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  1. Hey there! I think this goes without saying, but a lot rides on which programs you decide to apply to and ultimately attend. I tell everyone who is thinking of applying to anthropology programs to read this article: https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/aman.13158 Basically, the elite anthropology programs (Chicago, Yale, Harvard, etc) still place their students in good academic jobs. The chances for everyone else are slim to none, and getting slimmer every year as universities eliminate academic jobs. That being said, the elite
  2. Current CUNY student and can confirm the above is true. While certain faculty are "nice," they can't help us with basic things like getting health insurance, which about a third of us don't have. And none of the faculty are being sympathetic or supportive during this pandemic, instead supporting budget cuts and other measures that eliminate our (grad students actually do the vast majority of adjunct work in the colleges) teaching positions, force the library staff to work in unsafe conditions, and make it impossible for international students to obtain visas. Very few are answering emails or d
  3. Hi there, I just wanted to second what amlyn above says--there is much more weight given to your personal statement and your interview. I don't think I heard admissions committee members mention GRE scores once last year.
  4. Have you checked out the work of S Low at CUNY? She and a number of others work on urban space, and there are a lot of people (including D-A Davis) who work on gender.
  5. Hi there-- I don't have answers to your questions, but I do have suggestions as to how to find those answers. If you tried these already, my apologies. First, who are the scholars whose work resonates with you the most? Where do they teach and what do they teach? That should give you a list of universities, disciplines and programs. Which of these seem most interesting to you? Psychology is going to have a very different approach (and set of graduation requirements) from, say, anthropology or history. If there are no academic scholars whose work interests you, we might be in a pickle
  6. I agree with your sentiment wholeheartedly. But--and I hate to say it--but I don't think we will find such a society in anthropology or archaeology--perhaps not anywhere in academia. Have you read The Professor Is In's blogpost on sexual misconduct? She outlines the way university policies are designed to protect harassers and abusers. If not, I would look at and bookmark the google doc she put together, then check it frequently to look for hints as to people/programs to avoid. At my own program, a professor who assaulted his students was allowed to attend an event on Friday night--one that fi
  7. I agree with the poster above--Hawai'i is not a well known anthropology program. You should check out Karen Kelsky (the professor is in blog) and read about her experiences coming out of Hawai'i--it was pretty traumatic. The status of their program has not changed since she left. Also, if you intend to apply to PhD programs in anthropology, it helps to have letters of rec from anthropologists connected to the top anthropology programs.Most people do not stay in the same program from MA to PhD, so I don't think you have to worry about "ending up" in the same place for 5+ years. It's perfectly r
  8. I think this is a huge red flag and points to more than disorganization. Sending emails out late, no clear leadership, having a messy office, etc--that's disorganization. A strained relationship with the administration? How are you supposed to get external funding or permission to host events? What if you need your department's assistance in working something out with the university? Also--How can the "content" of a program be a good fit apart from the people who constitute the program? If the older generation are being forced to retire and the newer faculty can't seem to find a way to stay? A
  9. Hmm. It doesn't sound desperate--there are a lot of people here pointing out the negatives (as well they should) so you are trying to weigh your options. I get it. I GUESS if I had to say something, it is that you can take courses with really great instructors and meet really good people, keep up with current discussions in your field, etc while you apply to other programs. And hopefully get into another program. But as I believe someone above mentioned--you might not get the same attention as phd students, so you might not make those great connections you need. I personally find that in gene
  10. Yes, I'm a student here--a friend works in one of these high-powered offices that approves these sorts of things. As the person above mentioned, it's a cash cow program. We are all well aware of it.
  11. I'm not in philosophy but have heard about this new tactic some of the CUNY programs are going to try. They don't have an official MA--you come to the PhD program for three semesters and write something and go. It's a way for them to keep their attendance high so they can hire more faculty and offer more classes to their PhD students without having to shell out more money--their justification is: it's CUNY, we broke! Donnnnn't do it.
  12. Current CUNY student here. It is not unusual to get off the waitlist (I did) but it is rare to get the GCF. My advice is not to email the chair of the adcomm because he will not give you your ranking on the wait list (everyone in my year and the year ahead of me received the same line "I think there is a good chance that you will get admitted with a GCF"or something like that--literally word for word, copy and pasted--and none of us did. There doesn't seem to be variation based on international/US based--they actually have a really complicated ranking system. I do have one friend who is in the
  13. That's what I did too, and for much the same reasoning (older, limbo state, etc) but still wish somebody had told me about the less obvious pains of unfunded-ness. Now, even though I'm upset, I'm focusing on being the best damn student I can be: always participating, submitting everything on time, engaging my professors outside the class, and working a ton of side gigs or money. That way, if/when I ask for letters of rec and support, people will give them to me willingly. So whatever you do, however it makes you feel, just remember-- you are not alone in this situation! Best of luck, ag
  14. Sorry if it came off a little harsh. I sometimes wish someone had been super blunt with me regarding the emotional and psychological toll of the unfunded position. I am constantly feeling less worthy of my funded peers--even though I'm getting better grades than a few of them. It's turning me into a mean, bitter person, I think. Please know I am cheering for you and hoping that you get everything you deserve.
  15. a couple of things: 1. This field is not really that new, and the standards re: methods are not really that fluid. Sociocultural has been floating around since the 1800s (the first PhD program was established in 1899, I believe) and draws on authors from the Enlightenment and beyond. Considering how many new PhD programs are added to universities across the world every year, I think of sociocultural anthropology as old school at this point. There are of course, new subfields cropping up all the time (as someone above mentioned). I would suggest reading up a bit more on these to se
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