Branden Rippey standing in front of lockers and a classroom door lined with tinsel.

Branden Rippey 1998 & 2011 (M.A.T.; M.A., American/World Comparative)
History Teacher, Science Park High School & Union-Political Activist

Q: What did you like about the program?
A: The great course offerings and professors.

Q: What was the greatest strength of the program?
A: The flexibility to blend classes from different subject areas (in MAT) and the ability to take classes on two campuses.

Q: How did your experience in the Master’s program influence your choices concerning further education or work?
A: Taking graduate courses during my MAT deepened my appreciation for and love of history. I finished the degree wanting to go back for more, which I eventually did!  And those classes gave me the knowledge and understanding necessary to be the teacher I am today.

Q: Do you have any advice for current graduate students?    
A: Read broadly in the field.

Describe your experience in three (3) words or phrases:
"The program will broaden you as a person, deepen your understanding of history, and impart a great appreciation for honest scholarship."