Genocide & Holocaust Studies


Seton Hill Holocaust Lecturer Focuses on Dangers of Intolerance

Tribune-Review, May 5, 2015

“As a child of Croatian immigrants, I was exposed to a lot of history and culture that was not exactly tolerant of others... it wasn't until my experience at Yad Vashem and at Seton Hill that I finally found some hope in the idea of teaching tolerance."

Click here to read more about John Capin's experience at Seton Hill.

This online program assists current and future teachers, scholars and Holocaust educators to understand the forces behind genocide by engaging in comparative study of genocides of the past and present and by examining the horrific crime of the Holocaust. Educators are provided with the tools needed to present information on the Holocaust and other forms of genocide to students in an age-appropriate and emotionally supportive manner.

This program is also open to anyone interested in studying genocide and the Holocaust to have a fuller understanding of the political, social and religious issues that give rise to acts of genocide, and how the lessons of history inform possible responses to the genocides that exist in the world today.

Study Abroad

Opportunities to study in Poland or Israel are available for graduate students who wish to further expand their intercultural understanding of the Holocaust and genocide.

Summer Institute in Israel

Every summer the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill sponsors a three-week institute for educators at Yad Vashem, the world center for Holocaust research in Israel. Students in this online certificate program are eligible to attend, and to earn three credits toward their certificate. The generous support of Ethel LeFrak makes it possible for the University to offer tuition assistance.

Ethel LeFrak Scholarships & Opportunities

  • The Ethel LeFrak Student Scholars of the Holocaust Fund. Students in the Genocide and Holocaust Studies Program at Seton Hill can apply for a scholarship through the LeFrak Student Scholars of the Holocaust Fund to offset the costs of tuition, research or travel associated with the program.
  • The Ethel LeFrak Outstanding Student Scholar of the Holocaust Award. This $1,000 award is presented annually to a student of the program who writes a reflection paper that best demonstrates a keen and advanced understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust or another specific act of genocide.

Graduate Studies Discount

Seton Hill directly supports graduate students through a university-funded discount to help offset tuition costs. The Graduate Studies Discount underwrites 20% of tuition for new students, and 25% of tuition for Seton Hill alumni.