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  1. Leaving PhD program - reasons and advice

    Is the other school more diverse? Are you likely to find a job in a department that's significantly more diverse than where you are now? I ask because I come from a field where 1-2 POC out of 70 grad students isn't uncommon and the faculty mirror that lack of diversity. While I'm the first to admit that numbers aren't everything, in some ways the lack of multicultural competence comes out of and continues to be affected by that (no need to gain those skills if the students and faculty remain overwhelmingly white). If it's your first semester, I recommend trying to see a therapist and working on your depression. Actually, regardless of where you are in your academic career, I recommend that. There's something to be said for making yourself into a better person (no, this isn't the same as trying to "fix" yourself) and developing the skills needed to cope with difficult situations. Transfers are difficult at the grad level, especially if you don't earn a master's degree along the way. As far as social support, have you tried seeking that out on your own? This could be from multicultural student organizations, grad student groups, or other groups with whom you share an affinity/hobby/interest (e.g., book club, church/synagogue/temple, running club, etc.). I wouldn't let one person have that much control over my social life. There are definitely ways to find support though it may require some self-initiative. Good luck! Keep us posted please.
  2. 2017-18 Job Market Support Thread

    That's pretty standard, to be honest. Just be sensible with the drinking (or don't drink at all). There are way too many stories of candidates getting tipsy/drunk on interviews. My rule of thumb is one drink with dinner only, but that's just me personally. Also, remember that they're trying to convince you to like them just as much as you're trying to convince them to hire you. I say this because I've definitely been on campus interviews where, after meeting with everyone, I realized there was no way I could be happy working in that department. Sometimes it's then a sigh of relief to find out they hired someone else. (And, even in those cases, I'm always polite and professional since you never know how things may change in the future for both you and the department. In one case, it turns out that the people that I didn't get along with have mostly retired and I've been invited to apply for a different opening in the same department. Like I said, you never know!)
  3. selecting the right supervisor

    To answer your questions in order: 1) I never said that anyone should tolerate misconducts. Instead, what I pointed to was a realistic way to address the concerns you're interested in. A respected researcher and administrator is going to be more effective at addressing misconduct than an aspiring graduate student for many reasons including but not limited to those explained to you y TakeruK and fuzzylogician. 2) That's a matter of personal conscience. I cannot tell anyone else whether they should take actions which would damage their career but I know what I personally would do (some of which involves considering the effect it will have on others). 3) Yes, there are always "good" excuses not to act. Take all the people who did nothing while the KKK literally murdered people for the crime of having dark skin. But, that wasn't everyone. Some people spoke out. Some people did act. And, working together, they slowly pressured governments into enacting changes. Whether or not someone is too afraid to act is really an individual thing and, again, I cannot tell anyone else what they should do.
  4. Lit review in feminist theory class

    I don't think of historiography as a literature review though. If we're talking a standard literature review of a topic, it doesn't matter whether one is writing for a course in sociology, English, or conservation biology because the basic tenets of a literature review don't change. A good literature review provides clear evidence about how a particular topic has been thought about and guides the reader toward a specific question or an understudied area. Or, you know, what various online handouts say (examples here, here, here, and here). I only took two PhD-level history courses so I'm not going to speak about historiography in detail. But, from what I recall, the historiography papers I had to write did involve reviewing sources, the evidence they used, and their overall argument and using those to show general trends in the field. That... yea, that's what happens in social and natural science literature reviews all the time. Depending on one's specific study/topic, there may be more emphasis on the use of particular data sources (e.g., archives, existing national data sets, etc.) or the methodologies used to examine those data. Still, the similarities are there. (But also, OP asked about a lit review for a women's/feminist studies course and those can't really be that dissimilar from those in other social sciences and humanities areas. Or, if it is, the professor for the course should've already made that clear to the students.)
  5. Lit review in feminist theory class

    I'm confused by the question. The way a literature is done doesn't change based on the course. A literature review is a literature review. Now obviously you'll want to include how feminist thinkers/scholars have written about your topic but otherwise you approach this the same way you'd approach any literature review. There are a number of quick writing guides for lit reviews online (I like the one from UNC's writing center as a basic resource). You may also want to review the section on literature reviews in Leanne Powner's Empirical Research and Writing book. It's written for political science undergraduates but all of the same advice replies regardless of one's field, imo.
  6. A little oversight on my resume...

