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TheHessianHistorian last won the day on April 6 2018

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    St Louis, MO
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    History, Genealogy
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    2018 Fall
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    Ph.D. in History

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  1. Yes, all of us should really get together in a Facebook group or something to compare notes with each other on relocating to St. Louis. Private message me if you want my Facebook username!
  2. I just made my official decision to go to WUSTL yesterday! It feels great to finally know where I am going to live in four months, after having started with an initial application pool of 15 different schools in every corner of the country. I have some friends and distant relatives in St. Louis that are helping to guide me through the process of finding housing. Once I have a few good options, I will have to go down to St. Louis and scope out the residences in person. Anyone going to WUSTL in 2018, feel free to send me a message or link up with me!
  3. I would confer with some of your trusted mentors on how to most effectively shape your graduate school applications to get accepted into a history program. Your professors will have a lot of good advice. I would not also be afraid to contact professors of interest at history programs that you might like to attend, introduce yourself and explain your situation, and see if they have any thoughts on how to get admitted to their program with an undergraduate degree that's not entirely about history. On a purely numbers level, I would also hope that your grades in your history classes were go
  4. I don't have specific examples I can show you off hand, but I know that I've seen profiles of numerous other individuals who went to graduate school for history after earning an undergraduate degree in a different field. Sometimes, you can bridge the gap by specializing in a subset of history that is relevant to your undergraduate degree. For instance, someone with a BS in Biology might go to grad school and specialize in environmental history. With your English degree, might you be interested in something like literary history or the history of language?
  5. I had some lengthy conversations with faculty and current grad students at WUSTL and left with a great impression. After consulting my mother and grandfather, both professors, they recommended WUSTL hands-down as the best choice. I have officially submitted my decision. I will be in St. Louis this fall!
  6. So, here is what I found out about WUSTL's situation, which may help provide a kind of benchmark for what may be normal for similar-sized programs: Quals: qualifying exams at WUSTL take place at the end of year 3 Teaching Load: the teaching load at WUSTL is six semesters of Mentored Teaching Experiences (MTEs); for the first 5 semesters of MTE, it is duties like grading papers, leading discussion groups, giving an occasional lecture (not IOR); for the final 6th semester of MTE, you deliver a 200-level course as IOR Year 1: students do not normally teach in their first year, a
  7. These are really good questions for me to be asking! Thanks for the thought-provoking guidance!
  8. I have added the funding offer that I received today along with an acceptance off the wait list from Washington University in St. Louis: $23,360 per year up to 6 years, 90%-subsidized comprehensive health insurance, and a 100% tuition waiver. Attached to a 6-semester teaching assistantship with teaching duties in years 2, 3, and 4. Year 5 devoted to archival research and year 6 devoted to dissertation. The last couple of months, as I got rejected from all of the PhD programs I applied to, I had begun to grow accustomed to the idea of doing a Master's degree and have even begu
  9. Just got a rejection from Brandeis's Master's program on Monday. Prof. Sreenivasan said he was disappointed with the decision, but it just came down to the fact that their MA program is only 1 year long and he is going to be on sabbatical for half of that year. He said if I'd applied in any other year, I wouldn't have had a problem getting in. On another note, I just got an acceptance to WUSTL's PhD program today with a $23,360/year x 6 years funding offering. Between that and my acceptances to the Binghamton, Alabama, Northern Illinois, and Texas Tech Master's programs, I have a tough de
  10. This is a really good question. I did try my best to filter out in cursu MAs, and sometimes (when a student stated something like "I am a third-year doctoral student, and I earned my MA in 2017") I was able to do so. Oftentimes, however, when the grad student mentioned in their bio that they had "earned their M.A. at such-and-such institution," it was unclear whether the MA was earned before or after admittance to the PhD program at that same institution. For instance, just to pick at random, Juhee Kang's profile merely states, "She received her MA at Harvard and BA from Carleton College." Not
  11. As I have been investigating the biographies of PhD students in top tier history programs, I have been compiling a spreadsheet of where each student received his/her undergraduate degree(s) and Master's degree(s). There has been a bit of discussion in this forum lately about the importance of "Master's degree prestige" in applying to top tier PhD programs, so I hope this list is helpful to other users: University of Chicago 44 history grad students list their pre-PhD degrees on their Chicago webpages 40 came into the PhD program with a Bachelor's and Master's degree; 4 only had
  12. One of my friends is Matthew Schandler, who is finishing up his PhD from Lehigh this year. He's also done some really interesting research on the history of video games, although his broader interests are more industry/technology related.
  13. I totally empathize with and completely understand everything you've said in this thread. It is amazing how much our mindset changes just through the mere process of applying to schools and waiting to hear back from them over the course of a few months. With what I know now, my application strategy would have looked VERY different last fall. Personally, I see a lot of logic in turning down mediocre PhD offers in order to build up vital skills during a Master's program.
  14. It is done, but it is sort of a dirty mark on your academic record. I replied to someone who asked about this in another thread by repeating what I've heard from my mom and grandpa who are both professors: it raises a red flag, it in itself won't sink your chances of getting accepted to a PhD program later some day, but if there is another red flag or two in addition to that then you are going to have a heck of a time getting into a good PhD program after having dropped out of one before. There are tons of funded MA programs out there. You just have to do some research and, in some cases,
  15. That's actually a really cool approach! I've thought about that very idea before--doing a history from the perspective of a non-human organism. Will look forward to reading the first major monograph you get published.
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