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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 3, 2011

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College of New Jersey will offer a new minor in Human Rights and Genocide studies beginning in Fall 2011, making it possible for students to prepare themselves for graduate school as well as career opportunities in international organizations, government, non-profits, multi-national corporations, and the media.

The result is an initiative spearheaded by School of American and International Studies members Dean Hassan Nejad, Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Director Michael A. Riff, and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies  Rebecca Root. The program is a multi and interdisciplinary effort anchored in the belief that establishing legal frameworks and erecting viable international support systems represent the best hope that humankind has in preventing genocide, torture, religious persecution, and other assaults upon human dignity and rights.

Linkages to human rights and genocide prevention organizations and agencies located in the New York metropolitan area will be developed. Student-faculty research projects and participation in study abroad experiences will be encouraged. Co-curricular opportunities related to human rights will be provided by AIS colloquia, guest lectures, and film screenings, as well as by events organized by the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The following courses that are part of the program will be offered in the Fall 2011 Semester:

CNTP 308, The Social Documentary and Human Rights Issues, with Professor of News/Documentary Production Marta Bautis

HIST 264, Jews in 20th Century Europe, with Director of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Michael Riff

HIST 288, Women in Middle East Societies, with Assistant Professor of History Pinar Kayaalp

HIST 329, Paradigms of Genocide, with Director Riff

INTL 337, Human Rights in Latin America, with Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies Rebecca Root

LAWS 206, Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights, with Assistant Professor of Law and Society Mihaela Serban

LITR 366, Literature and the Holocaust, with Professor of Literature Peter Scheckner

PHIL 333, Ethics, with Associate Professor of Philosophy Lisa Cassidy

SOCI 202, Social Inequality, with Professor of Sociology Martha Ecker

SOCI 215, Sociology of Race Relations, with Associate Professor of Sociology Erin Augis

SOCI 250, International Migration and Human Rights, with Professor of Political Economy Behzad Yaghmaian

SOCI 302, Third World Women, with Associate Professor Augis

For more information about the Minor in Human Rights and Genocide Studies visit:


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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