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Daniel Cockrell

Degree: MA History

When did you graduate? 2004

What were some of the most rewarding/influential classes in your major? I gained something from each of the classes I took while completing my degree. Standouts where the seminars such as 20th century America, Holocaust in history, European studies, and Latin American studies. My ability to research and write improved drastically.

Where did you live? Lonoke Co.

What groups did you belong to? Phi Alpha Theta

Did you participate in any experiences outside the classroom in your major field? During my time as a graduate student I started giving tours at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock. I also started teaching undergrad history courses at Pulaski Technical College. I helped with History Day some.

What other experiences did you have that enriched your time as a student at UCA? I traveled with a group to London, England for history course. I feel that I gained a lot of perspective from the time I spent in conversation with my professors.

What did you plan to do with your degree? I planned to return to the public schools to teach.

How are you using your degree? I am currently the Youth Education Coordinator at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock.

What disciplinary skills do you use most often in your current job? I research and develop educational programs to teach a wide variety of Historical topics to all ages.

What are your plans? What will your degree allow you to do/accomplish as you move forward? Teaching is something I enjoy. My degree allows me to continue in this field.

What is the most surprising/unexpected thing you learned about yourself during your time as a MA History student at UCA? My writing improved more than I could have imagined.

What advice would you give someone who wants to get a MA in History? Have a plan. Have a good idea of what you are going to do with this degree. Enjoy the work.