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Assistant Professor Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Ashley Greene

Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Overview

The Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies (HGS) at Keene State is the only four-year BA degree of its kind in the United States with both a major and a minor. The program prepares students to analyze contemporary political situations, think critically about ethical responsibility, and respond actively to injustice. As an interdisciplinary department, our students take courses from core faculty with training in history, peace studies, political psychology, education, and modern languages; as well as courses from affiliated faculty trained in sociology, music, literature, philosophy, film studies, women and gender studies, and American studies.

During their years at Keene State, Holocaust and Genocide Studies majors hone critical thinking skills, develop a sense of global and local awareness, study conflict resolution, and begin a lifelong commitment to civic engagement. Our HGS majors have gone on to internationally renowned graduate programs, including Georgetown University, Queen’s University-Belfast, Northeastern University, Utrecht University, and the University of Haifa. Others have forged outstanding career paths, including work in government positions, non-governmental organizations, law, public history, teaching, counseling, journalism, human rights advocacy, and more.

Studying Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State is not limited to the classroom. Our students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad, with many choosing to study in Krakow, Poland at the Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University. A number of opportunities are available for summer or semester-long internships. In the past, our students have interned at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Borgen Project.

Additionally, Keene State is home to the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, one of the nation’s oldest Holocaust resource centers. The Center regularly attracts internationally renowned scholars who deliver public lectures and visit our classes.

All Holocaust and Genocide Studies majors are eligible for a Degree in Three. Additionally, students who major in Holocaust and Genocide Studies – and are a resident of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, or Vermont – are eligible for a reduced tuition through the New England Regional Student Program.

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Career and Other Opportunities

Graduates in Holocaust and genocide studies are prepared to make a difference in:

  • graduate school (particularly in history and Holocaust and genocide studies)
  • law
  • education
  • public and social policy
  • social justice
  • public service

Outcomes

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies program directs undergraduates in a broad area of study linking history, literature, film, philosophy, psychology, women’s studies, religious studies, sociology, and more. With an understanding of such issues as prejudice, discrimination, and racism, you’ll be equipped to analyze contemporary political situations, think critically about ethical responsibility, and respond actively to injustice.

Whether I’m reading from a microfilm of documents from the 1930s/40s or a newspaper article from last week, being able to analyze the greater, or lesser, implications of those documents is an important skill. The Holocaust and Genocide Studies major also prepared me to be able to emotionally deal with working with traumatic subject matter on a pretty regular basis.
–Emily Leffingwell Robinson, Contractor, University Programs Division, Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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