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.
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.
Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
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 graduate students are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. Students are encouraged to review departmental handbooks for program tips, suggested course sequences, and explanations of procedures. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs may be listed below.
Graduation Requirements for the M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program
- 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
Graduate Coordinator, Criminal Justice
B.A., St. Joseph's College; M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., Rutgers University
Kevin W. Dean (1990)
Director, Honors College
Chairperson, Honors College
B.S., Bowling Green University; M.A., Miami University of Ohio; Ph.D., University of Maryland - College Park
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
Brenda L. Gaydosh (2013)
Graduate Coordinator, History
B.S., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales; M.A., West Chester University; Ph.D., American University
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
Jasmin Tahmaseb-McConatha (1990)
B.A., University of Utah; M.S., Jacksonville State University; Ph.D., University of Georgia
Joan Woolfrey (2000)
Chairperson, Women's and Gender Studies
B.S., North Dakota State University; M.A., The New School for Social Research; Ph.D., University of Oregon
Brian F. O'neill (1998)
B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.S.W., Marywood College; Ph.D., City University of New York