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  1. Here's a piece of practical advice: political science is a well-established field of study in which a PhD from a decent program will give you a good chance of obtaining a position both inside and outside of academia, whereas an interdisciplinary PhD like American Studies, or to a somewhat lesser extent Communications, will probably not make you a desirable candidate for any position. American Studies, in particular, was a bit of a fad in the 1990s, and from what I've heard from those who had peers in this field those who received PhDs have largely struck out on the academic marketplace. Real
  2. Your undergraduate GPA is done; there's nothing you can do about it now, so there's no reason to worry about it excessively. People with similar GPAs have gotten into top 10 programs, just don't shoot yourself in the foot by applying only to top ten programs. Save enough cash to apply to a ton of programs (shoot for at least 20) that are spread out across the top 40, and you're bound to get at least a few good offers. The good news is that nearly two years is plenty of time to dramatically improve a file. My two cents: 1) Your GRE needs to be significantly improved, and it's the worth
  3. 1) I count 32 students on their website, and at least one of those is cross-listed on the placements page. Starting from this number, if we assume that the average time to completion is 5 to 6 years (CVs of recent graduates suggest most who complete do so in this time frame) that would mean an incoming class of about 5 to 6. Sure, this doesn't take into consideration attrition; however, this should have no bearing on placement since someone who doesn't get the PhD, for whatever reason, cannot be placed by definition. 2) Sure there's a way of knowing: simply Google the names! Virtually eve
  4. That's based on a pretty big assumption. Iowa didn't even extend offers of admission to ten students this year, and previous cohorts have been as small as three in recent years -- ten is thus hardly a conservative estimate. I also don't understand the logic of including those who droppped out of the program, for whatever reason, as failed placements; someone who dropped out after the MA because they decided academia wasn't for them obviously isn't going to get a placed. It makes more sense to compare PhDs out to jobs received. From what I understand, Willardson also accepted an offer at N
  5. Iowa definitely has a better placement record, especially for American; for instance, they have placed two Americanists at TT positions at UNC in the last few years, and their other candidates are also doing quite well. Boulder's only recent TT placement at a research institution is Karreth at UAlbany, and that was an IR placement. I'm accepting an offer to U of Iowa, but in IR. Send me a PM if you want to discuss the program a bit, and if you don't mind I'm certainly interested in hearing about this signing bonus -- somehow it didn't get to me ;~}.
  6. I received that too, so it looks as is we're all top candidates ;~}. I'm planning to accept another offer though, so I just sent an email to the DGS asking to remove me from the waitlist. Good luck on getting in!
  7. Be careful judging on those rankings papers alone. As the poster above me just mentioned, those results are fairly outdated now. For instance, MSU is ranked only a few places behind Princeton in ranking but their placement record in IR has been extremely poor in the last decade; it's still very competitive in AP. In making a decision, get all the most recent placement data available and don't forget to take subfield strengths into consideration.
  8. Me too ;~}. Based on previous years, it looks like U of Florida doesn't start releasing notifications until what would be next week.
  9. This is precisely one of the major problems. Many of those attempting to dissuade others from going to graduate school are implicitly comparing it against some ideal, instead of other viable career options. Sure, there's plenty to complain about, but have they seen message board comments from failed lawyers? Actually, pick any professional field, including medicine now, and you will find the same complaints. Once I overheard a Professor downplaying the idea of getting a PhD, only to turn to another student to commend their decision to go to law school. Seriously? Check out lawschooltrans
  10. Even if that's all undeniably true, PhDs seem to do just fine in non-academic research positions. I've worked in several such environments, and PhDs were more desirable for research positions than MAs, MPAs, and at least as desirable as JDs (who paid significant money for their degrees). Searching the public salaries of my state, workers with PhDs are paid handsomely. Maybe these employers, and others like think tanks and private firms, have been unaware that PhDs are ill-prepared for research outside academia and need you to explain to them how they could significantly cut costs by hiring
  11. Now I'm not updating my sig if I get in, just in case you're on the waitlist .
  12. It's not realism to state that "only 10% of you will ever succeed;" that is simply untrue, unless you meant to post this on the philosophy board ;~}. If you're counting the 50% attrition rate, then you might have a slightly better case. However, I don't think it makes sense to count these students among the "failures". For one, quite a few have already said that they have career goals other than being a Professor; this means that it makes sense to cut one's losses after achieving the MA and opting for the career for which they were initially aiming. I suspect the number of PhD students who
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