Document Type

Program Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 30 September 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Holocaust Studies, Paul Vincent PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Paul Vincent, 358-2722, PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or bold face proposed changes. Program addition Change in requirements* Program redesign Program deletion Other: Delete all HOLO Courses New prefix: HGS *Please note that changes pertaining to admission requirements for a major require approval of the Senate Academic Standards Committee. CURRENT PROGRAM: There is currently a minor in Holocaust Studies. PROPOSED PROGRAM: Bachelor of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Students examine both the Holocaust and the broader topic of genocide. The graduate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is prepared to support curriculum development in the social studies and history, and to pursue careers in social and governmental service. The major also prepares students for graduate studies in history as well as Holocaust and genocide studies, and for other post-graduate work, such as law. The program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is rooted in the conviction that the Holocaust was a cataclysmic episode in the course of Western history impacting culture, society, politics, ethics, science, and religion, and that there is no discipline in the academy untouched by its shadow. In a world still tormented by mass murder and genocide, the program also rests on the moral imperative that learning from both the past and present may serve as a basis of hope for the future. The program combines historical background with an interdisciplinary exploration of both the Holocaust and other genocidal events through film, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, religious studies, women's studies, and other offerings. With an understanding of such issues as prejudice, discrimination, and racism, students are equipped to analyze contemporary political situations, think critically about ethical responsibility, and respond actively to injustice. Students selecting a Holocaust and Genocide Studies major are required to complete 36 credit hours in the field, 12 of which (i.e., three courses) are specified below. Of the remaining 6 course electives (24 credits), one must be a Holocaust elective (4 credits) and one must be a genocide elective (4 credits), as designated by course title (see below). Three of the six electives (12 credits) must be at the 300-level or higher. HGS Major Updated 29 April 2008 2 Holocaust and Genocide Studies (12 credits – required) • IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 The Holocaust • IIHGS 255 Genocide • HGS 495 Seminar or HGS 499 Senior Project Of the remaining 6 courses (24 credits), one must be a Holocaust elective (4 credits) and one must be a genocide elective (4 credits), as specified by course title. Three electives (12 credits) must be at the 300-level or higher. Holocaust-specific electives: • IHHGS 251/IHENG 251 Literature of the Holocaust • IIHGS 254/IIWS 254 Women in the Holocaust • HGS 289 Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide (may count for Holocaust or Genocide, not both) • HGS 290 Special Topics (Holocaust must be specified by course title) • HGS 313/PHIL 313 Philosophy and the Holocaust • HGS 326/SOC 326 Sociology of the Holocaust • HGS 340 Film and the Holocaust • HGS 353/HIST 353 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust • HGS 356 The Holocaust and the Christian World • HGS 490 Advanced Special Topics (Holocaust must be specified by course title) • HGS 497 Internship (Holocaust must be specified by course title) • HGS 498 Independent Study (Holocaust must be specified by course title) Genocide-specific electives: • HGS 289 Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide (may count for Holocaust or Genocide, not both) • HGS 290 Special Topics (Genocide must be specified by course title) • HGS 327/SOC 327 Sociology of Genocide • HGS 374 Comparative Genocide • HGS 427/SOC 427 Sociological Topics in Genocide • HGS 490 Advanced Special Topics (Genocide must be specified by course title) • HGS 497 Internship (Genocide must be specified by course title) • HGS 498 Independent Study (Genocide must be specified by course title) Other electives: • IHPHIL 220 Ethics • PHIL 231 Comparative Religion • IHHGS 232 Introduction to Judaism • IHHGS 233 A History of the Jews • IHHIST 253 The Second World War • HHHGS 256 Religion and Violence • HIST 351 19th-Century Germany • HGS 373/HIST 373 Race, Disability, and Eugenics HGS Major Updated 29 April 2008 3 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will demonstrate: a. Knowledge of the Holocaust, its historical and precipitating factors, and its legacy. b. Understanding of the concept of genocide, as distinct from mass murder, and the circumstances under which it can occur, its precipitating factors, and its legacy. c. An ability to explore and analyze the Holocaust through multiple disciplines and perspectives. d. An understanding of relevant ethical issues such as prejudice, discrimination, and racism. e. The ability to think critically, and write and speak effectively, about issues related to genocide and the Holocaust. RATIONALE: The new baccalaureate program will speak to the multidisciplinary and integrative studies’ mission embraced by Keene State College in the early 21st century, while serving to address in substantial depth issues of discrimination, persecution, and genocide that plague a world seeking tolerance, diversity, international cooperation, and peace. While other colleges and universities offer undergraduate minors in Holocaust and genocide studies, and a few offer graduate programs—Clark University stands alone with a Ph.D.