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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of History

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Alexander Bay, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Keene, Slayton;
Associate Professors: Bay, Klein, Threat;
Instructional Associate Professor: Cumiford;
Assistant Professors: Jarquin, Koerber;
Instructional Assistant Professor: Fouser.

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 archival management.

Departmental Honors
The history faculty award departmental honors to graduating senior history majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic work in history. To be considered for departmental honors, students must achieve a GPA that ranks them in the top 25 percent of senior history majors. The department also gives an outstanding senior award each year to a graduating senior based on GPA, participation in Phi Alpha Theta and quality of the senior thesis.

Extracurricular Opportunities
In addition to an outstanding curriculum, the major in history at Chapman offers students opportunities to work on projects associated with the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education. The department also offers study abroad experiences in London and other cities. Internships at area archives and museums are available. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society, is offered to students with a GPA of 3.100 in 12 credits of history courses and an overall GPA of 3.000. Phi Alpha Theta sponsors graduate school workshops, lectures, films and trips that are open to all members of the Chapman community. Members of Phi Alpha Theta enjoy opportunities to travel to regional and national student conferences to deliver papers and can enter competitions for scholarships and prizes offered by the national Phi Alpha Theta headquarters.

Graduate Study in History at Chapman
Chapman University offers the Master of Arts in War and Society as either a one-year accelerated program or a two-year, interdisciplinary course of study that expands 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. 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 and war and the Holocaust. Methodologically the program emphasizes exploring theoretical frameworks, professional historical practices and diverse historical materials including written, visual and oral historical evidence. For more information, see the Chapman Graduate Catalog.


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