Chapman University is a higher learning institute in Orange, California, in existence since 1851. Also in the city of Orange is the UC Irvine Medical Centre, and the surrounding area was the setting of popular television show The O.C.
Priding itself on an interdisciplinary education, Chapman melds teachings from the social sciences, humanities at sciences at every academic level. One of the most successful courses at Chapman is the B.F.A in Film Production, which has trained well known figures such as Duffer Brothers, creators of hit Netflix show Stranger Things. On the course the fourth year final thesis is a film that will act as a professional portfolio piece when seeking employment in the film industry.
There are twenty 4+1 and Bridge Programmes offering students accelerated five year bachelor and masters degrees, available in courses such as a BS in biological science to MS food science, and an integrated undergraduate/MA in english.
Among the facilities on campus is the Fish Interfaith Centre, accommodating students of all faiths and none in discourse and community support. A theme of Chapman is ‘war and peace’, and the Centre for American War Letters on campus contains previously unpublished letters from soldiers in every military conflict involving the US Army.
Holocaust education is an important aspect of Chapman, and the university offers a minor in Holocaust history. On site there is both the Rodgers Centre for Holocaust Education and the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library, which in 2005 was opened by Nobel Peace Prize winner and novelist Elie Wiesel on the 60th anniversary of his liberation from Buchenwald concentration camp.