Hi, I am a new member to the forums, but I have been reading and benefiting from information on Degree Info for about a year now. I have especially benefited from the posts of Matt Brent, who in his knowledge of the program and love of history, led me to the current online master’s program I am in now at Western New Mexico University. I have been wanting to make a profile on Degree Info for a long time now, and I have just been putting it off, and putting it off because I have been so busy. Since, I have benefited so much from the forums here, I found it was finally time to give back. I saw recently that some folks were interested in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program at WNMU, so I figured I would share my first year experiences in the program. My areas of concentration are in History and English. I hope to do some adjunct work in community colleges after graduation, either online or in the classroom. In my first year, I have only taken a few classes, but I have enjoyed them immensely and I feel I have learned a lot. Here is a series of classes I’ve taken in the first year, and my experience in the class and with the teachers: HIS Modern European History Seminar – This was a great class that explored the social and cultural aspects of Europe from about 1500 onward. We read about 10 books, and wrote short reviews on each, that was finally posted to blackboard. In addition, we were required to do a 25 pp. research paper. Dr. John Lavalle, who is a distinguished European history scholar, taught this class. This class required a lot of reading and writing. ENG Greek Tragedy – This was a very fun course that I took in the summer to learn about Greek Tragedy and myth. It was taught by Dr. Debbie Heller, who is a gifted teacher that worked hard to convey the importance and timeless elements of the Greek myths and plays. The bulk of the class consisted of close readings of Euripides and Sophocles, after which the works were discussed on bb. After the readings, she also gave us study questions, which we were required to respond to, usually about 1,000 words each. The amount of writing in this class was about average. ENG Studies in Ancient and Medieval Literature – This is the class I am in now, and it is about to finish. It has been very enjoyable. It has been taught by Dr. Welsh, who is a great teacher, and has really worked to give students the knowledge and resources to study and research literature. I took the class mostly because I wanted to closely read the Homeric epics. This semester’s course focused mostly on ancient literature, but I am told that in future offerings it may focus more on medieval works. In this class, I have done close readings on the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Ramayana, and the Homeric epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey. In this class you are required to write two 4-5 pp. papers on one of the epics, and then a final 10 pp. paper. Only taking three classes in the first year is nothing ambitious, but it has been a great start back to school, especially after a false start in an expensive private grad school I quickly realized I could not afford. I hope that these musings and reflections will help those interested in WNMU make decisions on future courses, or teachers. I am open to questions for those that want to know more. Apart from that, I am very honored to be a part of this forum. Good luck to all in their education endeavors!