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
No transfer courses will be accepted at the Doctoral level.

HGS 700: Unveiling the Underpinnings of Genocide
HGS 725: A Geographical Approach to the Study of the Holocaust
HGS 723: Genocide in the Modern World
HGS 722: Gender and Genocide II
HGS 724: Holocaust, Genocide and International Law
HGS 726: The Psychology and Sociology of Altruism and Rescue
HGS 727: Post-Holocaust Theologies

ELECTIVES = 9 credits

Students are required to take the Doctoral Research Methods Seminar (HGS 705).
Students are required to take a companion (no-credit) Doctoral Writing Seminar (HGS 704).

SEMINARS = 6 credits
HGS 795: Seminar A: Current Topics 

HGS 896: Seminar B: Concept Paper Seminar

HGS 897: Concept Paper - 3 credits
HGS 898 Proposal -3 credits
HGS 899: Dissertation Report: 3 credits

Foreign Language:  Students will be expected to demonstrate reading and research proficiency in the language(s) necessary for their research and dissertation. 

Comprehensive Exams:  Students will take written and oral Comprehensive Exams in 3 subject areas:
General Holocaust Studies
Other Modern Genocides
Dissertation Subject Area 

Required Summer Residencies:
Students must attend 3 required 6-day residencies held in summers including: 

Doctoral studies orientation, research course, and non-credit doctoral writing course (year l)
Special topics seminar (year II)
Concept Paper Seminar (year III)