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M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

College of Arts and Humanities

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M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies


Program Overview

West Chester University has been a pioneer in Holocaust Studies since the first undergraduate course on the Holocaust was offered in 1978. WCU's program now includes a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a certification program, an undergraduate minor, a regional education center, and a library collection. The demand for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has grown over the past 20 years. Five states are now mandating that the subject be taught in the schools, and seven states -- including Pennsylvania -- are recommending inclusion in school curricula. It is expected that more states will institute such requirements, creating a need for specialists. The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is intended for students who wish to pursue careers in human rights education and advocacy. The program has been developed to help students 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, the M.A. is interdisciplinary, involving many departments across campus that provide greater understanding of the forces leading to them.


Program Highlights

  • One of the only MA programs of its kind in the country

  • Multidisciplinary, with courses in history, philosophy, psychology, communications, language arts, and criminal justice

  • Endowed Holocaust Education Center with programs throughout the academic year and study abroad opportunities for students

  • Graduate assistantship opportunities as well


What can I do with this degree?

  • Human Rights Law and Advocacy
  • Holocaust and Genocide Education
  • Public History and Museum work
  • Higher Education

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  • Internationally recognized faculty
  • Students have gone on to work at Holocaust museums across the country
  • Students have also gone on to doctoral work at places like the London School of Economics, Clark University, Arizona State University, the University of Tennessee, Wayne State University, and Lehigh University.