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The Uniqueness of  the Programs and Courses of the American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences

 The programs and courses at the American School of Genealogy are unique in various ways.  Webster’s Dictionary[1]  defines “unique “ as  “unequaled  or  matchless.”

A World Perspective in Genealogy

First the American School in its guiding mission statement takes a world perspective of the emerging field of genealogical and heraldic studies, and its teaching and learning, with its international  approach  through its learned, internationally known and experienced faculty.  Genealogical studies are conceived to become a scientific discipline and the American School is paving the way toward this goal.

Content Uniqueness

Students who graduate from the Post Graduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies will be leaders in the field of genealogical and heraldic studies. They will be expected to be knowledgeable and competent not only to teach but also, to design, develop  and evaluate courses and programs in the field . At the American School of Genealogy, some students will be expected to become consultants in research and development of genealogical curriculum programs.

The content of our Post Graduate Program is designed with the genealogical related disciplines such as sociology, history, anthropology, studies in heraldry, and the historical role of the crusades. The program will also contain significant emphasis on genetics and microbiology .

In the Certificate Program, students are taught the importance of theory and its critical presence in higher education and disciplinary sciences.  Students are expected to be able to be knowledgeable as to what is theoretical work, with its theoretical constructs as distinguishable from non-theoretical works.

  Introduction of Curriculum Development 

Studies in curriculum development are a part of the program at the postgraduate level. In the American School we have initiated the subject of curriculum development at this level. Other programs, besides the American School , are not keyed to the graduate level of education.

Further, studying at the graduate level will compel the student to develop the higher levels of cognitive skills from Bloom” s Taxonomy[2] as we are requiring work using the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. [3]

The students at the American School are also required to develop a curriculum for a course they will teach or a presentation they may give at a national conference.

Students can apply for teaching assistant position and receive assistance by qualified mentors who have two to three degrees in education and have experience in training tutors and teachers.


Finally our postgraduate program is a unique field of study in genealogy and heraldry for the final module is a research section in which the students are taught standard qualitative and quantitative research procedures. The student will obtain the skills of doing a research project, of their choice,  which may be extended and developed into their master’s degree project.

A World Class Faculty

The management team along with its committed faculty are responsible for the myriad of tasks necessary to meet the operational demands of these qualifiers for the School’s uniqueness.  The faculty of the American School has been drawn from an international master and dissertation base and hired for their expertise in different areas of study needed  to achieve the goals of the School.

[1] New Collegiate Dictionary, G and C Merriam,  Springfield Mass., 1960, p. 930.

[2] Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Handbook 1 Cognitive Domain, London: Longman Group, ltd, 1956.

[3] Ibid.