M.A. in Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The MAHG program is committed to innovative and challenging research and teaching on the Holocaust, other genocides, the prevention of mass atrocities, and the promotion of human rights.

The MAHG faculty guide students in developing and completing original capstone projects such as MA theses, internships, and special projects that prepare them for success in professional advancement. Furthermore, the significant public engagement opportunities that the MAHG program offers support Stockton University’s mission to develop engaged and effective citizens, both locally and globally."


MAHG and Migration Studies Minor Joint Statement of Solidarity and Action

 



About the Program

The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) at Stockton University, founded in 1998 as the first program of its kind in the country, offers a rigorous interdisciplinary and wide-ranging education on genocide and mass violence. Through face-to-face and online courses taught by internationally renowned faculty, the program prepares its graduates for employment in education, museums, and organizations that aim to stop and prevent mass atrocities. The MAHG program’s diverse and growing faculty ---with expertise in history, political science, communication studies, criminal justice, and education --- work to ensure the success of our students. We also host a distinguished senior visiting scholar every year.

Message from the Director

The challenges that MAHG faculty and anyone working in this field face are immense. Genocidal violence is currently unfolding in a number of places around the world. The government in Myanmar has been conducting a campaign of destruction against Rohingya Muslims since 2012, which has pushed more than 900,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh where they languish, unwanted, in refugee camps. More than 5.6 million people have fled the civil war and mass violence in Syria since 2011, with almost half a million people dead and destruction of unprecedented dimensions. Rohingya Muslim and Syrian refugees count among almost 80 million refugees today; around half of them are under the age of 18.

The MAHG program is designed to help students explore and understand central historical processes in the making of this reality—our world in which the post-Holocaust cry of “never again” has remained an empty slogan, certainly for these tens of millions of refugees. We strive to fill these words with meaning. To this end, we study the Holocaust as an integral part of modern genocide and mass violence—before, during, and after World War II. Students read and learn about European empire building, settler colonialism, and destruction of indigenous societies around the world; the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the US; the rise of exclusionary nationalism and the nation-state system in the twentieth century, including post-colonial states in the Global South; and the threat of nuclear weapons. And they discuss issues and questions that intersect with the dynamics of genocide, including human-induced environmental destruction, sexual violence, human security, and genocide prevention. Indeed, the program includes the first university-based Genocide Prevention Certificate Program in the world, a 15-credit online program founded by Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey and taught by the best minds in the field. The Certificate can be taken on its own or as part of the MA program. The Certificate program has allowed us to offer the option of completing the entire MA program online.

The MAHG program emphasizes excellence in scholarship, teaching, and student learning. We are proud of our small classes, our seminars designed to meet student interests and needs, our generous fellowships and scholarships, our partnerships with university programs and organizations across the globe, and the diverse learning experiences we offer, which include internships with institutes throughout the United States and beyond, independent studies, lecture series and workshops at Stockton University, study tours, and research opportunities.

I invite you to contact my office at 609-652-4542 or e-mail Raz.Segal@stockton.edu for further information and with any questions.

Sincerely,

Raz Segal, Ph.D.

Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG)
Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Endowed Professor in the Study of Modern Genocide
School of General Studies
Stockton University  

Curriculum

The MAHG degree requires the completion of 35 credits and the submission of a master's thesis or capstone project: one 3-credit core courses (Introduction to Holocaust and Genocide Studies), two 1-credit required courses (Introduction to Graduate Studies and Thesis/Capstone Proposal), one 3-credit methods course (Research Methods in Holocaust and Genocide Studies), one or two 3-credit thesis or capstone courses, and eight or seven 3-credit elective courses. All the online courses in the Genocide Prevention Certificate (GPC) program count as MAHG electives and are open to MAHG students. Please refer to the GPC website.

