Program Overview

The Gratz College Holocaust and Genocide Studies program focuses on the Holocaust, its contemporary significance, and the broader phenomenon of genocide in modern times.

The program is designed for educators in public and private schools, museum staff, community professionals, religious and lay leaders, those involved in interfaith dialogue, and adult learners taking classes for personal enrichment or credit.

Students have access to the Holocaust Oral History Archive at Gratz College's Tuttleman Library, which comprises one of the largest collections of audio-taped testimony in the United States. The Tuttleman Library itself houses a collection of over 2,200 titles of Holocaust and related resources. In addition, there are approximately 1,400 titles on World War II.

In cooperation with the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, this program may be applied to New Jersey teacher professional development hours if aligned with an Individual Professional Development Plan. Teachers are advised to obtain approval from a supervisor prior to registration.

ACT 48 available for PA teachers.

Curriculum Map

36 credits: 2 required courses, 8-9 electives,

and the final project (3 credits) or thesis (6 credits)

Required Courses

  • The Holocaust and European Mass Murder
  • Comparative Genocide


  • Teaching the Holocaust
  • America’s Response to the Holocaust
  • Gender and Genocide in the 20th Century
  • Anne Frank: A History
  • Genocide Prevention
  • Their Brother’s Keepers: Rescuers and Righteous Gentiles
  • The Native American Genocides
  • From Armenia to Auschwitz: An Examination of the First Modern Genocides
  • Genocide in the Balkans: The Eastern European Genocide of the 1990s
  • Hitler’s Other Victims
  • The History of Antisemitism
  • Resistance in the Holocaust
  • The Holocaust and Genocide in Film
  • Holocaust Art
  • The Warsaw Ghetto
  • Transcending Trauma: The Psychosocial Impact of the Holocaust on Survivor Families
  • Before Hitler: East European Jewish Civilization
  • Literature of the Holocaust
  • Holocaust Historiography
  • Holocaust and Memory
  • Loss and Renewal: The Aftermath of the Holocaust
  • The Problem of Evil: The Jewish Response
  • Judaism and Christianity
  • Independent Study –Travel

Admission Requirements

  • Online application ($50 application fee)
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts(Mailed directly to Office of Graduate Admissions)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (The personal statement should be 2-3 pages and describe your background, important experiences, future goals utilizing this degree, and why you have chosen Gratz College. The personal statement may be submitted with the online application)
  • Resume (may be submitted with the online application)

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and sent to the Office of Admissions at Gratz College. WES is a private enterprise who charges a fee for their services. Email: Website:

Official copies of TOEFL scores are required for those whose native language is not English.

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This course is Online & Campus Combined
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