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A Chapman University education is more than preparation for graduation day. In the diverse programs that comprise Wilkinson College, students begin living their future before they graduate. In the Wilkinson College tradition, that means students learn how to make a difference in the world around them. Through the guidance of committed faculty, students learn in classrooms and laboratories as well as through internships and community service. Before leaving the university, they begin their lives as informed, engaged citizens.

Wilkinson’s distinguished faculty is composed of active scholars who are renowned nationally and internationally for their academic excellence and contribution to knowledge. But just as important, they are also enthusiastic teachers who take seriously their responsibility of ensuring that our students, whether majors, minors, or graduate students, are prepared for the intellectual, ethical, and professional challenges that a rapidly changing world is going to present.

Wilkinson College First-Year Focus Programs

Engaging the World, Wilkinson College’s First-Year Focus program, combines course-work and extra-curricular programming to promote mindful reflection and thoughtful dialogue around critical social issues of our times. The program encourages students to envision the previously unimaginable and bring disparate ideas together in new configurations to cultivate nuanced and informed responses to current social challenges. Other elements of the program help students successfully navigate the transition from high school to college. Learn more!

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Department of Art

Learn about contemporary visual art and develop techniques with an emphasis on interdisciplinary practice. Contribute as an artist, curator, teacher, and more.

Department of English

Learn from a variety of specialized areas including literary and critical courses in theory; creative writing; journalism; rhetoric and composition; and linguistics.

Department of History

Gain more than the knowledge and tools of history—understand a sense of roots and a broader perspective on the diverse regions and peoples of the world.

Department of Peace Studies

Learn about the causes of violence and war and train in the history and techniques necessary for peaceful solutions to world issues.

Department of Political Science

Discover the great and enduring ideas of political philosophy; concepts and theories central to an understanding of international relations; and the theory and practice of American politics and government.

Department of Religious Studies

Explore the relationship of faith and reason in how we address contemporary challenges of social justice, war and peace, the environmental crisis, medical ethics, human rights, and globalization.

Department of Sociology

Study relationships among human groups and institutions such as family, work, and religion—and learn how behavior is shaped by these relationships.

Department of World Languages and Cultures

The department of World Languages and Cultures offers the study of major world languages such as Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

Graduate Studies in Wilkinson

Wilkinson offers five master's level degrees: Master of Arts in English, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Dual Degree Program: Master of Arts in English and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Arts in International Studies and Master of Arts in War and Society.

Interdisciplinary Minors and Programs

The personalized education Chapman offers enables each student to pursue a uniquely designed academic path and to be part of an engaged campus and the contemporary global scene. Take a look at Wilkinson's 10 Interdisciplinary Minors.

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Wilkinson College houses vibrant discipline-specific and inter-disciplinary undergraduate majors and minors, innovative graduate programs, cutting edge centers, and immersive co-curricular programs.


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