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Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (GMAP) Minor

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention offers a minor in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (GMAP). The GMAP minor allows students to combine and supplement their major curricular requirements with a closely integrated set of undergraduate courses exploring the historical, conceptual, and practical issues and challenges surrounding the prediction and prevention of mass atrocities globally. This interdisciplinary minor encourages students to: 1) study historical and contemporary instances of genocides and mass atrocities from a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches; 2) gain familiarity with the basic political, moral, and legal concepts and theories by which we understand the origins, characteristics, and context of real and threatened atrocities; and 3) explore deeply and critically current approaches for identifying risk factors for impending atrocities, deploying a spectrum of mechanisms designed to mitigate such risks, and assessing the degree of success of those mechanisms. Declared GMAP minors who have completed at least three courses, including the required course, are eligible to apply for a Bloom Family Summer Internship Scholarship of up to $7,000 for a GMAP-focused placement.

The GMAP minor requires six courses, including a core course and courses drawn from three distribution categories.

  • The core course is GMAP 480 (cross-listed with PHIL 480 and CCPA 480B): Essentials of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. (Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Offered every spring semester).
  • At least one course from each of the three categories:
    • GMAP 281, 381 or 481 Historical and Contemporary Studies
    • GMAP 282, 382 or 482 Concepts and Theories
    • GMAP 283, 383 or 483 Practices and Methodologies
  • The remaining two courses can be drawn from any of the three categories.

The following additional conditions apply:

  • At least four of the six required courses must be upper-division.
  • No more than one 200-level course may count towards the minor.
  • No more than two courses from the GMAP minor may count toward a student's major.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses applied to the GMAP minor.
  • Students interested in the minor must be advised by one of the Institute's co-directors for the purposes of course selection and declaring the minor.
  • A GMAP-focused internship or education-abroad experience, including one supported by the Bloom Family Summer Internship Scholarship program, can count for 1-6 credits.

As of 2020, the following classes are recognized as meeting the requirements of the three GMAP categories. Additional courses will be added as appropriate. In consultation with one of the GMAP co-directors, students may receive permission to substitute alternative courses in any of the three areas.

(A) Historical and Contemporary Genocide and Mass Atrocity Case Studies Courses (GMAP 281, 381 or 481)

  • AAAS 282Q Migration and Human Rights in Korea and Japan
  • AAAS 454 Unresolved Issues: Wars in Asia
  • AAAS 480S Contemporary Facism
  • COLI 380B Holocaust Literature
  • COLI 483C Specters of War and Colonialism
  • GERM 380P War Stories
  • GMAP 281A The Nazi State
  • GMAP 481A/AAAS 454 Unresolved Issues: Wars in Asia
  • HIST 285H Anti-Semitism in History
  • HIST 381 Borderland - East Central Europe
  • HIST 484K Gandhi and Violence
  • JUST 345/HIST 345A The Holocaust
  • PLSC 380A Political Violence in Latin America
  • SOC 300 Genocide: Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • SOC 302 Sociology of Latin America
  • WGSS 382D Human Trafficking in History

(B) Concepts and Theories Courses (GMAP 282, 382 or 482)

  • ANTH 480G Global Social Movements
  • ARAB 480C War Crimes and Global War
  • GMAP 382B/HDEV 379 Migration, Citizenship, and Human Rights
  • GMAP 482B/GMAP 482C/HDEV 400 Social Justice
  • HDEV 351/LACS 380G/WGSS 382C Forms of Global Violence
  • HDEV 342 Intro to Human Rights Theory and Practice
  • HIST 333 Human Rights Since 1945
  • PHIL 456 Refugees
  • PHIL 456B Violence, Non-Violence, and War
  • PHIL 458 Foundations of International Law
  • PHIL 486 War and Terrorism
  • PLSC 380D International Organizations
  • PLSC 380N Introduction to Human Rights
  • PLSC 380S Causes of Civil War
  • PLSC 380T Dynamics of Civil Wars
  • PLSC 380Y Why Foreign Policies Fail
  • PLSC 485O Human Rights and Oppression
  • PLSC 486C Terrorism
  • PLSC 486L Crisis, Development, and Human Rights
  • PLSC 486W Repression, Regime Type and International Relations
  • PLSC 486Z Security, Peace and Conflict
  • SOC 326 Global Criminal and Social Justice
  • UNIV 280D.Global Entrepreneurship

(C) Practices and Methodologies Courses (GMAP 283, 383 or 483)

  • AAAS 380M/HIST 380M/HDEV 361 Global Migration Flows and Processes
  • AFST 450 Global Health
  • CS 447 High Performance Computing
  • ECON 314 Economy of Developing Countries
  • GEOG 465 Remote Sensing and GIS
  • GEOG 482 Race, Ethnicity, and Location
  • GMAP 383B/HDEV 365 Psychology of Racism
  • GMAP 483A Building Public Memory
  • HDEV 387A Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • HIST 286 Gender, Genocide, and Humanitarian Aid
  • HIST 480U/AFST 480M History and Memory
  • MATH 247/CS 207 Introduction to Data Science
  • NURS 335B Forensic Health of Victims
  • PHIL 457 Transitional Justice
  • PLSC 380C Conflict Resolution
  • PLSC 389Z Human Rights: Issues for Debate
  • PLSC 486Y Foreign Intervention Problems
  • SOC 305 Social Research Methods

Students interested in declaring the minor should complete the "Add/Drop GMAP Minor Form" online. Once the form is received, I-GMAP will contact them about setting up an advising appointment with either co-director.