»MA in War and Society

War and Society scholars expand the study of warfare beyond its military, diplomatic, and political dimensions by examining the social and cultural aspects of how societies go to war, experience war, and its consequences. This program is built around the themes and methodological approaches that comprise the field of war & society studies. All courses connect to these themes and methodological approaches, offering a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective on the field of war and society. In addition to a shared core of themes and methodological approaches, the program focuses on the lived experience and consequences of war. This emphasis builds on the unique resources available at Chapman University:

The war and society graduate program builds on the proven success of our undergraduate history program and develops graduate-level mastery in the same skills-based model by focusing on student writing, personalized education, faculty-student research, and critical thinking. While the core of the program rests on history classes, the program draws upon faculty in sociology, political science, english, creative writing, languages, religion, and law to integrate interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing historical materials into the program. 

The thematic areas that comprise the War and Society program are:

  • War and Race
  • War and Gender
  • War and Empire
  • War and Justice
  • War and Migration
  • War and Culture
  • War and Science
  • War and the Military Experience
  • War and the Holocaust

Methodologically the program emphasizes exploring theoretical frameworks, professional historical practices, and practicalities of using diverse historical materials including written, visual, and oral historical evidence. 

+-Admission Requirements

MA in War and Society

Deadline: Rolling for Fall 2015

  • Official transcripts from baccalaureate degree granting institution.
  • A graduate admission test is required for applicants with a bachelor's degree cumulative GPA is 3.0 or below.  Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99, may be considered for admission by submitting a satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with minimum scores of Verbal: 150, Quantitative: 145, and Analytical Writing: 4.0 or by demonstrating significant relevant professional experience. 
  • A 500 word essay stating reasons for pursuing the M.A. in War and Society. 
  • A writing sample of 1200 words that demonstrates competency in scholarly writing. 
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to academic preparation and aptitude for graduate study.
  • Resume

4+1 Integrated Undergraduate/ MA in War and Society

Deadline: January 15, 2015 for Fall admittance

  • Junior standing.
  • Successful completion of HIST 296.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • A 500 word essay stating reasons for pursuing the M.A. in War and Society. 
  • A writing sample of 1200 words that demonstrates competency in scholarly writing. 
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to academic preparation and aptitude for graduate study.
  • Resume

+-Central Learning Outcomes

  1. Globalization: Students will demonstrate expertise in collecting and evaluating primary and secondary transnational sources using appropriate war and society methodologies. 

  2. Student Writing: Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate an original historical argument in thesis-driven academic essays (including a masters’ thesis), apply appropriate methods of citation, and use a clear writing style that conveys historical knowledge, ideas and evidence in a mature, readily understood manner. 

  3. Faculty-Student Research: Students will prepare and revise a masters’ thesis in consultation with a faculty mentor which they will present at a formally organized history conference and submit for research grants and publication. 

  4. Personalized Education: Students will develop a critical stance in relation to historical arguments and methodologies and formulate an original historical argument supported by primary and secondary sources.

  5. Interdisciplinarity: Students will utilize interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing historical materials. 

+-Curriculum

Total number of units: 33

Students will take:

  • 9 units of core courses
  • 6 units of History Readings Seminars
  • 6 units of History Research Seminars
  • 12 units of electives, at least two of which are in a discipline other than history
  • Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA after completing 15 units of the program to continue.
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