstacle to Jewish immigration).
HIST 121, History of the Holocaust (offered every semester) the basic Holocaust survey course. Students learn about the incremental steps taken by the Nazis to disenfranchise, ghettoize, and eventually exterminate the Jews of Europe (1933-45).
CMLIT 153.02, Holocaust Literature and Film (semester offerings vary by instructor), Students compare and contrast American and European films with Holocaust themes. The course examines how the events are depicted and wrestle with issues concerning trivialization and accuracy. As there seems to be no abatement of interest in the subject, a discerning moviegoer needs to understand the limitations inherent in the subject matter, given the fact that the Holocaust generally "defies the probings of art."