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Program Details

Gratz College has designed a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies degree program for those that are interested in enhancing their knowledge of the Holocaust and the history of genocide. In addition, the program will focus on the significance of the Holocaust and genocide within the 21st Century. The program is also intended for educators, religious leaders, museum professionals, and community professionals.

The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program requires the student to complete a total of 36 credits. Students will be required to complete two required courses and 8-9 electives. The two required courses are The Holocaust and European Mass Murder, and Comparative Genocide. Some electives that will be offered during the program are Teaching the Holocaust, Sowing the Seeds of Character: Moral Education, Children of the Nazi Era, and The History of Anti-Semitism. Educators that have enrolled in the program will have the option of taking methods courses that will provide insight on how to make age-appropriate Holocaust lessons for the classroom.

In addition to the electives and required courses, students completing the program online will either have to complete a three-credit project or six-credit thesis. Students that are enrolled in the campus-based format have the choice to either intern in supervised teaching or supervised research at the Holocaust Oral History Archive at Gratz College.

The program also provides a variety of educational resources and opportunities for students within the program. Students will have access to over 900 audio testimonies of Holocaust survivors, liberators and witnesses within the Holocaust Oral History Archive in the Tuttleman Library on Gratz College’s Campus. In addition to the audio testimonies, students will also have access to over 2,200 Holocaust titles and roughly 1,400 World War II titles to supplement their study. Outside the classroom, students may have the opportunity to learn more through “Jewish Poland Past and Present” tours or through their own planned educational trips to various locations.

Gratz College believes that graduates should have many different outcomes after graduation from the program. Graduates should be able to teach the history of Nazi persecution from 1933-1945, compare the Holocaust to modern genocide cases, provide students with the research tools to investigate topics within the Holocaust, and apply problem-solving expertise to topics involving modern genocide.


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