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Career Planning with a Holocaust and Genocide Studies Degree

Web Resources

Peace and Collaborative Development Network: Website includes several incredibly helpful guides to careers, academic programs (master’s and PhD), funding, research, teaching resources, practice in peace building, international development, human rights, and related fields.

Idealist: Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Website includes job, internship, and volunteer listings with free automatic notifications for opportunities matching your interests and location.

LaunchingU: The website offers career coaching for college students and new graduates. Services offered include individual sessions, small groups, and specific topic-related seminars. Programs are staffed by Susan Hay, a Keene resident, and Emily Porschitz, a KSC faculty member.

Internship Opportunities

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Study Abroad Opportunities

Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland): The Jagiellonian University is a research university founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great in Kazimierz. It is the oldest university in Poland, the second oldest university in Central Europe and one of the oldest universities in the world. The HGS department at KSC has a unique and privileged relationship with Jagiellonian, allowing us to place several students a year for a semester of study with coursework specific to our major (as well as an introductory class in the Polish language).

SIT Study Abroad (Brattleboro, VT): A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT Study Abroad (based in Brattleboro, VT) provides academically engaging semester and summer programs in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East for undergraduate students. SIT Study Abroad programs examine critical global issues in a specific cultural and geographical context. Studying with host country faculty and living with families, students gain a deep appreciation for local cultures, develop language skills, and become immersed in diverse topics ranging from the politics of identity to post-conflict transformation, from global health to environmental policy. Of particular relevance to the HGS major would be programs in Rwanda, Uganda, the former Yugoslavia, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil.

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Boren Awards for International Study: Scholarships for undergraduate students to study in world regions critical to US interests and fellowships for graduate students to add an important international and language component to their studies.

Humanity in Action Fellowship: The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Separate programs take place for five weeks every summer in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris or Lyon, and Warsaw.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship: The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

Rotary Peace Fellowship: The Rotary Peace Fellowship provides peace leaders with two options to pursue academic and practical training in peace and conflict resolution. Candidates can apply for either a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers.

Fulbright Fellowships: Offers fellowship for US students and faculty to study and conduct research/teaching abroad and for international students and faculty to pursue opportunities in the US.

Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program: The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Post-Graduate Service Opportunities

Teach for America: We recruit a diverse group of leaders with a record of achievement who work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community.

City Year: City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.

Peace Corps: The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

World Teach: World Teach is a non-profit organization which provides graduates with yearlong teaching opportunities in 15 countries including India, Thailand, China, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Micronesia, Tanzania, the Marshall Islands, Panama, Bangladesh, Guyana and American Samoa. Volunteers teach English, math, science, computer skills, HIV/Aids education and general elementary education.

CIEE Teach Abroad: The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers paid teaching positions in seven countries (Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam) for university graduates looking to teach English abroad and immerse themselves in a foreign community.

Professional Societies

International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS): The International Association of Genocide Scholars, founded in 1994, is a global, interdisciplinary, non-partisan organization that seeks to further research and teaching about the nature, causes, and consequences of genocide, and advance policy studies on genocide prevention.

International Network of Genocide Scholars (INOGS): The International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) was founded on 14 January 2005 in Berlin in order to provide genocide studies with a non-partisan community in which to research and present analysis on any aspect of (individually defined) genocide studies. Since our founding, we have maintained support of research-led analysis rather than politically defined policy agendas.

International Studies Association: ISA has over 6,200 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association dedicated to international studies.

Peace and Justice Studies Association: The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined field of peace, conflict and justice studies. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies, and is the North-American affiliate of the International Peace Research Association.

Conflict Research Society: The CRS is the prime interdisciplinary forum linking professionals and academics concerned with co-operation and conflict and provides a meeting point for sharing their work.

Association for Conflict Resolution: The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.

International Peace and Security Institute: At IPSI, we passionately design and execute the world’s preeminent training programs for peacebuilding professionals. We are seeking the best and brightest to join our growing global team relentlessly pursuing peace. Summer training programs include month-long courses in Bologna, Italy conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation and The Hague, Netherlands on post-conflict transitions and international justice.

Graduate Programs in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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Clark University (Worcester, MA): The Strassler Center offers two doctoral degree tracks. The History program offers students a range of courses covering a spectrum of topics pertaining to the history of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and comparative genocide. Doctoral candidates in this program earn a Ph.D in history. The intersection of social psychology and history shapes an innovative program in the psychology of genocide. Training in this area opens new perspectives on the antecedent causes for genocide around the globe, the experiences of different victim groups, the effects of group trauma on society, and the possibilities for political prevention and humanitarian intervention. Doctoral candidates in this track earn a Ph.D. in social psychology. Finally, a new partnership with the Graduate School of Geography will pilot an innovative doctoral track. Students working at the intersection of Geography and Genocide will consider the landscapes and spatial dynamics of genocide and mass violence, including the visualization of space and place, population analyses, and resource distribution. Doctoral candidates in this track earn a Ph.D. in geography.

