Field of Dreams

Ray, people will come Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won’t mind if you look around, you’ll say. It’s only $20 per person. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they’ll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.

To Thine Own Self Be True: How To Make A Writer — The Paltry Sum

My middle school headteacher wrote a little message in a book that I had collected the signatures and banal comments of my classmates before we all headed off to high school. It was the last time I would see most of them, and certainly never saw that kind old coot again, but the words he […]

To Thine Own Self Be True: How To Make A Writer — The Paltry Sum

Patrick Rothfuss – The Name of the Wind — Raven の Nest

Title: The Name of the WindAuthor: Patrick RothfussSeries:  The Kingkiller Chronicle (Book 1 of 3+)Year: 2007Goodreads page: Link SYNOPSISTold in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent […]

Patrick Rothfuss – The Name of the Wind — Raven の Nest

MA in History at American Public University

The Master of Arts in History degree takes you on an academic journey exploring the key historical events, people, and cultures that fundamentally shaped the world today. Through research, discussion, and analysis, you will obtain a knowledgeable perspective of how future societies progressed through time. Concentrations in this online graduate program offer you the flexibility of focusing on the most favored eras in history including American, Ancient and Classical, European, Global, and Public History. This master’s degree attracts professional educators, historians, and enthusiasts alike, and is also helpful in developing professional skills that include quality writing and communications, research and analysis, and the ability to present compelling arguments.

Note: When enrolling in this program, you will be asked to select either a capstone course or a supervised practicum as your end-of-program requirement. Some residency conditions may apply to the practicum option. View practicum 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:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of historical individuals and events and the global complexity of human experiences over time and place.
  • Distinguish the historical schools of thought that have shaped scholarly understanding of the profession.
  • Apply persuasive arguments that are reasoned and based on suitable evidence.
  • Evaluate secondary resources, through historiographical analysis, for credibility, position, and perspective.
  • Assess a variety of primary sources, digital and archival, in the process of deeply researching the past.
  • Generate research that makes original contributions to knowledge, through the use of advanced historical methods.
  • Produce a high-quality research paper that meets professional standards typical for a conference presentation or academic publication.

Core Requirements:

HIST501 Historiography

HIST500 Historical Research Methods

Concentration in Ancient and Classical History:

HIST531 Greek Civilization

HIST532 Roman Republic and Empire

HIST533 Late Antiquity and Byzantium

HIST534 Medieval Europe

HIST535 Renaissance and Reformation

HIST611 Ancient Warfare

HIST643 Ottoman Empire

HIST597 Graduate Seminar in European History

Final Requirements:

HIST691 Writing a Thesis Proposal

HIST699 Master of Arts in History – Thesis