Genocide and Human Rights


The Certificate in Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR) is broad in its conceptual scope, methodology and focus. It examines, from a comparative and global perspective, organized violence intended to destroy particular groups of people. It pays particular attention to the similarities and differences in the causes and patterns of these forms of state-sanctioned violence against groups and the effects they have had on the memory and mental health of the surviving victims and perpetrators. It will also assess how the societies in which these type of violence occur address those painful memories through measures aimed at seeking justice and reconciliation. In concept and objective, this certificate goes beyond the study of wholesale or partial extermination of groups (genocide). It incorporates the study of systemic and systematic abuses of fundamental human rights which often constitute the precursors of genocide. These forms of violence include enslavement; organized lynching of groups; systemic rape of women in conflict situations; political mass murder; ethnic cleansing; and forced deportations aimed at dehumanizing and undermining the survival of target groups. This certificate is an intellectual inquiry into human behavior and the ramifications of prejudice in pluralistic societies.

Course location/delivery

This graduate certificate curriculum is offered at the Tampa campus.

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


The program consists of 18 credit hours. There are 12 hours of required core courses.

AFA 6355 African American Community Research (3)
AFA 6387 Seminar in Genocide and Human Rights (3)
AFA 6945 Internship/Florida Holocaust Museum (3)
AFA 6108 Special Construction of Race and Racism (3)


Choose TWO elective courses below, or choose courses on genocide and/or human rights elsewhere in the University after prior approval from Graduate Certificate Director:

AFA 6700 Global Challenge of Diversity (3)
AFA 6932 Afro Latin Caribbean History (3)
PHC 6230 Foundations of Humanitarian Assistance (3)
PHI 6934 Philosophy of Culture (3)
PHM 6646 Seminar in Developmental Ethics (3)
PHI 6934 Seminar in Environmental Ethics (3)
REL 6444 Liberation Theology (3)
LAS 6936 Citizenship and Democracy in Latin America (3)

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.

Admission requirements

Students must already hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.


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