    Email and ask if you can submit an updated resume.
  7. selecting the right supervisor

    So what? Lots of things happen that don't result in disciplinary action for all sorts of reasons. If you really want to be in a position to stop this, become a renowned researcher then move into the administrative ranks and become a provost/dean.
  8. I feel like if your passion is education research/policy and you want to go into higher ed admin, a PhD in Education makes more sense than a PhD in political science. So maybe look into research doctorates (PhDs) in education programs.
  9. Program like MAPSS?

    What do you mean? Many programs grant something like a Master's in Liberal Studies or more generally in the humanities. Are you looking for something that is also only a 1 year program like MAPSS?
  10. Transfer during MA Program?

    No, it's not common. Most MAs are two year programs and most graduate programs will only allow students to transfer in 9-12 credit hours. Consequently, it wouldn't be a transfer as much as it would be starting over since, at most, one of the two semesters you've already completed would count toward your degree at the new institution.
  11. Qualitative and Quantitative Jack of All Trades ???

    @Adelaide9216, it's definitely possible. A lot of mixed methods research involves a blend of qualitative and quantitative approaches to answer a question.
  12. Planning a class event - on or off campus

    The suggestions above are awesome. You might want to ask students what kinds of things they'd like to do. Assuming that they're all first years, many are probably new to the town/area and thus don't know what opportunities are available. You could organize a trip to the local farmers market or another interesting community venue they may not know about. It's also possible that your university offers discounted tickets or cheap/free access for students, which might make it possible for you all to attend an event at little or no cost to the students. For example, if your school gives free bus passes, you could all take the bus to a neighborhood and just walk around and explore it together. Hope this helps! Let us know what you decide to do.
  13. What is a professor?

    At most high-level research institutions, absolutely, yes, that person would be considered successful.
  14. Basic Q's and short personal background

    There's not enough here for anyone to tell you where to apply. Have you read any intro to sociology textbooks? That might help you understand what kinds of things sociologists are interested in.
  15. Should I graduate or stay to do more research?

    How much more time would you need to invest in order to make these potentially meaningful discoveries? Is it something that could happen by delaying your graduation for a semester or is it something that would take years? If it's the former, I'd go ahead and stay since you seem to like this research. If it's the latter (years away from a major breakthrough), then I'd continue on with your previous plan of graduating and finding a job. But that's just me.
  16. Liberty University Masters in History

    @James D., not sure why you wouldn't locate it. If you scroll down the link I posted to the UMass program, there's a direct link from there to the tuition and fees page...
  17. Liberty University Masters in History

    @James D., that's not at all what I saw on the UMass website... The amount you quoted is for on-campus, non-Massachusetts residents. Online students pay $575 per graduate credit hour. You'll want to make sure you're reading these things as carefully as possible so you don't rule out a potential option too quickly. Also, I just want to note that choosing a grad program based solely on the cost isn't the best idea. Given your goals, you should be focused on finding a program which will set you up to pursue what you want in terms of career and future PhD options. Unfortunately that may not be the least expensive program.
  18. Liberty University Masters in History

    I think I mentioned this on your other post but you may want to look at smaller state universities with online offerings. The first that came to mind (because I know someone that teaches there) was Slippery Rock University, which has a fully online MA in History. (See here) From briefly looking at the info online, it seems they charge about $6000 for 9 credit hours.* An incredibly fast Google search also led me to Western Kentucky University (here) and UMass-Boston (here). UMB also specifically comments on the future PhD application on their website, noting that their program offers good preparation because "Unlike Online History MA programs offered at other universities, all of our online graduate courses are taught by tenure-stream faculty in the History Department. Courses in the Online History MA program follow the same set of requirements and guidelines as our face-to-face graduate courses." That should hold some appeal to you given your interests and plans. Hope that helps! *Would you actually be taking 9 credits online per semester while being active duty in the military? I ask because 9 credits is full-time in pretty much all graduate programs so it would essentially be like having two full-time jobs simultaneously. Given your timeline for the PhD, it seems like you could easily take 2-3 years for the MA and still be on track to begin the PhD when you're out of the military.
  19. Hi @KevinJHa, welcome to TheGradCafe. For future reference, we don't allow duplicate postings across the various subforums on the board. I've deleted your other post so that all of the replies will be in one place. Good luck with your applications!
  20. How to get started with lesson planning

