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MA in History changes….

I am not happy, but there have been some changes in the MA in History degree.

These have been removed:

HIST691 Writing a Thesis Proposal

HIST699 Master of Arts in History – Thesis

Replaced with this:

HIST698 Comprehensive Exam in History (All concentrations except Public History ) 1

Which amounts to a six hour session, while being watched/monitored, answering four essay questions.

Not going to happen.

ANSWER FROM American Public University:

Students who wish to pursue a PhD, or those who have career goals that might require a thesis, can petition the History Department Chair to take the thesis option instead of the comprehensive exam. The thesis petition should be forwarded to the chair before you have completed 24 credit hours. The petition requires you to have developed a solid topic and should include the signatures of two faculty members, one of whom has agreed to serve as the thesis advisor.

MA in Humanities from American Public University

The Master of Arts in Humanities is based on the great ideas, works, and thinkers who defined civilization as embodied in the “great books” tradition established at the University of Chicago and now in use at other leading institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Boston University, and Columbia University. You will evaluate humankind’s fundamental topics through courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. You may find this online master’s degree to be excellent preparation for advanced skills in writing, presenting ideas, and creative problem solving.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

Research, Thinking, and Writing

  • Critically analyze literary works for their contribution to the body of human knowledge.
  • Articulate written positions on ideas that stem from the great works of human thought.
  • Apply classical logic to historical and contemporary issues of human behavior, society, and civilization.

Advanced Knowledge of the Great Works

  • Examine the human experience from multidimensional perspectives from antiquity to modern times through examining leading authors and works of each age.
  • Analyze the origins and implications of the concept of individualism as it applies in concepts of tradition, power, society, and culture.
  • Use advanced science and social science knowledge, methods, and logic to inform and influence scientific and/or social processes and structures.

Core Requirements:

HUMN500 Humanities: Research, Study and Use

HUMN510 The Ancient World

HUMN520 Antiquity and Medieval World

HUMN530 The Renaissance

HUMN541 Enlightenment and the Modern World

HUMN551 Evolution of Life and Intelligence

HUMN555 The 19th Century: Romantic and Industrial Revolutions

Major Requirements: (Pick Four)

HIST557 History and Popular Culture

HIST586 History of Science

HIST588 History of Religion

HUMN550 Evolution of Earth and Universe

HUMN561 Society, Class and Wealth

HUMN571 Individuals, Societies, and the Spirit

Final Program Requirements:

HUMN697 Humanities Capstone Portfolio Seminar

5 Differences Between PhD and PsyD In Clinical Psychology — Simply Mental Health

There are many career pathways to working with patients in a therapy setting: clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, nurse practitioner – to name a few. For those who are interested in registering under the protected term of ‘psychologist’, there are two primary degrees that one can pursue for this career path. These are the PhD […]

5 Differences Between PhD and PsyD In Clinical Psychology — Simply Mental Health

MA in Psychology at American Public University

The Master of Arts in Psychology blends scientific theory and principles with academic research, scholarly and technical writing, and applied skills. This online degree program emphasizes the factors related to human behavior, including lifespan development, social and cultural diversity, personality, human relations, and organizational functioning with concentrations available in general psychology, developmental/personality psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, military and trauma psychology, and child life. Through the online classroom, you will interact with peers and instructors who share your passion for the field of psychology. This MA in Psychology has professional application for business, nonprofit, law enforcement, healthcare, research, and child and family services. The degree may also be preparation for further graduate study.

This program does not provide licensure to engage in clinical practice, preparation for licensure, or professional certification. 

This program has specific admission requirements.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Examined historical and contemporary trends occurring across multiple domains of theory, research and practice within the field of psychology;
  • Applied core concepts of psychology to normal and abnormal individual, social, cultural, and organizational functioning;
  • Constructed discipline-relevant research proposals;
  • Evaluated scholarly resources pertinent to the discipline;
  • Written competently in accordance with the standards of the American Psychological Association;
  • Investigated professional opportunities, responsibilities and challenges experienced by practitioners within the discipline; and
  • Applied the Ethical Principles of the American Psychological Association.

