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Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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M.A., Ph.D. and Graduate Certificate

Gratz College offers three options for graduate work in Holocaust and Genocide Studies—a Graduate Certificate (12 credits), a Master of Arts (36 credits) and a Doctorate (48 credits). 

The program is designed for educators in public and private schools, museum and education center staff, military and college instructors, descendants of victims who speak in the community, and others who are interested in Holocaust and Genocide research, education, advocacy and prevention.

Students in this program share a passionate commitment for learning about the worst impulses of mankind and the most egregious examples of genocide in modern history in hopes of creating awareness and preventing such events from occurring again. Gratz offers over 35 courses that address the Holocaust, its contemporary significance, and the broader phenomenon of genocide in modern times, including the cases of Armenia, Cambodia, the Balkans, the Holodomor, Rwanda, and the Native American genocides.

We at Gratz believe that rigorous, precise thinking about genocide, based on accurate, current knowledge of the field, has the power to change us. And that change, as Gandhi and others have observed, is the beginning of changing the world. 

 

Picture above: Karen Lerman, current Ph.D. student, educating visitors at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
 

 

I can say without hesitation or hyperbole that I have enjoyed every moment of the process at Gratz. Every course has been appropriately challenging, supremely organized, and remarkably timely. I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate to have been introduced to professors and fellow students who have allowed me to expand my worldview and global understanding while also being incredibly supportive.”

— Rich Quinlan, Doctoral Candidate


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With my degree from Gratz, I was able to search for a new career in Holocaust education. As the director of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, I have the opportunity to shape the future of the museum and also teach visitors about this important history. 

— leah simpson, m.a., 2016


Academics

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies program provides a broad curriculum, a rigorous course of study, and opportunities for deep reflection about the human capacity to subjugate, oppress, and murder those who are defined as inferior and yet a threat. 

Students learn from their own research and reflection, from classmates who bring knowledge and perspective to the courses, and from a faculty carefully chosen for their specific scholarship and expertise in various areas of the field.  

Online courses run in 8-week accelerated sessions in an asynchronous (on-demand) format all year round for maximum flexibility. 

Please see more information under Program Paths.

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Meet the Program Director

Ruth Sandberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Ruth Sandberg has devoted her academic career to fostering better relations between people of differing faiths and backgrounds and working toward a more equitable and just world. 


Meet Our Faculty

Gratz College is privileged to have some of the most distinguished scholars in the field as part-time professors in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. A diverse faculty is essential to cover the range of historical content, unique aspects of each genocide, and the shared themes across the discipline. Gratz College professors have published critical research works, won numerous awards, and presented widely at scholarly conferences. We are proud to have a faculty that can offer the most comprehensive list of course topics ranging from “The Role of Muslims and the Holocaust” to “The Psychology and Sociology of Altruism and Rescue.”

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