    This isn't a forum for getting help with your homework.
  21. Seeking a Doctorate in History, with online undergrad

    I don't disagree with you about that. But given what the original question was (which was about whether one could study online and later do a PhD), I don't understand why the conversation so quickly pivoted to questioning the OP's goals and motives to pursue something 4+ years from now. Do you, @telkanuru, ask such questions of literally every person on here who says they might want to go to graduate school? Not in my experience. Yes, there's the usual "the job market is bad" but this took a different tone than that and seemed more like a bunch of people wanting to "school" the OP, rather than actually answer their question.
  22. I wouldn't mention something from so long ago, especially when you have more recent, relevant coursework that you've done well in.
  23. Seeking a Doctorate in History, with online undergrad

    This entire thread has taken a turn toward the bizarre. @James D. originally asked if there were people with online degrees who have been successful getting into PhD programs and now everyone is questioning their motives and reasons for doing a PhD and trying to talk them out of even trying. Why? What incentive do you all have to keep this one person on the internet from pursuing graduate study in an area he's interested in which may--in four years--lead him to enter a PhD program? @James D. didn't say he wants to apply for a PhD right now, but wants to do things which might prepare him to apply for one four years from now (AKA, the length of a "typical" bachelor's degree). I can't say that I'm used to this level of trying to talk someone out of something, even when it comes to posts in response to current college undergrads who have only taken ais the few history courses. So, to answer the original question, it's definitely possible @James D.! Are there any opportunities for you to work with historical materials in your current military job? If so, doing that may strengthen your application as much as or more than doing an online master's. If you are to go the online master's route, I'd stick with schools with a known and strong brick-and-mortar presence, and ideally those who won't note that your degree is earned online. I'm less familiar with specifics for history but I know that Arizona State and Penn State have big online programs. There are also other schools where you may be able to get a master's in humanities or liberal arts online or in a low-residency format, like Regis University or Antioch New England. Honestly, I would just google around for universities and take a look at all of their online offerings to see if there's anything that would work for you. If you're really thinking about teaching high school while in or after the military, it's probably worth it to go ahead and get a teaching credential while the military is paying for it. This will entail taking some education courses but you could focus on secondary school history/social science, which would also mean upper-level undergrad and some grad courses in that area. Most M.Ed. programs require an area of concentration, so you'd get the teaching experience plus the content knowledge. That said, it is likely harder to find one of those online. If you just want to go the teaching certificate route (for now), you may be able to find the courses you need through a community college. I hope this helps! I'm not going to question your motives or desires because anyone who has served for 13 years in the military deserves our respect. Perhaps read the story of the PhD applicant who is going from prison to NYU as inspiration? Not because your cases are similar but because it shows a remarkable ability to triumph over numerous obstacles (including not having access to the internet) to pursue one's ultimate desires. Good luck! Keep up posted on your progress!
  24. Seeking a Doctorate in History, with online undergrad

    This isn't entirely true. Professors at a community college teaching a 5/5 aren't expected to do much (if any at all) research. Same for many of the smaller (aka, directional) state universities. Where the teaching load is higher, the emphasis on research is lower. Consequently, it's not really fair to say that you have to enjoy doing research to be a professor as a universal truth. It's definitely true of R1s, R2s, and most liberal arts colleges* but it really isn't true everywhere. If the OP is comfortable with a FT job with a higher teaching load, they could do just fine without having research as their primary responsibility. *With the caveat that at many LACs, your teaching evaluations and performance are what will get you tenure. Some research is needed but not a lot. But if you don't like teaching 3 courses a semester and working with undergrads intimately and you aren't good at it, you won't get tenure even with a book published.
  25. As @cowgirlsdontcry has said, most PhD programs will give you credit for some of the coursework you did for your master's. Often this is in the form of a reduction in the total number of hours needed to complete the PhD. So I wouldn't view the master's as something you'd have to completely redo. Instead, why not think of it in terms of the valuable experience you'd gain by doing one?