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Holocaust and Genocide Studies

School of General Studies

HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE STUDIES (MINOR)

INTRODUCTION

The minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies provides a broad interdisciplinary study of the Holocaust and other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries. 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 College’s Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) program.

PROGRAM ORGANIZATION

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 College 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. 
 

COURSES REQUIRED
GAH 2114 Perspectives on Genocide
GSS 2240 The Holocaust 

ELECTIVE COURSES
(A minimum of three additional courses selected from the list below.)

ANTH 2230 Ethnicity

GAH 2112 Art, Politics and the Nazi Era

GAH 2113 Non-Jewish Victims of the Nazis

GAH 2119 History and Memory of Nazi Era

GAH 2319 Music and the Holocaust

GAH 2326 Art of the Holocaust

GAH 3215 Literature of Genocide and Upheaval

GAH 3234 Holocaust Literature

GAH 3248 Media, Public Perception and Genocide

GEN 2238 The Holocaust and Children’s Literature

GEN 2308 Children of the Holocaust

GIS 3418 Witness to Genocide

GIS 3601 Seminar on the Holocaust

GIS 3658 Woman and Genocide

GIS 3659 Genocide, War Crimes and Law

GIS 3660 The Impact of the Holocaust

GIS 3662 Will Genocide Ever End?

GIS 3666 The Holocaust in Film and Literature

GIS 3667 Families in Genocide: History and Memory

GIS 3671 The Holocaust and the Christian World

GIS 4641 Approaches to Auschwitz

GSS 1057 War, Nationalism and Genocide

GSS 2190 Ordinary Evil

GSS 2196 Race and Nation in History

GSS 2248 Business and Nazi Germany

GSS 3172 Ethnic Violence and Nationalism

GSS 3240 Holocaust and Genocide Education

GSS 3946 Holocaust Resource Center Internship

HIST 2117 Modern Germany

HIST 3615 Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin

HIST 3616 History of the Third Reich

LITT 3206 Literature After the Holocaust
LITT 3318 Literature and Genocide

Additional courses are developed on a regular basis in response to the needs of the undergraduate minor. Courses not on this list may be acceptable towards the minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. However, such approval must be given by the Coordinator of Holocaust and Genocide Studies before the student takes the course.


SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES
Undergraduates studying for the minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies are eligible to apply to The Richard Stockton College 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 College and the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, is housed in the Stockton College 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 College. 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM, the Coordinator of the minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Her office is J-107; her email is Carol.Rittner@Stockton.edu; and her telephone is (609) 652-4553. The Holocaust Resource Center has other resources, as does the online journal, Dimensions, an online journal about holocaust study. You can also reach the coordinator through Coordinator of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205, Phone: (609) 652-4553.

 

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 THE FACULTY
 

Michael R. Hayse (1996), Associate Professor of History; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; M.A., University of Maryland; B.A., Dartmouth College; Modern European history, German history, Eastern European history, history of the Holocaust.

Marion Hussong (2002), Professor of Literature and Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Ph.D., M.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Rutgers, The State University; Holocaust Literature, 19th and 20th century German and Austrian literature, comparative literature, children’s literature.

Murray Kohn (1987), Professor of Holocaust Studies; D.D., The Jewish Theological Seminary; D.J.L., (Jewish Theological Seminary), People’s University, Herzlia Jewish Teachers Institute; B.R.E., Jewish Theological Seminary of America; B.A., Brooklyn College; Fellow of Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Eastern Europe during the Holocaust, history of the Holocaust.

Carol Rittner (1994), Distinguished Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Professor of Holocaust Studies, Coordinator of Holocaust and Genocide Studies; D.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University; M.T.S., St. John’s Seminary; M.A., University of Maryland; B.A., Misericordia University; women during the Holocaust and other genocides, theological issues related to the Holocaust and other genocides, rescue during the Holocaust, Jewish- Christian relations; genocides in the 20th and 21st centuries; rape as a weapon of war and genocide. 

 

ASSOCIATED FACULTY

 

Paul Bartrop (2011-2012), Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies; Ph.D., Monash University, Australia.

Patrick Henry (2013-2014), Cushing Eells Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Literature and Foreign Languages, Whitman College; Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies; Ph.D., Rice University.

Nili Karen (Spring, 2011; 2012-2013), Ida E. King Distinguished visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies; Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Maryann McLoughlin (2000), Assistant Supervisor of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center; Ph.D., M.A., Temple University, literature of genocide and upheaval, music and the Holocaust, women and genocide, Holocaust literature, Asian and African Literature.

Christina Morus (2008), Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Ph.D., University of Georgia; comparative genocide, the rhetoric of mass violence and genocide.

Dalia Ofer (Spring 2008), Professor of Holocaust Studies, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ida E. King Distinguished visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies.

Michael Phayer (2006-2007), Director, Institute for Family Studies, Marquette University, 1987-2000; Ph. D., University of Munich; Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies.

Gail H. Rosenthal (1991), Director of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center
M.A., The Richard Stockton College of NJ; B.S., Temple University; education, Holocaust Resource Center internships.

Samuel Totten (2009-2010), Professor of education, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Ed.D. Columbia University; Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies.

Judith Vogel (2001), Associate Professor of Mathematics; Ph.D., M.A., Temple University; B.A., The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; children during the Holocaust.