Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Certificate)

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Have you ever wondered where the phrase "never forget" comes from? Through the study of the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity, you will gain a foundation to educate others and assess responses to genocides in the world today.

Program Description

Certificate Awarded: Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Certificate)

The graduate certificate in Holocaust and genocide studies recognizes the importance of studying the Holocaust and other acts of genocide in order to give students the necessary contextualization to educate others while offering ideas about representation, memorialization and commemoration. The certificate provides graduate students with the theoretical and historiographical grounding for understanding the Holocaust as a watershed event and using it as a lens to examine other genocides in world history. Students analyze these acts in research seminars and engage in interdisciplinary explorations of genocides and their representations in society, examining oral histories and material culture.

The program also allows students to engage in experiential opportunities at public-facing organizations dedicated to Holocaust and genocide awareness and education.

Degree Requirements

Curriculum Plan Options

  • 18 credit hours

Required Core (3 credit hours)
HST 570 Readings in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (3)

Other Requirements (3 credit hours)
HST 571 Holocaust: Collaboration and Resistance (3) or
HST 454 History of Genocide (3) or
HST 598 Topic: Holocaust, War and German Memory (3)

Electives (12 credit hours)

Additional Curriculum Information
Courses in other requirements can be replaced with advisor approval. Students should see the unit for an approved list of elective topics.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. graduate admissions application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. professional resume
  5. written statement
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Admission Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

The personal statement should be about 500 words in length, be addressed to the admission committee, and explain the applicant's educational background and training, career goals, familiarity with the study of the Holocaust and other genocides, and detail why the applicant is pursuing the certificate.

For the written statement, applicants will be prompted to write a short response (500--800 words) to a question related to the study of genocide. This response will serve to demonstrate to the committee a student's writing ability and potential for thoughtful participation in graduate coursework.

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Study abroad is an option for graduate students. There are more than 50 program opportunities, with programs on every continent. Faculty-directed programs tend to be the best fit for graduate students; taking courses with ASU professors over the summer or during academic breaks offers students close mentorship and professional network growth in many fields of study while they earn ASU credit. Exchange program participation is also possible with careful planning. These study abroad courses will be elective options for students.

The Holocaust and genocide studies certificate program offers a professional experience elective that takes place abroad. Students need to consult with the academic unit directly for more information about this professional experience option.

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Application Deadlines



Session A/C
July 25th
Session B
September 18th



Session A/C
December 10th
Session B
February 12th



Session A/C
April 18th

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared with the training needed for careers in education, research, teaching, government service, public history and a host of other positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. They serve as first-rate historians, researchers and consultants, foreign service officers, management professionals, community organizers and public servants.

Other career examples include:

  • archivist
  • collections manager
  • college instructor
  • editor
  • museum coordinator
  • national parks historian and park ranger
  • nonprofit director
  • teacher

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Program Contact Information

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