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TMP last won the day on November 30 2019

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  1. In my decade (yikes) of being a member of this forum, almost no one ever goes to an online program. So we don't have much in the way of resources. Google will be better off assisting you. But we're open to hearing why an online graduate program in history rather than traditional brick-and-mortar.
  2. Ditto to @Sigaba's points about TA responsibilities. Since TAing for online classes actually involved MORE work than in-person, do your due diligence to keep track of your active hours so you are not going beyond the maximum time limit (generally 20 hr/week for 50%/.5 appointmnt)
  3. I'm jealous that your university has gone online. Trust me, you do not want to be on campus with thousands of undergrads who will not let COVID19 stop them from socializing and partying. As a friend puts it, campuses are petri dishes. There is no harm in emailing grad students and faculty for a Zoom coffee chat You will also see who else is attending Zoom events in your department and try to build conversations from those points.
  4. Yeah I'm jealous too. I feel like a klutz reading @Sigaba's post sometimes... 😄
  5. I think you have posted your situation before around here. (Yes, it's not often that we get Swedes here ). I do think your project is interesting enough and you don't need to narrow your focus further. What. you do need to articulate, however, are your goals. Why the MA? What do you wish to accomplish during the program? What is your next step?
  6. Try not to conflate Personal Statement with Statement of Purpose as some schools use these labels interchangeably. It's important to read the instructions what they are asking for. Follow the instructions. It's fine to open up with a personal story but get to the point quickly-- what are the questions you want to explore? What historians/ideas out there are you interested in engaging with during your doctoral study? Why, specifically, is that department and school the best fit for you? That's it.
  7. Depends. I wouldn't place my bets on getting automatic exemptions from language exams at your new PhD institution. Each adviser is different in their standards. My adviser made one of her former advisee re-do an exam because their language exam from their MA institution used an academic journal article and my adviser wanted them to translate a primary source from the time period of their research (from mid-20 century). My adviser wanted the same for my exam for one of my languages and also accepted a summer intensive course for another language.
  8. I agree with @Sigaba here. @bakeseal, I also wonder why not look into immigration of Greeks and Italians? Hasia Diner's Hungering for America comes to mind and it has influenced other ethnic studies. Why not look into the Greek population? I don't expect learning modern Greek to be that much more difficult now that you have ancient Greek under your belt.
  9. This. Also, if you have serious, legitimate reason like medical or family issues, ask a trusted letter writer to mention that. They will have a much more tactful way of explaining that the GPA is not a reflective of your potential performance as a history student. If the GPA was low due to, say, math or computer science courses, believe me, people will understand once they look at the transcript
  10. @cladthecrab you won't know unless you apply right? As my adviser reminds me, "You definitely won't get in if you don't apply."
  11. Your subject line is actually unclear. Remember, in English, "you" can be used as a singular or plural. The POI, a very busy department chair, may read the subject line and interpret it that you're interested in the program (i.e. working with you guys!). If the POI did in fact open the email and see that you have made explicit connections to his work and inquiring whether he is accepting students for fall 2021, and then forwards the email on, he may (a) be socially inept (not unusual), (b) think that the DGS can handle all of your questions until to the point where s/he can longer do so and forwards the email back to the POI, or (c) all of the above plausible reasons. I would politely respond to the DGS and say that you are excited about the program, ask whatever questions you have, and inquire whether this POI is taking students. Go from there and see what happens.
  12. Hello, Thoughts numbers aside, have you done any primary source research? What are you doing for a capstone project for your MFA? Would you be able to take a graduate-level historiography course in the fall at your current institution? A historiography course will give you a better sense of what it means to practice the discipline of history that will be different from art history (You could transfer that credit but whether it'll help you opt out of the PhD program's historiography course is highly subjective)? Do you have French or German reading knowledge? Museums are also very difficult to come by-- getting a job in a museum is highly dependent on your network connections. You'd need to find a way to fit in an internship in your extremely busy PhD program to get your foot through the door if you haven't done one already. You'll want to look for a program that has a public history as a field so you can devote some time to reading relevant literature and learn how to communicate with a public audience while most of your coursework revolve around high-level academic conversations with more jargon. JHU and UNC wouldn't be the first place I'd think for women/gender history at all. Rutgers, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin definitely do come to mind. Madison is truly a lovely place to live (though very cold!) with a direct bus ride to Chicago O'Hare or MSP airports. @gsc can give you more pointers as her interests overlap with yours. Read books and articles on topics of your interest-- where are the scholars based? Where did they get their PhD from? That's how you develop a list of schools to apply to, not the USNWR, which is outdated. My $0.02.
  13. I'd say this is still very early to tell. Universities are still re-working their 2021 fiscal year budgets, especially public universities. The deadline is coming up and states are still finalizing their own budgets for distribution to public universities. I expect that you will know for sure around early August after things shake out internally from the top administrators down to department leel (things move very slowly with plenty of black boxes in the way).
  14. Honestly, we've had this kind of discussion in my program-- internships and other opportunities to hone our skills. We needed time! Our department did want to help, but the University (particularly the Graduate School) structure just makes being flexible with our funding impossible. They would have refuse to turn our TAships into paid internships with local organizations. Honestly, there's just very little time outside of the funding and program structure to develop new skills UNLESS, as @Sigaba, mentioned, you can take a class as an elective to count towards your PhD. I tried taking quant methods for historians class after I finished my exams but ended up blowing it off at the end because (a) It wasn't for me and (b) I had more compelling tasks to complete (cough, dissertation research and TAship, cough)
  15. This. I was inducted in my final semester of undergrad. I thought it was something just to put on my CV, which my advisor told me to do for grad schools. Once I got more awards/fellowships, I took it off since it seemed that a lot of history majors who went into History PhD programs were inducted into PAT.
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