DBear

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    2017 Fall
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    Communication (Rhetoric and Culture)

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  1. 2018 Applications Thread

    Hi all - just wanted to say good luck!! This forum was a god send last year and wanted to say that I'm here to help @GreenEyedTrombonist I know what you mean about how to communicate that you can do Comm even though you come from a different background. Remember I applied with 2 BAs and 2 MAs NONE of which were remotely related to Communication. That was might greatest concern in writing my SOP as well. In then end, I tried to kind of not mention it and focus on what I want to study and hope that would show that my research interests are very much in the Communication world. What you do need to show is that you have the aptitude to be a scholar in general, and now that your MA is done, it'll be easier to communicate that. This is just from my experience, others may disagree
  2. My most recent MA is Eng Lit and I started out looking at rhet comp programs and really didn't feel all too excited and found Rhet programs in Comm Studies much more interesting. The great thing about Comm is that it's much more open to outsiders than English. I applied to 7 programs and had multiple acceptances. Several of the people at the program I ended up choosing are English lit ppl (even some of the professors). Feel free to message me if you have questions since I can't go into much detail right now. Good luck!
  3. Help ranking programs by competitiveness

    @Pencilvester I was brand new to the field when I applied last year so I don't know about rankings. Like @gradswag has stated, it really is specific to the subfield. The NCA rankings are quite old but still a useful place to start. The NCA also has a list of "hot" new publications, looking at where those authors teach may help. In terms of "slots" by subfield, there are some schools that do something like that (UW Madison, for example) but not all do. I know what it's like applying from another field and worrying about whether I was aiming waaaaay too high or not high enough etc. But I'd still say it's best to really look at which schools best fit your research interests and talking with potential advisors/ DGS. Communications is a pretty Midwest heavy discipline so you may miss out on really good programs if you focus only on schools that are generally "good schools."
  4. 2017 Applications Thread

    I'm sorry to hear that... But I know many highly qualified applicants who went 0/10+ schools their first cycle and got multiple offers the following year. There is are so many factors that go into these decisions that in the end, I feel like sheer luck is the determining factor... Even if a school is really a good fit and they like you, they may already have a lot of students with similar research interests and decided to take students researching other topics this year.. perhaps the professor that was fighting for you wasn't as influential on the ad comm as other students... Or maybe those three schools you applied to had a flood of applicants that happened to have 2 major publications... Who knows.. maybe try again next year with more schools? If you have the ability to be published in a major journal as a MA student, academia does sound like where you should be!!
  5. Sustainability study

    Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey (MIIS) has an international Environmental Policy MA program that would cover what you're looking for.
  6. 2017 Applications Thread

    I hope everyone has gotten closure and this season of applications is OVER!
  7. 2017 Applications Thread

    And you are DONE!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Guys, it's already April 15th where I'm at. Whatever the outcome of this cycle was for you, congratulations on making it this far and not jumping off a cliff. I've done a whole bunch of things career-wise and I can honestly say that the application process is no joke, one of the most stressful processes I've ever been through. Also, just making the decision to continue with school takes a lot of courage, so kudos to us all!
  8. 2017 Applications Thread

    OH Dear - I just now noticed that sad little gray "nothing yet" in your signature UGH if only we could get rid of that!!!
  9. 2017 Applications Thread

    What the ?! I guess this type of thing really isn't that rare ?!?!
  10. I can imagine it was absolutely terrible telling your supervisor, but congratulations on the decision and YAY for new adventures!
  11. 2017 Applications Thread

    Two of my friends each had one school that NEVER got back to them with a final result and they had to assume they didn't get in when they didn't hear back by April 15. It's really not a big deal especially if you got into the school you want, but I feel like it's unprofessional of such schools... Hopefully it's just a mistake :/
  12. Amazon Prime vs Prime Student?

    Ooooh!!!!! Thanks so much! Exactly what I needed to know and a site I didn't know about! Yay!
  13. It's really creepy but Amazon has figured out I'm going to grad school even before I've even enrolled @.@ It keeps advertising Amazon Prime Student but it doesn't really have a lot of info on what the benefits are. Does anyone know what the difference is between prime and prime student? Pros and cons? Why does everything have to be so confusing
  14. Where to apply for Media/Rhetoric Crit?

    There's really no easy way about this. I have similar research interests and basically went and looked at like 100 schools that had Communication programs and looked for those with Rhetoric tracks and faculty whose research I liked. Some programs you can start with are: U Wisconsin-Madison Comm Arts U Iowa Comm Studies Ohio U Comm Bowling Green State U U Penn Annenberg U Minnesota Twin Cities U Illinois Urbana Champaign Comm U Illinois Urbana Champaign institute of Comm research (or something like that) U Massachusetts Amherst Temple U UC San Diego U North Carolina Chapel Hill I suggest looking at the Natcom website, they have a guide to grad programs. Also, if there's a book or article you like, check out where the author is at. There's also a forum on gradcafe for Communication. Good luck!