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    I'll have to check that one out! My class topic was on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The professor was fantastic and a highly distinguished Japanese scholar. It was setup where every two weeks we look at a different historical approach to the bombings. One unit was cultural history, the other economic, and what not. We didn't learn too much historiography, which disappointed me. The class was mean't to teach original historical researching and writing. Do you have the reading list for that capstone? The next history of the West course won't be taught until after I graduate. State school with a shrinking history department budget problems I guess. Are you applying for programs next year in the fall? If so, lets be friends! I'm applying next year too.
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    That is great! For my freshman historical seminar we only had to read Benjammin's guide to history or something like that. Interesting introduction to history theory, but man, his explanation on writing history was terrible. I didn't realize my mistakes until I read those two.
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    I don't think your sentences over overly complex or too long. Your excerpt reads fine to me. Check out The Elements of Style and Writing History. Both helped me better formulate my writing.
  4. Applying to MAPSS

    @psstein Paul Stone, Barbara Welke, and Steven Ruggles.
  5. Applying to MAPSS

    @TMP At most I would be okay with taking out $20,000 to $30,000 in loans. I completed an early college program in high school, so half my credits my high school paid for, and the rest of my expenses I am lucky enough to have my parents pay for my education -- so I don't have any loans out right now. The MAPSS alumni I've spoken to (some are Ph.D. students now) told me they applied a year after graduating. In the interim they worked for Uchicago in clerical and administration positions. I wouldn't mind a gap like that if I were able to stay in the realm of academia, like work as a secretary, something similar to that. But you do raise good questions, and I am weary of the 1 year program -- so is my faculty mentor as well.
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    Incredibly sorry for the late reply. I was not trying to be disrespectful. I'm been finishing end-of-the-semester papers, and I traveled to Chicago with my girlfriends family last week. First, I cannot fathom how great the advice all of you have given me. It has made me ask vital questions that otherwise I would not have thought were pertinent to my situation. I'll attempt to reply to all your posts now. @OHSP MAPSS is the only masters program I am applying to. There a few professors at Uchicago (Jonathan Levy in particular) that I would like to work with. The 1 year journey also fits my need to engage in more historical work with my field. I definitely agree that I need more time soaking in an academic environment. But, regardless of my intellectual insecurities, I am still applying to Ph.D. programs. I'll list the ones I want to apply to below: University of Chicago University of Illinois-Chicago Northwestern University of Maryland University of Michigan New York University University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Pennsylvania I love Tom Sugrue. Origins is the book that inspires me the most. It is the book that made me think about urban history in a systematic combination of race relations, and political economy. Heather Ann Thompson also is a favorite of mine. Her book Whose Detroit? and Blood in the Water, influenced my perspective on race relations in the city. @Banzailizard I don't want to audit courses (although, I have thought about it). I want to engage with the school in coursework settings. @Sigaba What do you mean by "not necessarily well informed,"? My interest of study is the intersection between race, politics, and economics in urban history. I call myself an urban historian. I'm interested in the way deindustrialization shaped urban politics and race relations in the 1960s-80s. @Tigla Thank you for those questions. Do you have any recommendations on books regarding historiography of deindustrialization?
  7. Applying to MAPSS

    I started college my junior year of high school in an early college program. I took 50 credits at a local community college for the next three years, afterwards I transferred to university where I took all my history credits at. I've only spent two years at university. My goal with MAPSS is to give me more time in academic surroundings. A chance to get to know my field of history better, and be able to conduct more research, write more papers, meet more professors. What I'm trying to get it is, I don't feel like I am ready, intellectually, for a Ph.D. program. I need more time to study the historiography, the trends, the prominent ideas in my field, etc. More time to study is what I need. You're right, I could just spent this time reading, etc., but I want to take courses with professors, and at Uchicago there are a couple of professors that have done research in my field. My goal, intellectually, is to conduct research in 20th century American economic history, in specific the de-industrialization of America in the 1970s and 1980s, with a focus on urban history and race relations.
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    I feel like I need a little more time studying history before I embark upon a phd. Do you think I should apply to phd programs too?
  9. Applying to MAPSS

    Hello, I am applying to MAPSS at the University of Chicago with a specialization in history. I want you guys to tell me how my application looks. I am majoring in history with departmental honors, and minoring in political philosophy. I have a 3.91 GPA, 8 400+ level courses, and my GRE scores are 167/154/5.5. My LORs are extremely good. I've had classes with all three professors, two of which are in my field of study, and I have done research under one of them. I recieved a $3,000 grant for undergraduate research from my university, and a $1,500 from my department. I wrote a 25 page research paper over the summer and published it in an undergraduate research journal. I've also written non-academic work for various websites. I am currently writing my honors thesis as well.