Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program

College of Arts and Humanities

409 Main Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2789
610-436-2345
Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Dr. Friedman, Director and Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Programs of Study

Holocaust and genocide studies offers a master of arts degree for students who complete the necessary 30 hours in the degree program. For the master's degree, field studies and a thesis are options. A graduate certificate is also offered for students who complete an 18-hour program of study.

Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The purpose of this program is to provide its graduates with the background and intellectual skills needed to either pursue careers as teachers or as history professionals for work in museums, archives, libraries, and other institutions.

Master's Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

All applicants to one of West Chester University’s graduate programs will be held to the graduate admissions requirements. When applicable, additional requirements for admission into specific department program(s) may be listed below.

In addition to satisfying the University's general graduate admission requirements, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of personal goals.

All students in graduate programs are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs(s) may be listed below.

  • Any history course with a grade of less than 3.0 GPA will not be accepted for credit toward the degree.
  • In order to complete the program, students must pass a written comprehensive examination.

Professors

Mary P. Brewster (1993)

Chairperson, Criminal Justice

B.A., St. Joseph's College; M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., Rutgers University

Kevin W. Dean (1991)

Director, Honors College

B.S., Bowling Green University; M.A., Miami University of Ohio; Ph.D., University of Maryland

Jonathan Friedman (2002)

Director, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Graduate Coordinator, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

B.A., Kent State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland - College Park

Paul D. Green (1971)

A.B., Temple University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

Lisa A. Kirschenbaum (1996)

A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Margarete J. Landwehr (1992)

B.S., Georgetown University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

David G. Levasseur (1997)

B.A., M.A., University of Maryland-College Park; Ph.D., University of Kansas

Deborah Mahlstedt (1988)

B.S., State University of New York at Rockport; M.Ed., Ph.D., Temple University

Yury Polsky (1989)

B.A., M.A., University of Moscow; Ph.D., University of Michigan

Frauke I. Schnell (1992)

Chairperson, Political Science

B.A., University of Tuebingen (Germany); M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Jasmin Tahmaseb-McConatha (1990)

B.A., University of Utah; M.S., Jacksonville State University; Ph.D., University of Georgia

Associate Professors

Brian F. O'neill (1998)

B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.S.W., Marywood College; Ph.D., City University of New York

Christopher J. Teutsch (1989)

M.A., Jagiellonian University (Poland); Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Joan Woolfrey (2000)

Chairperson, Philosophy

Graduate Coordinator, Philosophy

B.S., North Dakota State University; M.A., The New School for Social Research; Ph.D., University of Oregon

Assistant Professor

Brenda L. Gaydosh (2013)

Graduate Coordinator

B.S., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales; M.A., West Chester University; Ph.D., American University

How to Read Course Descriptions

Course titles and descriptions in holocaust and genocide studies are listed under the relevant department.