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    bees got a reaction from geitost in Why are you a political science grad student?   
    Why do you think political 'science' needs more mathematical rigor? I think it needs all kinds of different methodological rigor, but math is hardly the only game in town. Alas, we are all now unthinking KKV drones. All grad students should be made to read Patrick Thaddeus Jackson's book on Political Science and methods of inquiry.
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    bees reacted to bees in Math requirements in American politics   
    Kendra, if I may, I think you may be over-thinking this. You're clearly very smart and would be a very competitive applicant. Which Americanist political scientist do you most admire? Which sub-field? Go to the Annual Review of Political Science, pick out a few of the articles that sound most interesting to you in terms of your substantive interests and see if you could see yourself doing that kind of work in the future. My guess is that you'll find stuff that suits both your interests and your abilities.
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    bees reacted to peternewman89 in Why are you a political science grad student?   
    I'm a Political Science PhD Student because I hope to study and contribute to Political Theory and Political Philosophy as our world continues to evolve and new challenges arise that challenge the older paradigms that govern our lives.  What I do has nothing to do with Economics or Sociology, or any Social Science really.  The other place I could have gone was to a Philosophy program, but the questions that I deal with are the sort that fits into either vein, with Philosophy often handling the more esoteric aspects of a question while PoliSci deals with the more applied aspects of it (though that's a sweeping over-generalization). 
    As to the differences, I'm just getting started, but there's a much greater emphasis in coursework on methods and statistics (you can probably guess how useful I feel that is) as well as a far heavier workload in each course.  Standards are much higher, and especially later on we're expected not just to consume work but to create new research and (for people in other subfields mainly) partner up with faculty for joint research to present and publish.  The end-goal for basically all of us is some sort of tenure-track position in academia.
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    bees reacted to bees in Best 50-75 Programs?   
    That's who I was thinking of. Pat James, Brian Rathbun etc. And adding faculty a lot recently which is a good sign of health.
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    bees reacted to wtncffts in What Happened To Pol Sci Job Rumors?   
    Haven't really checked it out, don't know how much better it is. Though anything would be an improvement.
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    bees reacted to bees in What Happened To Pol Sci Job Rumors?   
    Exactly! I seem to remember the People's Front of Judea had started an alternative site but for the life of me I can't remember what it was.
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    bees got a reaction from Lisa44201 in What Happened To Pol Sci Job Rumors?   
    Exactly! I seem to remember the People's Front of Judea had started an alternative site but for the life of me I can't remember what it was.
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    bees reacted to bees in University of Southern California   
    Yeah, they only started a joint program two or three years ago, from what I understand, because before that it was IR and Pol Sci before. So the 11 placements are from that recent time period.
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    bees reacted to alphazeta in Up and Coming Departments   
    I'm surprised no one has mentioned USC yet. They have tons of money and a willingness to spend it. Some of their hires so far have been misses, but they're clearly on the way up.
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    bees reacted to PoliSciLaw in Any advice appreciated?   
    Ha I'll refrain from commenting.... I have a very specific research focus in mind but unfortunately it's not a priority of most departments (with the exception perhaps of Rutgers) most of the school's above have at least two tenured professors who specialise either in gender or in the relationship between minority groups and the law. Any advice on other programs I should be looking at is beyond appreciated though; it's often exceedingly difficult to figure out where niche issues fit!

    Thanks for the help though
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    bees reacted to bees in What Happened To Pol Sci Job Rumors?   
    Has that nest of vipers been spammed into extinction? Or have they all migrated somewhere else? Not that I recommend listening to anything people say there (unless you are a therapist and then please do!) but the job market wiki was good...
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    bees reacted to polisci12345 in Math requirements in American politics   
    kendra: no one is taking the full sequences, just the particular course or two that they need. by the time they get to needing that particular method, they have the requisite knowledge to take the class. If there are a few topics that are too far...grad school grades don't matter anyways
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    bees got a reaction from AuldReekie in Georgetown   
    Generally PhD, but the MAs are often seen as money-raisers for the university. I guess some people get funding from a load of others who get none but want the brand. The only problem with DC-area PhD programs is that often the professors are off doing consulting work rather than working closely with grad students.
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    bees got a reaction from Zahar Berkut in Rankings   
    TRIPS is decent too. To be honest, the main thing is 'do they place their students?' (bear in mind that starter jobs tend to be 20-40 places below your grad school on average) and who, and how closely, would you be working with? If you have a close working relationship with a faculty member who is pleasant, will write letters for you, and make 5 years of your life a non-miserable existence, then that's great.
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    bees reacted to plisar in Fall 2010 Admission Results   
    For my sanity, UCSD candidates with questions about funding, please send me a PM now. It should be fixed. Send me any and all questions you would like to know, and I'll give you honest answers.
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    bees reacted to CrimsonBlue in Fall 2010 Admission Results   
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    bees reacted to Ziz in Fall 2010 Admission Results   
    Haha I got negative points for asking why you got negative points!!
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    bees reacted to CrimsonBlue in Fall 2010 Admission Results   
    Also, UCLA's endowment has gone down below $1b. Given the size of its student population (both undergrad and grad), this amount of endowment doesn't seem enough to maintain the University's status as a major research institution. So, they may be choosing candidates extra carefully.
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    bees reacted to postgrad2010 in Fall 2010 Admission Results   
    just hoping some gd news from UCLA which is the one i like the most.... but seems they're slower in the admission process

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    bees reacted to Yes in Fall 2010 Admission Results   
    The only places I would consider choosing over Stanford are Princeton and Harvard, I think. I don't think I would be a good match for Yale. I am even thinking about withdrawing my application.

