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 Center for American War Letters
- The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education
- The Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library
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.