Program Contacts:

Website:  Graduate Certificate in Holocaust Studies

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program
106 Cockefair Hall
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

Dr. Andrew Bergerson
Certificate Advisor at UMKC
Department of History
phone: 816.235.6257

Shelly Cline
Certificate Coordinator at MCHE
phone: 913-327-8195

MALS Program
phone: 816.235.6257

Larson Powell
Director, Humanities Consortium
Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
phone: 816-235-1316


Students often come to the study of the Holocaust and genocide out of a sense of repulsion for these crimes against humanity and a lack of comprehension for how they occur in the first place. Students who complete this Certificate will be able to think critically about how they wish to act in response to them—and will have taken their first concrete steps to do so. They will be able to design and execute works of academic scholarship or academically informed creative work that addresses multi-disciplinary problems in the field of Holocaust Studies in terms of both an integrative approach and its public application in education, lifelong learning, outreach, and/or global citizenship.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Knowledge: Mastery of knowledge of the “big questions” of the Holocaust and genocide studies.
  • Interconnectedness & Contextualization: Understanding the scope of the Holocaust and genocide studies and the relations between aspects of it.
  • Research: The ability to conduct interdisciplinary research in Holocaust and genocide studies.
  • Interdisciplinarity: The ability to think about the Holocaust and genocide studies across disciplinary lines.
  • Analytic & Creative Synthesis: Ability to analyze and synthesize evidence about the Holocaust and genocide studies.
  • Communication: The ability to communicate clearly and effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Application & Relevance: The ability to apply what is learned about the Holocaust and genocide studies in diverse contemporary ethical and political contexts.


  • Total Credit Hours: 18 credit hours, at least 9 of which must be taken at UMKC.
  • Introductory course: This required course introduces students to the “big questions” of Holocaust and genocide studies and to interdisciplinary scholarship. It will be offered each Spring semester and taught by rotating consortium faculty. Students register for this course through the home institutions of the faculty teaching that semester. It is expected that the introductory course is the first course students take in the certificate program. If their enrollment begins in a semester when the course is not offered, students may petition for an exception through their academic adviser.
  • Elective coursework: Students must complete 12 additional credit hours from the list of approved courses at participating institutions. The courses are either classified as Core or Contract courses. A minimum of 6 credit hours of core courses must be completed. Contract courses offer students the flexibility to enroll in a course that addresses the Holocaust and genocide studies indirectly, but require an academic contract between the student and professor stipulating how the course material will meet the learning objectives of the Certificate Program. Only six credit hours of contract courses can be counted toward certificate completion. Certificate Course Contract
  • Capstone Experience: Students are required to complete a 3-credit capstone course in the final semester of their certificate curriculum. This capstone course may coincide with the capstone course for a degree program with a delay of some semesters as needed. Or, it may be an independent reading and research course with an approved member of an affiliated institution’s faculty. The final product would consist of an interdisciplinary scholarly project.
  • Transcripts: In order to receive credit for a course taken at a consortium institution, students are responsible for asking the registrars at the institutions where the courses were taken to send a transcript to the UMKC registrar. Students must provide transcripts to the program coordinator at MCHE from all institutions at which they took courses.
  • Transferring credits: For Certificate purposes, students may transfer only courses approved by the Consortium faculty. If students are also enrolled in a regular degree program at UMKC, courses approved for the Certificate may not be transferred in addition to courses allowed for transfer for a degree. Approval for a Certificate transfer does not guarantee approval for any degree: that decision depends on the guidelines for the relevant degree program.