Holocaust and Genocide Studies
The minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies provides a broad interdisciplinary study
of the Holocaust and other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students wishing
to pursue graduate study in Holocaust and Genocide Studies can apply for direct entry
into the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Genocide Prevention
Certificate programs and are encouraged to take up to two graduate courses through
the Graduate Course Access form.
Studies about the Holocaust and other genocides address a central tenet of education: What does it mean to be a responsible citizen in a democratic society? Such study can help students realize that:
- The genocide of the Jews during World War II and the Nazi Era was a “watershed event”
in human history.
- Democratic institutions and values are not automatically sustained but need to be
appreciated, nurtured, and protected.
- Silence and indifference to the suffering of others, or to the infringement of human and civil rights in any society—however unintentionally—serves to perpetrate the problems.
- Genocides are not “accidents” in history— genocides occur because individuals, organizations and governments make choices that not only legalize discrimination but allow prejudice,hatred and ultimately mass murder to occur.
In view of the mandate by the State of New Jersey requiring the study of Holocaust and genocide-related issues as part of school curricula, some of the courses in the minor may be attractive to students who are pursuing a major and who also may eventually want to obtain certification in education. The Holocaust and genocide minor provides a good preparation for Stockton undergraduate students who plan, after graduation, to enroll in the University’s Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) program.
Completion of the minor requires a minimum of twenty credits in courses related to
the minor. A range of relevant classes is offered under both General Studies and program
acronyms. These undergraduate courses provide the opportunity for a broad overall
investigation of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as well as an in-depth consideration
of specific issues related to these areas.
Courses relevant to the minor are offered every semester and are open to any student at Stockton, and on a space-available basis, to non-matriculated students. Every formal course in the minor carries four credits. Independent study courses may also be carried out with faculty members who teach in the minor. However, no more than one independent study course may be used toward meeting the requirements of the minor and that independent study course cannot be one of the three required courses.
Requirements for Completion of the Minor
There are no special requirements for admission into the program. There are no special minimum grade requirements beyond those required by the University for graduation. While there are no special requirements for admission into the minor, students must take and pass a minimum of 20 credits—five courses, each of which is four credits—related to the minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, including two (2) required courses: GSS 2240, The Holocaust and GAH 2114, Perspectives on Genocide. A minimum of three (3) additional courses in Holocaust and Genocide Studies beyond the two (2) required courses must be completed. These should be selected from the list of courses provided below.
Undergraduates studying for the minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies are eligible to apply to The Richard Stockton University Foundation for special undergraduate scholarships and book awards specifically designated for students interested in the study of the Holocaust. These include the George Greenman Memorial Scholarship, the Marsha Grossman Scholarship, the Chipkin Memorial Scholarship and the Koopman-van de Kar Scholarship.
A regional Holocaust Resource Center, co-sponsored by the University and the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, is housed in the Stockton University Library. Opened in 1990, the Center serves as a focal point for the study of the Holocaust and other genocides. The Center houses artifacts and oral histories, in addition to many books, videos and other resources. Students are able to serve an internship for academic credit at the Holocaust Resource Center. The Center is easily accessible. Its trained and experienced staff is available to provide guidance.
Stockton has very strong library and media collections in the area of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, augmented by a recent substantial grant for the further development of our print, media and audio-visual holdings.
The Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Holocaust and Genocide Studies brings to Stockton on a rotating basis, for one or two semesters each year, scholars of international renown to teach about the Holocaust and other genocides and to pursue scholarly work in their field.
Faculty who teach in the area of Holocaust and Genocide Studies come from a variety
of disciplines and from various schools of the University. In addition, several half-time
faculty members hold appointments in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In addition to
the Undergraduate Minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Stockton also offers a
Master of Arts degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Opportunities for relevant overseas study are available through Stockton’s Coordinator of International Education. Stockton students may also undertake credit-bearing study visits (combined with subsequent independent studies) during the winter break or in the summer. Scholarships to help defray part of the cost of such study are often available.