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Department of History

We provide students with the knowledge and tools of history.

» Welcome to the History Department

Student Poster Presentation History is our collective memory, an understanding of our heritage, of who we are and how we came to be. The history major not only provides students with the knowledge and tools of history, but also provides a sense of roots, as well as a broader perspective on the diverse regions and peoples of the world. Training in history teaches students how to think, how to analyze different kinds of problems, and is solid training for such careers as teaching, law, business, historic preservation, or museums.

Being a History Major at Chapman

The history major at Chapman University provides students with the knowledge and tools of history, but also provides a sense of roots, and a broader perspective on the diverse regions and peoples of the world.  The BA in history teaches students how to think, how to engage in historical inquiry, research, and analysis; explore competing historical and theoretical viewpoints that provide perspective on the past; develop excellent verbal and written communication skills; master digital literacy; and refine collaborative work skills.

What makes Chapman’s History Department unique?  An award-winning undergraduate student online journal; best history honors society in the nation for the last eight years; opportunities for research travel to cities around the world including Washington D.C., London, and Beijing; access to an extensive manuscript collection of previously  unpublished war letters from every American conflicts; and a 4+1 War & Society program allowing students to begin taking MA coursework their senior year and receive an MA in War & Society degree within one year of finishing their undergraduate studies.

These are just some examples of how our majors are not just studying history – they are making it!

History Degree programs, minors, and clusters


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MA War and Society

MA War & Society


Master of Arts Program in War and Society at Chapman University educates graduate-level students in the field of war and society by rigorously examining the social, cultural, political, and moral aspects of how societies go to war, experience war, and deal with war’s consequences.

Learn more about the program