Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention - advanced certificate

The graduate certificate in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (GMAP) will educate and train students in the current range of practices designed to identify populations or groups at risk of mass political violence, and to intervene to prevent or reduce the risk of such violence.

This course of study informs practice through the application of the latest scholarship in areas such as the quantitative analysis of at-risk communities; how factors such as gender, climate change, political transitions and population flows contribute to risks for genocide and mass atrocities; and the role of governments, civil society actors and international bodies in effective prevention.

The certificate consists of four courses (13-16 credits depending on course selection) in each of which students must earn a grade of B or better. The courses include one required course (4 credits) and three additional courses, one selected (3-4 credits each) from each of three areas.

 No graduate record exam (GRE) is required for this certificate program.

Required foundation course 

  • PHIL 580K/PAFF 568 Essentials of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, 4 credits (offered every fall)

One course from Historical Examples of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

One of the following or other course approved by one of the GMAP co-directors:

  • HIST 501U, History & Memory (3-4 credits)
  • HIST 531, Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid (4 credits)
  • HIST 552F, Violence in Pre-Modern Era (4 credits)
  • HIST 552F, Race in Trans/National History (4 credits)
  • ANTH 572G, Human Migration & Disease (variable credits)
  • HIST 572G, Armenians & Kurds-Ottoman Empire (variable credits)

One course from Concepts, Actors and Institutions in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

One of the following or other course approved by one of the GMAP co-directors:

  • PAFF 555, International NGOs, (3 credits)
  • PLSC 663W: Human Rights and World Politics (4 credits)
  • PHIL 609, Transitional Justice (4 credits)
  • PLSC 663Q, Political Regimes & Transitions (4 credits)
  • AAAS 580I, Language, Power & Meaning (4 credits)

One course from Methods of Understanding Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

One of the following or other course approved by one of the GMAP co-directors:

  • PLSC 486A, Models of Violent Conflict (4 credits) [will be offered as a cross-listed graduate seminar in future]
  • ANTH 518, Ethnographic Analysis (variable credits)
  • PAFF 548A/NURS 540, Elem Epidemiology & Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • PAFF 523, Intro to Policy Analysis (4 credits)
  • GEOG 503A, Programming in GIS (4 credits)
  • GEOG 532, Introduction to Remote Sensing (4 credits)
  • ANTH 544, Methods in Forensic Anthropology (variable credits)
  • ANTH 572R, Epidemiology (variable credits)
  • ANTH 572C, Anthropological Approaches to Human Rights (variable credits)