Curriculum Map

Graduate Certificate

18 credits: 2 required courses and 4 electives

Master of Arts

36 credits: 2 required courses, 8-9 electives,
and the final project (3 credits) or thesis (6 credits)

Required Courses
(for both the certificate and the degree)

  • The Holocaust and European Mass Murder
  • Comparative Genocide


  • Teaching the Holocaust
  • America’s Response to the Holocaust
  • Gender and Genocide in the 20th Century
  • Anne Frank:  A History
  • Genocide Prevention
  • Their Brother’s Keepers: Rescuers and Righteous Gentiles
  • The Native American Genocides
  • From Armenia to Auschwitz: An Examination of the First Modern Genocides
  • Genocide in the Balkans: The Eastern European Genocide of the 1990s
  • Hitler’s Other Victims
  • The History of Antisemitism
  • Resistance in the Holocaust
  • The Holocaust and Genocide in Film
  • Holocaust Art
  • The Warsaw Ghetto
  • Transcending Trauma: The Psychosocial Impact of the Holocaust on Survivor Families
  • Before Hitler: East European Jewish Civilization
  • Literature of the Holocaust
  • Holocaust Historiography
  • Holocaust and Memory
  • Loss and Renewal: The Aftermath of the Holocaust
  • The Problem of Evil: The Jewish Response
  • Judaism and Christianity
  • Independent Study –Travel

Total Degree = 48 credits
Required Core Courses = 21 credits

  • Unveiling the Underpinnings of Genocide: Racism, Eugenics and Propaganda
  • Gender and Genocide II
  • Genocide in the Modern World
  • Genocide and International Law
  • A Geographical Approach to the Study of the Holocaust
  • The Psychology and Sociology of Altruism and Rescue
  • Post-Genocide Theology

Electives = 9 credits
Students will take 3 elective courses to supplement and further enhance their knowledge base in specific areas of interest related to research or comps out of a choice of at least 6 courses.

Research Requirement = 3 credits
All students will be required to take the Doctoral Research Methods Seminar in preparation for dissertation work as described below.

Seminars = 6 credits
Seminar A: Current Topics
Students will discuss a timely topic in seminar with a faculty member or guest professor as part of the required course work. Course topics will be developed and updated as appropriate with current issues in the Seminar B: Concept Paper Seminar
Students will share concept papers with fellow Ph.D. students to further enhance critical consideration of their research plans and learn from the research of their peers.
*Students will be required to show proficiency in reading a foreign language relevant to their research.
**Students will be required to take a (no-credit) Academic Writing course

Concept Paper: 3 credits: The concept paper focuses on formulating the research questions and writing the concept paper. Once the dissertation advisor is satisfied with the results, the concept paper will be sent to the Program Chair for approval. This approval must be obtained before work may be done on the proposal phase of the Dissertation.
Proposal: 3 credits: The content of the proposal includes the methodology and content of each chapter, including a thorough review of the literature that either supports or refutes the dissertation thesis. Once approval is received from the dissertation advisor and program chair, the student may proceed to the final stage of the writing the dissertation.
Dissertation Report: 3 credits: The final report includes the collection and implementation of data, along with recommendations for further research if appropriate.


Year 1

Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Summer in residence/hybrid Doctoral Research Methods Seminar
Writing no-credit
Seminar in Special Topics Concept Paper Seminar and preparation Research and data collection
Summer online Elective Elective Prepare for Comps Research/data
Fall Core 1 Core 5 Take Comps Year 5
  Core 2 Core 6 Literature review Writing Diss
Spring Core 3 Core 7 Literature review Writing Diss
  Core 4 Elective Proposal Dissertation Rept