Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program
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.
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
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)
Graduate Coordinator, Philosophy
B.S., North Dakota State University; M.A., The New School for Social Research; Ph.D., University of Oregon
Brenda L. Gaydosh (2013)
B.S., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales; M.A., West Chester University; Ph.D., American University
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The unit value is also displayed.
The course description outlines what topics are covered in the course.
Prerequisites: Coursework to be completed and/or requirements required before taking the course.
Co-requisites: Course(s) that must be taken in the same term.
General Education Key: Indicates the General Education area for which the course may fulfill a requirement.
- SD- Science Distributive Requirement
- BSD- Behavioral and Social Science Distributive
- HD- Humanities Distributive Requirement
- AD- Arts Distributive Requirement
- EC- English Composition Requirement
- PS- Public Speaking Requirement
- I- Interdisciplinary Requirement
- J- Diversity Requirement
- W- Writing Emphasis
- F- Foreign Languages Culture Cluster
- AR- Arabic Culture Cluster
- ASL- American Sign Language culture cluster
- CC- Classical Civilizations culture cluster
- FA- France & Francophone Area CC
- GER- Germany culture cluster
- IT- Italy Culture Cluster
- REE- Russia & Eastern Europe CC
- SP- Spanish Culture Cluster
Distance Education: Indicates if a course is approved to be offered via distance education. See the class schedule for details.
Typically Offered: Indicates what semester the course is typically offered.
Repeatable for Credit: Indicates if a student can take the course again and obtain credit.
Cross Listed: Indicates if there are any other course offerings that are considered equivalent to the course listing.
Course titles and descriptions in holocaust and genocide studies are listed under the relevant department.