» Recommended Classes for First-Year Peace Studies Majors

Here are the classes that we recommend you take during your first year as an Peace Studies major at Chapman. 

For your first semester, we recommend taking 12-15 credits (most classes are 3 credits; those with labs are 4). You must be enrolled in 12 credits to be considered a full-time status student. The recommended courses below will put you at 15 credits per semester (fall and spring). 

Introductory Math Requirement

First year students must either waive or complete Math 100/L (Learning and Studying Mathematics for Understanding I, with a required lab component) in their first semester. For more information, visit our Math Placement webpage

General Education Classes

You can choose a General Education (GE) class from any GE category – it’s your choice. In general, the following GE areas are recommended to begin/complete during your first year:

GE Language Study (strongly recommended)
GE Written Inquiry
GE Quantitative Inquiry

Note: Some GE courses may “double count” with your major or minor. Students can share up to 9 credits between major and GE requirements and can share up to 6 credits between minor and GE requirements. Visit the General Education Program site to review the GE policies and see a list of approved courses for each GE area.

You can learn more about general education on our General Education: How it Works page.


Fall Semester

FFC 100D - You Choose! 
Credits: 3

All first-year students at Chapman have to take First Year Foundations. The class will introduce you to college and there is a different topic for every major. As a Peace Studies major, you must select an FFC 100D option from the Wilkinson College - Engaging the World category. 

PCST 150 - Introduction to Peace Studies
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor exploration
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor exploration
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor exploration
Credits: 3


Spring Semester

PCST class  
Credits: 3

Note: Choose one of the following lower division major elective courses (required core courses are bolded): PCST 200, PCST 201, PCST 239, PCST 240, PSCT 251, PCST 253, REL 120, POSC 120, POSC 130, FSN 201, HIST 211, SOC 225, HIST 228, SOC 281, HIST 297. 

PCST class or GE class/Minor Exploration
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor exploration
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor exploration
Credits: 3

GE class or Minor exploration
Credits: 3