—Keene State College will be on the cutting edge as the first institution to offer an undergraduate major in this field. This should be viewed as a crucial and significant opportunity as students engaged in our minor increasingly express a desire to major in the field. The baccalaureate program will provide significant new background for young adults entering public service while, at the same time, providing a diverse and solid liberal arts education. Nazi Germany, which rejected much of the historical tradition of the West, was utterly defeated and destroyed in 1945. Yet the alarming persistence throughout the world of antisemitism, racial and religious hatred, and genocidal violence makes the in-depth study of the Holocaust and genocide a necessity in the education of our students. Because too few have examined and understood the lessons of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, we face the ongoing challenge of identifying and coming to terms with those conditions that lead to discrimination, intolerance, mass murder, and genocide. Through that effort we seek from our students a heightened sensitivity to respond actively to injustice; a desire to become better people and, thereby, more productive citizens. It is for the sake of our own and future generations that we aim to establish this well-structured academic major at Keene State College. RESOURCES (see attachment from Provost regarding staffing): In 2005 a group of interdisciplinary faculty at Keene State College identified the need to address coherently the Holocaust and genocide in an academic program leading to a baccalaureate degree. To help transform need into reality, the family of Richard and Jan Cohen provided the College with a significant endowment required to expand the current academic program by hiring the Cohen Chair for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 2010. This remarkable gift was accepted by Keene State College. Additionally, the several instructors who either developed the Holocaust Studies minor in 2001 or have since become active participants in that program (i.e., Larry Benaquist, Stephen Clark, Nona Fienberg, Helen Frink, Sander Lee, Therese Seibert, and Paul Vincent), were richly enhanced in 2007-08 when Henry Knight assumed direction of the Holocaust Center and began offering new coursework examining the Holocaust through a theological lens. Tom White—the Center's educational outreach coordinator, a ten-year veteran of the secondary-school classroom, and holder of an M.A. in Teaching from KSC—will provide a new curriculum-oriented course, Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide. A new offering on the history of eugenics will be provided by a member of the History Department. But the essential new component will be the endowed chair ensured by the Cohen gift. Whereas the Sociology of Genocide is currently taught by Prof. Seibert, new HGS Major Updated 29 April 2008 4 genocide-specific offerings will be highlighted in a job ad and offered when the faculty component is enhanced, first in 2009-10 by the one-year hire of a full-time adjunct in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and then from 2010-11 when the newly endowed Cohen Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies joins the faculty. These faculty resources are sufficient to meet the teaching needs of the new major. The 4,500 volumes and ca. 300 videos currently in the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies are sufficient to meet most needs for the Holocaust Studies portion of the major, and this resource base is now being systematically enhanced to meet the proposed major's genocide needs (together with the implications of a name change to Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies). The Mason Library supplements the holdings of the Cohen Center and as with any program of study at the College, the Library’s interlibrary loan department serves as appropriate backup for materials held by neither the Cohen Center nor the library. ADVISORY OPINIONS/DEPARTMENTAL VOTES (see also attachment): Sought from the following departments/disciplines: Education: Date__26 September 2008 For:_____18_____ Against:____0____ Abstain:___0_____ Absent:___2______ English: Date__30 September 2008____ For:____12______ Against:__0_______ Abstain:__1_______ Absent:__1________ Film Studies: Date_30 September 2008____ For:______5_____ Against:___0______ Abstain:___0______ Absent:__0________ History: Date___18 September 2008____ For:____4______ Against:___3_____ Abstain:____0_____ Absent:__0________ Holocaust Studies: Date 12 September 08 For:_____8_______ Against:____0______ Abstain:____0____ Absent:______0____ Philosophy/Communication: Date_30 September 2008_ For:____12______ Against:____0_____ Abstain:___0______ Absent:__0____ Psychology: Date__29 September 2008_ For:_____6______ Against:___0______ Abstain:____0_____ Absent:__0________ Sociology: Date___25 Sept. 2008_____ For:_____7_____ Against:____0____ Abstain:___0____ Absent:_____0___ Women's Studies: Date 17 Sept 2008 For:_____6_____ Against:__0______ Abstain:___0______ Absent:___0______


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HGS Major Program Proposal