Holocaust and Genocide Studies

West Chester University

409 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: (610) 436-2972
Email: jfriedman@wcupa.edu


Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Current Programs Offered at West Chester University

  • Masters Of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    • Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Requirements

      More and more colleges and universities, public, private, and parochial schools are adding Holocaust and genocide studies to their curriculum. And more and more teachers, librarians, museum curators and administrators are realizing the importance of preparing themselves for the study of these subjects.

      With this in mind, a Master of Arts degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies has been developed to help scholars pursue the study of the Holocaust and other genocides and to seek answers as to how they may be prevented. Because this study involves more than the history of the development of genocides, various departments are supplying courses that provide greater understanding of the forces leading to them.

      The Masters Degree requires thirty credits. A thesis, if preferred, will fulfill six credits. A Certificate of Studies requires 15 credits.

      30 Credit Hours

      Three phases: (12 hours; 12 hours; Six hours)

      Classes are 3 credits each (Click a Phase below to expand)

      Phase I: Core Content 12 Hours

      HIS 545 Holocaust

      HIS 546 Genocide in Modern History

      HIS 523 History of Modern Germany

      HIS 543 Jews in Modern European History

      Phase II: Electives 12 Hours

      COM 503 Communication and Persuasive Influences

      COM 505 Concepts and Criticism of Public Influence

      COM 509 Communication and Conflict Resolution

      CRJ 505 Nature of Crime and Delinquency

      CRJ 555 Race, Class, and Crime

      PHI 512 Ethical Theories

      PHI 570 Bioethics

      PHI 588 Philosophy of Human Rights

      PHI 590 Independent Studies of Philosophy

      PSC 590 Holocaust in Eastern Europe

      PSC 530 Politics of the Holocaust and Genocide

      PSY509 Advanced Social Psychology

      PSY 540 Multicultural Psychology

      PSY 543 Psychology of Group Processes

      EDF 589 Social Foundations of Education

      EGE 409 Impact of Holocaust on German Literature and Films

      HIS 520 History of Racism, Bigotry, and Prejudice

      HIS 535 Nationalism and Democracy in Europe, 1815-1914

      ­HIS 536 Europe Since 1914

      HIS 544 The Final Solution in Europe

      HIS 547 A-Socials and the Holocaust

      HIS 548 Women in the Holocaust

      HIS 549 American Perspectives on the Holocaust

      HIS 602 Directed Readings in European History: Jewish History

      HIS 651 Seminar

      HIS 660 Field Studies

      ENG 573 Literature of the Holocaust

      GER 420 German for Reading Knowledge

      Phase III: Thesis or Non-Thesis Option 6 Hours

      Thesis

      HIS 691 Thesis (6hrs.)

      Oral defense of thesis.

      Non-Thesis

      Research paper in HIS 545, 546, 650, 651, or 652

      Written comprehensive examination in the CORE SUBJECTS (phase 1)

      Plus 6hrs of electives from the following list

      COM 503 Communication and Persuasive Influences

      COM 505 Concepts and Criticism of Public Influence

      COM 509 Communication and Conflict Resolution

      CRJ 505 Nature of Crime and Delinquency

      CRJ 555 Race, Class, and Crime

      PHI 512 Ethical Theories

      PHI 570 Bioethics

      PHI 588 Philosophy of Human Rights

      PHI 590 Independent Studies of Philosophy

      PSC 590 Holocaust in Eastern Europe

      PSC 530 Politics of the Holocaust and Genocide

      PSY509 Advanced Social Psychology

      PSY 540 Multicultural Psychology

      PSY 543 Psychology of Group Processes

      EDF 589 Social Foundations of Education

      EGE 409 Impact of Holocaust on German Literature and Films

      HIS 520 History of Racism, Bigotry, and Prejudice

      HIS 535 Nationalism and Democracy in Europe, 1815-1914

      ­HIS 536 Europe Since 1914

      HIS 544 The Final Solution in Europe

      HIS 547 A-Socials and the Holocaust

      HIS 548 Women in the Holocaust

      HIS 549 American Perspectives on the Holocaust

      HIS 602 Directed Readings in European History: Jewish History

      HIS 651 Seminar

      HIS 660 Field Studies

      ENG 573 Literature of the Holocaust

      GER 420 German for Reading Knowledge

    • 30 TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN DEGREE

  • Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
    • 18 Credit Hours

      REQUIRED

      HIS 545 Holocaust (3)

      HIS 546 Genocide in Modern History (3)

       

      Four Courses from the following:

       

      Communication Studies

      COM 503 Communication and Persuasive Influence (3)

      COM 505 Concepts and Criticism of Public Influence (3)

      COM 507 Issues in Mass Communication (3)

      COM 509 Communication and Conflict Resolution (3)

       

      Criminal Justice

      CRJ 505 Nature of Crime and Delinquency (3)

       

      Literature and Film

      EGE 409 Impact of Holocaust on German Literature and Film (3)

      ENG 615 Special Topics: Literature of the Holocaust (3)

       

      History

      HIS 523 History of Modern Germany (3) 

      HIS 543 Jews in Modern European History (3) 

      HIS 548 Women and the Holocaust (3)

      HIS 549 American Perspectives on the Holocaust (3)

      HIS 602 Directed Readings in European History (3)