Gratz College (Melrose Park, PA): Gratz College is the first institution to offer an online master’s program (36 credits) in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Those completing the degree online or primarily online will be required to write a 3-credit project or 6-credit thesis as part of their coursework. Gratz also offers a certificate program requiring 18 credits, which may be completed online, on campus, or in a blended program.

Kean University (Union, NJ): The Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (36 credits) at Kean University – one of only three such programs in the United States – is exceptionally poised to inspire leaders in education, human rights, public policy, and other growing professional fields for the 21st century.

*Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Galloway, NJ): The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (36 credits) is a central component of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s commitment to study the history of the Holocaust and other forms of genocide, and to teach the lessons which can be derived from such study. Stockton was the first four-year college in the United States to offer a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

*University of Haifa (Israel): One year program offers a Master of Arts in Holocaust Studies with courses in history of the Holocaust period and WWII, psychological aspects of trauma, anthropology of memory, genocide and crimes against humanity as well as cultural expressions of the Holocaust in film and literature.

West Chester University (West Chester, PA): West Chester University has been a pioneer in Holocaust Studies since 1978 when an undergraduate course on the Holocaust was first offered. The program now includes a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (30 credits) and Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (18 credits).

  • = KSC Graduates Attended

Uppsala Universitet (Sweden): The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. The department offers both Master’s and PhD programmes.

University of Leicester (UK): The Department of Politics and International Relations is pleased to offer funded studentship for entry to its distance learning Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. As with the campus based PhD programme, students undertake a substantial research project that is written up as a thesis of 80,000 words and defended in an oral examination. All distance learning PhD research students are allocated a personal supervisor who will help them plan and manage their research and develop their understanding of relevant research methodology.

University of Ulster (Northern Ireland): The International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) offers a Master’s of Science in Applied Peace & Conflict Studies. There is a strong focus on post-violence peacebuilding, which is appropriate given that the programme is rooted in a society emerging from decades of protracted violence. The programme is located on the Magee Campus in the city of Derry/Londonderry along the shores of Lough Foyle in the north west of Northern Ireland.

Queen’s University (Belfast, Northern Ireland): Queen’s University offers four separate Master’s programmes in Conflict and Conflict Transformation. The programmes include Comparative Ethnic Conflict; Violence, Terrorism and Security; Political Psychology; and Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. While at peace, Northern Ireland remains a deeply divided society and provides on a daily basis examples of how ethnic identity shapes political attitudes.  Thus, students are presented on their own doorstep with material for developing a deeper understanding of ethnicity and ethnic identity. 

*Georgetown University (Washington, DC): Housed in the Department of Government, the two-year multidisciplinary Master of Arts program in Conflict Resolution accepted its first cohort of students in the 2005-2006 academic year. Now entering its tenth year, the program has established itself as a world-class conflict resolution program. One of the Conflict Resolution Program’s unique strengths is that the curriculum is built on a core set of multidisciplinary courses that provide students with conflict resolution practice and theory. The program places a strong emphasis on conflict mainstreaming, which trains students to apply conflict resolution skills and analysis across diverse sectors in both domestic and international settings ranging from humanitarian relief, development, and corporate social responsibility to youth development, gender, and the health sector.

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HGS News

August 21, 2017 –

Keene State’s Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Dr. Jim Waller was interviewed for a National Geographic article, "What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil." In the aftermath of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the author turns to science to understand why humans are capable of unspeakable…

May 19, 2017 –

Each fall semester, beginning this fall (2017), Keene State will be welcoming an international scholar to campus as part of the Global Fellowship program, a joint initiative between the College and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR). The Global Fellows are selected from a pool of international alumni…

April 14, 2017 –

The International Association of Genocide Scholars has awarded Jim Waller , Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, its inaugural Engaged Scholarship Prize. The award recognizes scholars who engage beyond the academic community by sharing their scholarship and expertise, particularly with policymakers.

In his letter nominating Dr. Waller, Dr. Tibi…

April 3, 2017 –

During a recent trip to Washington, DC, hosted by the Cohen Center at Keene State, students learned from the extensive exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and connected with alumna Emily Robinson ’16, who currently works at the museum in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center…

March 21, 2017 –

Is the United States on a path that could lead to a future where genocide is considered a reasonable political, social, national, and economic strategy? What are the warning signs? Is there anything citizens can do to change such a course? The Center for the Development of International Law (CDIL)…