Required Courses

MAHG 5064 Introduction to Holocaust and Genocide Studies (3 credits; core course, offered every fall semester)

MAHG 5014 Introduction to Graduate Studies (1 credit; offered every semester)

MAHG 5052  Research Methods in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (3 credits; offered once every two years in the spring semester)

 

 

Capstone Courses 

A student may choose either to complete a master’s thesis (6 credits) or a capstone project (3 credits). In either case, students are required to choose an advisor and take a 1-credit thesis/capstone proposal course with them, preferably in their second semester and no later than their third semester in the program. Once a student's thesis/capstone proposal is approved by their advisor and the program, they will need to schedule either one 3-credit independent study or internship capstone project course or two 3-credit thesis courses with their advisor(s).

MAHG 5054 Thesis/Capstone Proposal (1 credit)

MAHG 5880 Thesis (3 credits)

MAHG 5850 Independent Study Capstone Project (3 credits)

MAHG 5900 Internship Capstone Project (3 credits)

Elective Courses (3 credits each)

Students could pursue 1 independent study course (MAHG 5800 Independent Study) on a specific topic or enroll in 1 graduate course at Stockton outside the MAHG program only if approved by an advisor and the program.

In exceptional cases and pending approval by an advisor and the program, a student could pursue 1 additional independent study course or 1 additional graduate course at Stockton outside the MAHG program.

In addition, the program will recognize one advanced language course as a 3-credit MAHG elective, if approved by an advisor and the program.

Students must take at least 2 courses from the following list:

MAHG 5000 The History of the Holocaust

MAHG 5002 Rescuers and Bystanders

MAHG 5013 Art and Propaganda under National Socialism

MAHG 5017 Women during the Holocaust

MAHG 5019 The Holocaust in Literature and Film

MAHG 5021 Modern German History and the Holocaust

MAHG 5022 Study Seminar to the Sites

MAHG 5027 Germany and the Holocaust after 1945

MAHG 5036 Holocaust, Memory, and Commemoration

MAHG 5049 New Directions in Holocaust Scholarship

The MAHG program also offers the following elective courses:

MAHG 5007 Selected Topics with the Ida E. King Distinguished Scholar

MAHG 5010 Gender, War, and Genocide

MAHG 5028 Genocide: Special Topics

MAHG 5030 The Armenian Genocide

MAHG 5041 Human Security Seminar

MAHG 5042 Theories of Genocide

MAHG 5065 International Human Rights Seminar

MAHG 5056 The Fall of Yugoslavia and the War in Bosnia

MAHG 5059 Slavery and Civil Rights in US History

MAHG 5521 Borders and Displacement

 

GPC online courses count as MAHG elective courses and are open to MAHG students:

GPC 5037 Perpetrator Behavior and Genocide Prevention

GPC 5039 Transitional Justice and Collective Memory

GPC 5040 Religion and Genocide Prevention

GPC 5058 Genocide, International Tribunals and Courts

GPC 5060 Transitional Justice and Regime Change

GPC 5063 Genocide and State Violence in Latin America

 

Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline

While graduate admissions selection committees review applications until the start of the semester, by applying prior to the Priority Deadline, you can ensure that your transition to Stockton is as smooth as possible: you will be invited to the New Student Orientation Event, and have access to priority registration which means you may have more options for monthly installments of a payment plan, as well as greater options for class selection.

Priority Deadlines

Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies Program, applicant must submit the following:

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
      • If you are a recent Stockton graduate, check to see if you qualify for the Direct Entry Option.
  2. Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application
  3. Graduate application essay
  4. Three current letters of recommendation sent electronically via the Discover Stockton Application
  5. Resume
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) showing a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, however, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. If you are a recent Stockton graduate, you may qualify for the Direct Entry Option.

No standardized tests are required.

Students are admitted in both Fall and Spring semesters.

While graduate admissions selection committees review applications until the start of the semester, by applying prior to the Priority Deadline, you can ensure that your transition to Stockton is as smooth as possible: you will be invited to the New Student Orientation Event, and have access to priority registration which means you may have more options for monthly installments of a payment plan, as well as greater options for class selection.

Priority Deadlines

Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1

Yes. Up to two courses may be attempted on a non-matriculated basis. However, performance in these courses does not guarantee admission. Please visit the Website for the Non-Matriculated (Non Degree) Option.

Yes, the program can be completed as a part-time student.

Students with additional questions are encouraged to call the Office of Graduate Studies at 609-626-3640 or email gradschool@stockton.edu.

