Are you thinking about going to college, but you aren’t sure if it’s the right thing for you? Are you enrolled in a university and are worried about taking certain classes, particularly those regarding history and the humanities? Personally, I believe there are many paths to financial or occupational success. If you’re thinking about going to a trade school, for instance, because you really enjoy a particular trade, that’s probably the right decision for you. If you’re not sure what you want to do with your life, I think college is a good choice, too, even if you don’t end up using your degree. Look at me! I’m a stay-at-home dad, but I am grateful for the lessons and knowledge I gained while in college.

Did I mention that I studied history at three different universities? I received my BA in History from the University of California – San Diego and my MA in History from San Diego State University. I guess that makes it pretty obvious where I grew up, huh? Well, I moved to the opposite side of the country and attended American University in Washington, DC with the goal of receiving a PhD in History. As you may have already read, after completing all the necessary coursework and two comprehensive exams, I just felt that I was doing something that I really wasn’t enjoying. I love studying history, and I love teaching, but the path of a professor is not something I would necessarily say I love. I do love my children, however, which is why I decided to embrace my calling as a stay-at-home dad.

This is not to suggest that the study of history is no longer a part of my life. I love history, particularly the history of the United States. Well, if you’re considering taking some history classes but aren’t quite sure, I posted some of my classes and work from my days in college (and that included many, many days). I hope these papers provide some inspiration for those wondering if they’re interested in pursuing a degree in history, or just taking a class or two to gain some added knowledge in our country’s history. For students currently enrolled, don’t plagiarize, but I hope my work gives you a little help, perhaps in the types of papers expected at differing levels of school. Be advised, however, none of my essays are perfect, and if you choose to reference any of my papers in your own work, don’t forget to cite your sources!


I attended UCSD from 2006-2008. I just finished my Associates Degree at San Diego Mesa College and transferred to UCSD with all my General Education classes completed. That meant I could focus on the classes I was most interested in while pursuing my degree in history. Below, you’ll find some of the classes I took … Continue reading UCSD


After graduating with a BA in History, I decided to dip my toes into the water of graduate studies and see if it was something I’d enjoy. I attended San Diego State University from 2008-2009 and finished my Masters program in just a year and a half! I thoroughly enjoyed the graduate seminar approach to … Continue reading SDSU

American University

After completing my MA from SDSU, I thought it would be a great opportunity to continue my studies in pursuit of a PhD. I attended American University from 2010-2014, though “attended” is not exactly accurate. I completed my courses in the first two years. In the following two years, I passed two comprehensive exams and … Continue reading American University