“I believe in memory,” a great historian wrote. History is our collective memory, an understanding of our heritage, of who we are and how we came to be. A Bachelors degree in history 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 archival management.
»Bachelor of Arts in History
+-Minor in Holocaust History
The minor includes study of the origins and history of the Holocaust within the context of European history and an exploration of the central themes and topics in current Holocaust research. In support of their classroom learning, students may participate in extracurricular opportunities through the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education lecture series. The series allows students to learn first-hand from extraordinary survivors, such as “Schindler’s List” survivor Leon Leyson, and world-renowned scholars, such as Sir Martin Gilbert.
+-Minor in History and Media
The minor in History and Media is devoted specifically to examining the impact of film, photography and other forms of mass media on the interpretation of historical events. In this minor students will consider the value of these materials as historical documents, as agents of historical change and as appropriate medium for presenting history.
The minor in History and Media requires a total of 21 credits. There is a six credit, two course core. Students must also take five additional courses selected from the list below.
+-Minor in History
A minor in history requires a total of 21 credits in history with at least 12 upper-division credits. Students who wish to design a minor in a particular emphasis should speak with an advisor in the history department.
In addition to an outstanding curriculum, the major in history at Chapman offers students opportunities to work on projects associated with the Center for Cold War Studies and the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education. Among these projects are the well-known Cold War Symposiums, which have brought scholars and statesmen to Chapman including Presidents Bush and Ford, to discuss aspects of the last half century of world history. In addition, we offer some very special study abroad experiences in London, Paris and Madrid. Internships at the National Archives in Laguna Niguel and the Nixon Library are also available.