Listing of Program Faculty and Staff

Core Faculty

Dr. Michael Hayse

Dr. Michael Hayse, Associate Professor of History

609-652-4659 |  F-125
Dr. Raz Segal

Dr. Raz Segal, Program Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies & Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

609-626-3853 | J-205

Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Dr. Christina Morus

Dr. Christina Morus, Associate Professor of Communication & Genocide Studies

609-626-6874 | F-239
Dr. Lauren Balasco

Dr. Lauren Balasco, Assistant Professor of Political Science

609-652-4743 | F-232
Dr. Mary Johnson

Dr. Mary Johnson, Adjunct Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies

609-652-4699 | J102
Dr. Jess Bonnan-White

Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice 

609-652-4453 | C122
Morgan Everman 

Morgan Everman , Program Assistant, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) 

609-652-4699 | E206 

Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar: Spring 2020

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 their universities.

Dr. Dienke Hondius

Dr. Dienke Hondius, Assistant Professor of History at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands  and Advisor and Staff Member for International Education Projects at the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

609-652-4699  |  E206

Previous Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholars

  • Dr. Franklin H. Littell, 1990 - 1991, 1996 - 1998
  • Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, 1992
  • Dr. Hubert Locke, 0000
  • Dr. Henry Huttenbach, 1993-1994
  • Dr. Carol Rittner, R.S.M. 1994-1995
  • Dr. Yehuda Bauer, 1995 - 1996, Spring 2002
  • Dr. Dan Bar-On, 1998 - 1999, 2002 -2003
  • Dr. Michael Berenbaum, 1999 - 2000
  • Dr. Paul Mojzes, Fall 2003
  • Dr. Elizabeth R. Baer, Fall 2004, 2016 - 2017
  • Dr. Myrna Goldenberg, 2005 - 2006
  • Dr. Michael Phayer, 2006 - 2007
  • Dr. Dalia Ofer, Spring 2008
  • Dr. Joyce Apsel, Spring 2009
  • Dr. Samuel Totten, 2009 - 2010
  • Dr. Nili Keren, Spring 2011, 2012 - 2013, Spring 2015
  • Dr. Paul Bartrop, 2011 - 2012
  • Dr. Patrick Henry, 2013 - 2014
  • Dr. Robert Skloot, Fall 2014
  • Dr. Lawrence Baron, Fall 2015
  • Dr. Alex Alvarez, 2017 - 2018
  • Dr. Ann Millin, 2018 - 2019

 

Alumni Spotlight

 

College Educators/Higher Education

 Doug Cervi ('02)

 Doug Cervi ('02),  Executive Director of the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education

Michael Dickerman ('11)

Michael Dickerman ('11),  Adjunct Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University 

Steven Marcus ('02)

Steven Marcus ('02),  Adjunct Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at  Stockton University 


PhD and beyond

 Matthew Hone ('01)

 Matthew Hone ('01),  Adjunct Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University 

Cyanne Loyle ('04)

Cyanne Loyle ('04),  Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University


Holocaust Museums and Centers

 Jessica Hulten ('13)

 Jessica Hulten ('13), Education Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Trinity Johnson ('08)

Trinity Johnson ('08), Education Coordinator, The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education (CHHE)

Michael Morris ('14)

Michael Morris ('14),  Collections and Exhibitions department, Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Amanda Soloman ('19)

Amanda Soloman ('19), Manager of Museum and Holocaust Education, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE) 


NGOs and other organizations

 Andrea Heymann ('16)

 Andrea Heymann ('16), Program Director, Hillel Graduate Student Network of the Greater Philadelphia area

Vincent Rodgers ('16)

Vincent Rodgers ('16),  Development and Communications Associate, Challah for Hunger


Prospective Students 

Current Students:

List of Conferences, Workshops, Symposia: Updated Friday, July 17, 2020

List of Employment and other Professional Development Opportunities: Updated Friday, July 17, 2020 

Apply today. If you have further questions or would like to Request More Information please call the Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.

Raz Segal, Ph.D.

Program Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG)
Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Endowed Professor in the Study of Modern Genocide

Raz.Segal@stockton.edu