Core Requirements:

PSYC503 Introduction to Scholarly and Technical Writing

PSYC601 Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research

PSYC602 Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research

PSYC550 Professional Ethics and Standards

PSYC502 Tests and Measurements

PSYC610 Multicultural Issues in Human Behavior

Concentration in Developmental/Personality Psychology

Requirements and Electives:

PSYC520 Personality and Counseling Theories

PSYC620 Substance Abuse and Addiction

PSYC526 Psychopathology

PSYC510 Lifespan Development

PSYC511 Learning and Cognition (Elective)

PSYC525 Physiological Psychology (Elective)

Final Program Requirements:

PSYC699 Integrative Capstone Project in Psychology

Total of 39 Graduate level credits and may need to to do one Pre-requisite class in Statistics. There is a DSST test called Principles of Statistics.


Not only have I earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College (History/Psychology/Literature & Writing) and a Certificate in Writing from University of Washington. Now I have earned a TEFL/TESOL 180 hr Certificate from TEFL Hero.


I have spent a very long time worrying about my IQ and for a number of reasons. I have taken IQ tests and joined any/all High IQ societies that would have me eventually belonging to more than a dozen. I decided to go for the gusto and try and join any HiQ societies rated above Mensa. After I join at least one High IQ society above Mensa I started looking around and asking about high end IQ tests. I have now taken at least two high end IQ tests scoring a IQ 137 SD 15 on the self test for International Society for Philosophic Enquiry, but failing to score high enough to join the ISPE. A new social media friend suggested high end tests written by Ivan Ivec. I started printing some up, found one I liked, finished it in really no amount time, and emailed the answers to Ivan in Croatia. I paid the fee and waited three days. With my test results of IQ 147 SD 15, I went looking for High IQ societies to join. I have joined TORR which only accepts people with IQ’s in the top 0.13 percent. I have never been a member of Mensa, now it looks like I don’t have to be.

IQ Goal

My next High IQ goal is to get up for and take take Miller Analogies tests in hopes of becoming a member of Intertel (or higher). Intertel is probably the most well known Top 1% High IQ society.

The Miller Analogies test is used for both a graduate school admissions exam and entrance to High IQ societies. Intertel needs an IQ of 135 to join. Triple Nine Society and TORR need a 145 score. Prometheus needs 160. There are many High IQ societies above Mensa.

Just an Autodidact

I was in a Gifted Child program as a kid. 4th through 6th grade was the first time I felt special. Junior High we were relegated to smart-kid sections. I went to high school hoping for the most amazing experience of my life. I graduated HS with a 2.638 GPA having never opened a textbook, never done homework, never wrote a book report, and never tried. I went to JC to be an auto mechanic. I then joined the United States Air Force to learn to work on aircraft. In Airframe Repair specialist school I tied for first. In NCO school I came in 2nd. I took my skills to Boeing and later retired from Boeing.

About 1997-1998 I had a girlfriend shame me that she was both smarter and had more education than I did. I remembered a book I bought when I got out of the military by John Bear called Earning Degrees by Distance Learning. I started looking around and soon discovered Regents College, a part of the SUNY system. I applied, sent all of my known transcripts from JC and from the Community College of the Air Force. I discovered a website called BA in 4 weeks and wore it out reading and making lists. I bought four big books on the CLEP general tests and marked all of the correct answers. I read only questions and right answers. Soon I had 18 more credits than I started with. I looked at BA in 4 Weeks again and started buying little study books, and after reading two books per test I was soon knocking out other CLEP tests. I have almost two years of college in CLEP tests alone. I discovered DSST tests and did those. I did some ECE tests from Excelsior College and eventually graduated. 3/4 of my BA is by taking nationally standardized tests and that 3/4 of a BA cost me less than $3,000. I taught myself many subjects, but I concentrated in History, Psychology, and Literature credits. After I retired, I earned a Certificate in Writing from the University of Washington. Another NaNoWriMo annual event has started without me.

Regents College (SUNY) became Excelsior College, became Excelsior University.


I never really wanted to finish my BA because, “What am I going to do now” would take over. I was searching for years for a Masters degree that wouldn’t require a Bachelors degree. I found a MS in Astronomy down in Australia and thought about signing up for the qualification courses that would allow me to do that Masters without a BA. I think the cost has gone up/value of money has gone down, but after I sign off here I will take another look.

If you are interested in Astronomy, subscribe to Astronomy magazine or Sky & Telescope. Buy yourself some binoculars like Celestron 7 x 50 that are able to see the moons of Jupiter! Learn the skies with magazines and binoculars. After you know your way around you can go to a Star Party and look through some telescopes. Only then should you buy your first telescope.

My Dilemma

My Dilemma: 

Retired from Boeing, 60 years of age, live in a cabin in the woods.

Become an IT Pro

Get a Masters degree in History, Military History, Humanities, or Psychology.

Just be a Writer.