    Have you got any further in your decision making process? I have been bombarded with Stanford emails from students and professors. They seem quite enthusiastic, which is a good feeling.
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    bees reacted to Yes in Fall 2010 Admission Results   
    I have heard absolutely *nothing* since I got Stanford. I am hoping this will finally change this week...

    Even the thought that Harvard and Princeton decisions might come out in the next couple of days makes me shiver... it's going to be a loooooong and painful ride now..
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    bees reacted to POLPSY in UCSD 2010   
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    bees reacted to Bobb Cobb in Advice from an actual PhD (redux)   
    While you may not have been referring to me, I am the first to admit that Realist likely knows more about political science than me. Having said that, I simply offered some real experiences of how this process plays out. The job market is in a real slump, and with that I do not think anyone can argue. However, it may be dramatically improved in several years. If not, I think most of us (no matter the school) will be at least in a position of doing something besides that for which we were prepared. While some top graduates may be happy seeking directional jobs, most are not. Many also come out of school with no teaching experience. If there was one thing that the committees I worked for could agree upon, it was that they wanted the candidates to have teaching experience. So keep on discouraging, and I will keep on learning.

    In the end, I may end right back up selling radios, but I will have the satisfaction of knowing that I tried and went with my aspirations rather than some internet warnings. By saying that I am not discounting these warnings as rubbish, and I am not making light of the situations where mentors have been cautious. I am merely saying that I would like to think that I am old enough to make my own decisions, accept the consequences, and either prosper or learn from them. Looking back I will say that I fought the fight, besides what else would I have done? Go to law school, have you considered their job market lately? What about becoming a manager at McDonalds? Amongst all these warnings of "do not do what I did with my life, or what you want to do with yours" I have yet to hear any alternative career suggestions.
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    bees reacted to Bobb Cobb in Advice from an actual PhD (redux)   
    Of course this is not a bad thing. I am simply saying that there are many people outside the top ten or 25 who lead successful, meaningful lives. I realize that money matters, and that a good job is paramount to a quality family life and personal existence. I said that life is not all about money and jobs. For instance, one could end up teaching at a direction school and their starting salary may be $50,000 with a chance of that improving considerably over time. They may also have more freedom to teach their interests, and less people in their immediate vicinity competing for resources and attention. They may also really enjoy teaching first generation students or less-preivelaged students from poor educational backgrounds. They can still publish some good pieces (maybe not all in the top 3), and they could participate in other things to supplement income if they must like AP Grading, consulting, language facilitators abroad, etc. Is their life really worse off than the person who is at a top ten making $80-90, 000 or even less with much more pressure and a cut-throat system of promotion? I cannot make that call for sure, but I suspect that the former can live a happy life, and still raise a quality family if they are interested in such an endeavor. What is more is that their job may actually be more secure on the long term as they will have a much easier time getting tenure and becoming the bigger frog in the pond.
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    bees reacted to Bobb Cobb in Advice from an actual PhD (redux)   
    I said nothing about GRE scores, but I guess you could equate those entirely different situations. I am simply saying that going to a top ten is not the only option available. I know many successful political scientists who went to schools that are lower ranked. I only wanted to share my personal experiences with the process. I also wanted to explain that (as someone else noted above) sometimes a higher ranked degree can have a stigma attached to it. I am in no way saying that this applies to all graduates of top tens, and it is certainly mitigated by a good record and a grounded attitude. To answer your question, having a pedigree will get you looked at. However, in many cases it takes more than that to land the job. Part of what I was trying to do is point out that there are a fair number of top ten graduates who end up worse off than some others. This is a double-edged sword as often times they refuse to apply to lower ranked places, and when they do they are often beat out by folks with better records. Many people do great from, and indeed many of the best academics almost always come from the top tens. I am not discouraging attending these places, but I just want to caution people that getting into grad school is only the beginning.

    CPaige, I am not trying to generalize or attach something negative to all top ten programs/students. I can only speak for my own experiences. I have met many great people who attended top tens, including the advisor I mentioned above. I have also met many condescending people from these places, especially graduate students. If you think Yale is right for you, then go for it. I probably would have gone had they accepted me last year. I did not then, and still do not want to work there or any other Ivys for that matter. This is a personal choice and preference based on many things. I certainly am not indicating that they would be bad places to work, or that there is something wrong with the students.

    I simply take issue with people trying to discourage others from getting a better education than they already have. Life is not all about jobs and money. My goal is to remain in an intellectually stimulating environment as long as I can. This can still happen without attending Harvard and teaching at Stanford. I appreciate the idea of making sure that people know what they are getting into, but frankly I find it insulting to assume that we all do not. I also find it troubling that some seem to suggest that somehow those who attend lower ranked programs and teach at direction schools are somehow inferior people. In the end, they did the best they could with the options they had available. Maybe I have been reading Pol Sci Job Rumors for too long...
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