      HIS 660 Field Studies in History (3)

      SSC 503 Methods for Teaching Holocaust & Genocide Studies (3)

       

      Philosophy

      PHI 512 Ethical Theories (3)

      PHI 590 Independent Studies in Philosophy (3)

      PHI 599 Philosophic Concepts and Sytems (3) Moral Implications of the Holocaust and Genocide

       

      Political Science

      PSC 542 Dynamics of Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3)

      PSC 590 Independent Study in Political Science (3) The Holocaust in Eastern Europe

       

      Psychology and Sociology

      509 Advanced Social Psychology (3)

      PSY 540 Multicultural Psychology (3)

      PSY 543 Psychology of Group Processes (3)

      SOC 590 Independent Studies in Sociology (3) Sociology of religion

  • Minor in Holocaust Studies
    • The program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies deals not only with historical aspects of the Holocaust, but also with moral and political issues involved in the prevention of future genocides. It may be taken as one of the minors in the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences programs.

      Admission to the Program

      An undergraduate in good standing at West Chester University may apply for a Minor in Holocaust Studies. Contact Dr. Jonathan Friedman, Director of the Holocaust/Genocide Education Center jfriedman@wcupa.edu or call 610-738-0486.

      Holocaust Minor Advisement Sheet
      (18 semester hours required)

      Required Courses. 9 Semester Hours. Take each of the following three courses

       

      Course Number

      Course Title

      Offered

      HIS 332 

      Holocaust 

      every semester

      HIS 349  

      Jew in History

      every year

      PHI 180  

      Ethics

      every semester

       

      Elective Courses. 9 Semester Hours. Take three courses selected from the following with the approval of the director of the Holocaust and Genocide Program:

      ANT 120  

      Cultures of Ethnic Groups in America

      offered every other fall

      GER 221 or EGE 222  

      German Civilization

      once a year

      HIS 423  

      Modern Germany

      offered fall semester

      LIT 304 

      American Jewish Novel 

      once a year

      PSC 252  

      Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

      once a year

      PSC322 

      Public Opinion, Propaganda and Political Behavior

      once a year

      PSY 254  

      Social Psychology

      every semester

      SOC 335

      Racial and Cultural Minorities

      once a year

      SSC 480

      Ethnic Cultures Workshop

      every other year

      SWO 225

      Race Relations

      every semester

      Other courses can be substituted at the discretion of the director. Total of 18 semester hours for required + elective courses

  • Undergraduate Classes in Holocaust Studies
    • Since 1978, WCU has offered undergraduate classes in Holocaust studies. It is estimated that through the years 2,500 undergraduates have completed course work on the Holocaust at the university and in overseas classes. Added to this are over 500 graduate students in both graduate classes and at the Intermediate Center in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

      Overview: Undergraduate Course Offerings

      EGE 409 Impact of the Holocaust on German Literature and Film (3) How propaganda (particularly film) contributed to the rise of Nazism. Postwar literature and films will be used to illustrate issues such as compliance to the regime, the role of the Vatican and legal institutions, individual and group responsibility, literary and cinematic representation of the Holocaust, guilt and the debates surrounding reconciliation, the contemporary relationship of Germany and Israel, and the legacy of the Holocaust for children of victims and perpetrators.

      HIS 332 Holocaust (3) Focuses on ethnic, nationalistic, economic, and religious causes of the Holocaust, including 20th-century Nazism, racism, and anti-Semitism, concluding with study of the Nuremburg trials.

      HIS 349 The Jew in History (3) Review of their 4,000 year history and of those civilizations that have welcomed the Jewish people. the study of the Jewish people in contemporary society is an important feature of the course.

      HIS 423 Modern Germany (3) Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries: Napoleonic Era, Rise of Prussia, nationalism and unification, imperialism and World War I, National Socialism, World War II, and divided Germany.

      PHI 180 Introduction to Ethics (3) Great ethical systems of history and their application to personal and social life. The right and the good; the nature of values; and critical dilemmas.

      SOC 490 Topical Seminar in Sociology (3) A topical seminar on the sociology of religion and the Holocaust.

  • Overseas Programs
    • Three overseas trips to Israel, the country that has more survivors than any other in the world, were taken during the past decade. Visited were historic sites as well as the world's most prominent Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem. Classes were held, field trips taken, as well as visits with survivors, survivors' children and grandchildren. The Netherlands, (Amsterdam) was also visited. Here one group toured the "home" of Anne Frank and her family.

      Our most recent trip was to the sites of camps and ghettos in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Hotels, breakfast and most dinners were provided as well as land transportation and a university professor as the guide.

      Current and Future Overseas Trips

      Future trips are presently in the planning stages. Three credits (graduate or undergraduate) may be earned through preparation, site visits, and a course paper. For information contact Dr. Jonathan Friedman, Director of the WCU Holocaust and Genocide Education center at jfriedman@wcupa.edu or telephone (610)-436-2972.

  • In-Service Teacher Education Workshops
    • Chester County Intermediate Unit Teacher's Workshop

      Teacher Education Workshops are held frequently during summer sessions. Presenters are teachers in the public schools, professors, survivors, veterans, museum curators, librarians, and writers. A day trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. is included.

      Admission to the ProgramTeachers may apply at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (610) 524-2431