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Program Change

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Fall 2008

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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 pvincent@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Paul Vincent, 358-2722, pvincent@keene.edu PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or bold face proposed changes. Program addition Change in requirements* Program redesign Program deletion Other: prefix change *Please note that changes pertaining to admission requirements for a major require approval of the Senate Academic Standards Committee. CURRENT PROGRAM: The minor in Holocaust Studies combines historical background with an interdisciplinary exploration of the Holocaust through film, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and other History offerings. The following curriculum will help students develop a firm knowledge of the Holocaust as an event, and an understanding of its precipitating factors and legacy. With a deeper awareness of such issues as prejudice, discrimination, and racism, students should be better able to analyze contemporary political situations and think critically about ethical responsibility. 20 credits Holocaust Studies (4 credits) • HIST 252/HOLO 252 The Holocaust Note: Within the Breadth & Depth sections combined, students must select courses from at least three disciplines. Breadth Courses (8 credits) Select two of the following: • PHIL 231 Comparative Religion • PHIL 320 Ethics • HIST 253 The Second World War • ENG 260 Readings in World Literature: Bible as Literature (specific title required) • HOLO 290 Special Topics • HOLO/IDAH 290 A History of Judaism • SOC 327 Sociology of Genocide • HIST 351 Nineteenth-Century Germany HGS Minor Updated 29 April 2008 2 • PSYC 495 Seminar: Prejudice (specific title required) Depth Courses (8 credits) Select two of the following: • ENG 251/HOLO 251 Literature of the Holocaust • HOLO 254 Women and the Holocaust • PHIL 313/HOLO 313 Philosophy and the Holocaust • SOC 326/HOLO 326 Sociology of the Holocaust • FILM 352 Film Genres and Directors: The Holocaust (specific title required) • HIST 353/HOLO 353 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust • HOLO 490 Advanced Topics in Holocaust Studies • HOLO 495 Seminar • HOLO 497 Internship • HOLO 498 Independent Study PROPOSED PROGRAM: The minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies combines historical background with an interdisciplinary exploration of both the Holocaust and genocide through film, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, religious studies, and other offerings. The following curriculum will help students develop a firm knowledge of the Holocaust as an event, and an understanding of its precipitating factors and legacy. With a deeper awareness of such issues as prejudice, discrimination, and racism, students should be better able to analyze contemporary political situations and think critically about ethical responsibility. 20 credits Holocaust and Genocide Studies (8 credits – required) • IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 The Holocaust • IIHGS 255 Genocide Of the remaining 3 courses (12 credits), one must be a Holocaust elective (4 credits) and one must be a genocide elective (4 credits), as specified by course title. Two courses (8 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 495 Seminar (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) HGS Minor Updated 29 April 2008 3 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 495 Seminar (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 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will demonstrate: a. Knowledge of the Holocaust, and greater understanding of its historical and precipitating factors, and its legacy. b. Understanding of the concept of genocide, as distinct from mass murder, and enhanced understanding of the circumstances under which it can occur, the factors that may precipitate it, and its legacy. c. An enhanced ability to explore and analyze the Holocaust through multiple disciplines and perspectives. d. A greater awareness of relevant ethical issues such as prejudice, discrimination, and racism. e. An enhanced ability to think critically, and write and speak effectively, about issues related to genocide and the Holocaust. RATIONALE: Keene State College has supported an interdisciplinary minor in Holocaust Studies since 2002-03. During the past three years, faculty members engaged in that program have evolved an expanded academic option that combines genocide studies with an undergraduate major. As a separate document, that proposed new program is being evaluated concurrently with this redesign of the minor. Given the new Holocaust- and genocide-related courses planned for the new baccalaureate program, it is only proper to expand and HGS Minor Updated 29 April 2008 4 redefine the options open to students wishing to pursue no more than a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The new minor will continue to address the unsurpassed horrors of the Holocaust while at the same time speaking to the interdisciplinary and integrative studies’ mission embraced by Keene State College in the early 21st century. With enhanced substance, the minor will address issues of discrimination, persecution, and genocide that plague a world seeking tolerance, diversity, international cooperation, and peace. The redesigned minor will provide new background for young adults entering public service while, at the same time, helping provide a diverse liberal arts education. Nazi Germany 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 propose this redesigned minor at Keene State College. RESOURCES: The family of Richard and Jan Cohen provided the College with a substantial endowment in 2007 needed to both expand our purview into genocide studies while providing the resources needed to offer a major. These changes enhance our existing minor. 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. A new offering on the history of eugenics will be provided by a member of the History Department. 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 needed addition by instructing a new curriculum-oriented course, Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide. 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 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 more than sufficient to meet the teaching needs of the redesigned minor. The 4,500 volumes and ca. 300 videos currently in the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies are sufficient to meet all needs for the Holocaust Studies portion of the minor, and this resource base is now being systematically enhanced to meet the redesigned minor's genocide needs. 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: Sought from the following departments/disciplines: English: Date_30 Sept 2008_______ For:____12______ Against:___0______ Abstain:___1_____ Absent:___1______ Film Studies: Date_30 Sept 2008___ For:_____5______ Against:___0______ Abstain:__0_______ Absent:__0______ History: Date___18 Sept 2008______ For: ______3_____ Against:___3______ Abstain:____0_____ Absent:__1_______ Holocaust Studies: Date 12 Sept 08 For:_____8____Against:____0______ Abstain:____0__ Absent:______0____ Phil/Comm: Date:_30 September 2008_ For:____12______ Against:___0_____ Abstain: ___0______ Absent:__0______ HGS Minor Updated 29 April 2008 5 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 Stud: Date__17 Sept 2008_____ For:____6_______ Against:___0______ Abstain:___0______ Absent:__0______

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Senate Curriculum Committee

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English

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Keene State College

HGS Minor Program Proposal

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