Chapman War and Society Program Continues to Build Momentum

Chapman University’s graduate program in War and Society studies, created in 2015, is fast becoming a national leader in teaching about U.S. foreign policy and national security issues. The program’s mission is to examine how societies go to war, experience war, and deal with war’s consequences. Given that the United States is in an era of “perpetual war,” there is no more important topic of study when it comes to our nation’s security.

This past year Chapman partnered with the Richard Nixon Foundation to create a fellowship for a U.S. State Department foreign service officer to earn their MA at Chapman before returning to serve in posts around the globe. In September, the War and Society program hosted a panel discussion with former national security advisor the President, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

Students also have done tremendous work with outreach to the local community. A semester-long project on war, myth, and memory resulted in an exhibit titled “Remembering War in Southern California,” which will be on display at Chapman through January 2019.

Future plans include working on gaining fellowships with USAID and the U.S. Department of Defense, creating scholarships to attract the best students from across the country to engage with issues related to our national security, and building a sustainable Center for the Study of War and Society to serve as a national resource for military leaders and civilian policymakers.

For more information on being a part of our program, contact Professor Greg Daddis at