Sample Research Paper on Intellectual Autobiography

Intellectual Autobiography

Why you chose the area(s) of study you did throughout your education and at APUS?

Having been out of the processes of education for a considerable length of time, it was a challenge choosing a subject of study that not only comes out as viable, but also works towards making positive impact in the community. Originally, choosing general studies came out as one of the best ways to go when it comes to joining a course. However, it became much clearer that being in a place like APUS is an opportunity that should not only provide a platform to gain knowledge but also allow one to narrow down with precision and specificity in line with higher education. Thus, considering the fact that being in the military as a previous career teaches a number of issues that can be used in conjunction with civilian professions to create a particular change in the area of work, study, and life in general. Apparently, trusting in my abilities, combining the course delving in sociology as well as the human resource issues came out as the most viable alternatives. Sociology helps to understand the structure of human life as well as the way of living that is impacted by psychological, emotional, environment and relations factors. Human resource, on the other hand, seeks to create working environments in organizations and public scenarios to create an active and productive workforce. The linking factor between these two disciplines is the fact that they try to understand human aspects of the social, economic, and political set-ups in order to create an avenue for the development of an organization or the society as a whole.

The Key Events, Situations, and Influences that Led to Your Disciplinary Interests

The primary goal that led to the involvement in the two courses was to aid on the accomplishment of the programs laid down by the community college of Air Force. The driving force in this regard was based on the need to acquire accreditation with an associates’ in the college. A consideration of the other factors and experiences in my work also influenced and gave me the push to get into a study. For instance, the teachings of discipline and focus on task at hand in the previous work, if applied in the civilian set up, would have the potential to create an impact on the entire workforce and understanding of the people. Moreover, doing the two courses provides an opportunity for one to be able to apply knowledge on a wide range of situations that would help various people that I come across as a member of the military.

Your values, skills, and strengths (and if relevant, weaknesses) •what intellectual and professional problems you are interested in •How you plan to use your knowledge and skills in your future, especially in your future career plans or goals.

My belief in discipline and determination in undertaking any task that is at hand come out as one of the most important values that will help in this venture. Teamwork and role taking in groups as well as taking a mediator role makes me a good leader, and member of a team. Depending on the trajectory of the next step, in terms of the industry of choice, it could be of interest to engage in working with people in improving their life in accordance with the principles of sociology. On the other hand, it is important to note that the human resource aspect of my study will help in developing a way of improving workforce systems. One of the options would be to form a consultancy firm or an organization that will provide such services on a society-changing scale (Germani, 1981).

Being a strong team player, possessing both interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, I find it easy for maneuver within a working environment with people from different backgrounds, characteristics as well as professions. The focus of the organization human resource is to push forward the goals, objectives, and missions of the organization. Thus, these disciplines of study are able to act as stepping-stones towards joining a competitive workforce (Pieper, 1990).


















Germani, G. (1981). The sociology of modernization.

Pieper, R. (1990). Human resource management: An international comparison. Berlin: W. de Gruyter.