Despite great strides in science and technology, the modern world continues to be plagued by war and social conflicts. A growing number of institutions of higher education have come to the conclusion that just as we have service academies to educate young people in the ways of war, we need Peace Studies programs to train students in the techniques necessary for peaceful solutions to world problems. Chapman is proud to be at the forefront of this movement, and is one of the few universities to offer a full scale peace studies major.
The mission of the Peace Studies Program is to educate students about the causes of violence and war, to train them in the history and techniques of peacemaking and encourage them to pursue careers that will promote peace and justice in both the global and local arenas. This training begins by promoting discussion within the Chapman curriculum and community about the moral and ethical dimensions of war and peace.
The B.A. in Peace Studies is excellent preparation for those seeking to pursue careers in international affairs, whether through the Foreign Service, Peace Corps, the United Nations, or international Non-Governmental Organizations. Areas of involvement might include human rights, social and economic development, disarmament, conflict analysis, and general peacemaking.
In March 2016, Chapman University's Model United Nations Course Travelled to New York City for a one-week NMUN Conference. Chapman represented the country of Canada through the one-week convention and was awarded "Outstanding Delegation" ... take a look!