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Minerva1917

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    Introducing yourself to faculty

    Hello! So for visiting day, the program that just accepted me is arranging for me to meet faculty members I am interested in working with, and I am SO nervous. What will those conversations be like? Should I be prepared to answer detailed questions about my research interests or my research project? To be totally honest, at the moment I have NO idea what my dissertation will be on and even what general area I will be focusing on. I'm a literature student, and a part of me is thinking of switching from contemporary literature to early modern/17th-century lit... Thanks in advance for your help!
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    Rutgers American Studies

    Thank you! I suspected as much. Sadly public institutions like Rutgers are really strapped these days.
  3. Hello! Does anyone know anything about Rutgers American studies program? I can't find much information on their webpage and there seems to be very few entries on the results page... Is this a strong program? Is the funding good (the DGS never wrote me back when I asked what it entailed)? Also, why would there be so few entires in the results page?
  4. I went on the ETS website to sign up for the English Lit subject test in October but could only find available test dates in April. Do the testing centers really fill up this fast? I had no idea this was an issue ? Unfortunately ETS's customer service is closed until Monday, so it'd be great to get an answer on here, if anyone knows! Thanks in advance!
  5. What are some good interdisciplinary PhD programs that will let you study English/Cultural Studies along with other disciplines such as history or political science? I did my undergrad AND master's in English/cultural studies, and while I'm still interested in literature and film, over the years I've been more and more drawn to the political and economic history behind these cultural texts. I want to find a PhD program that will let me work on cultural studies as well as other disciplines such as economics, history, geography or urban studies. People have suggested I look at American Studies programs as well as the History of Consciousness at Stanford, but does anyone here have any other suggestions for interdisciplinary PhD programs that would allow me to do this?
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    Working full-time during your PhD?

    Hi all, does anyone here have any experience working full-time during the all-but-dissertation (ABD) phase of their PhD? I'm really interested in getting a full-time job outside of academia when I'm ABD because I don't think I can support myself on PhD funding. At the moment, I am a high school English teacher hoping to pursue a PhD in English, history of American studies. If I get into any PhD programs, I would like to do a leave of absence from my current job so that I can fulfill my coursework requirements (which usually conflict with current 8-3PM high school schedule). Ideally, I would then return to my high school job once my course work is complete and I am ABD. Is this too ambitious? Will I burn myself out?
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    Switching from English to History

    Hey thanks! I spent the las half hour looking through the different threads but couldn't seem to find anything particularly relevant. Is there a particular thread you found useful?
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    Switching from English to History

    Hey all--I recently graduated with a master's in English and am trying to switch disciplines and apply for a PhD in history instead. After graduating from my MA program, I audited 3 graduate history seminars and quickly realized that history is the right discipline for me. I really want to apply to a PhD program but I'm not sure I can really get anywhere because I have no history courses on my transcript. I double-majored in English as an undergrad, and then again as a master's student. Does anyone have any suggestions about what I can do to strengthen my history PhD applications before december? Would you recommend paying to take some courses in a continuing education department? I saw Columbia offers this, but it is REALLY expensive, so I want to make sure it's worth it before doing it. Thanks in advance for your help with this!
  9. Hey everyone! I could really use your help: I'm trying to decide on an English or Comparative Literature program and am curious as to whether any of you think that placement records are an important factor in deciding? If so, how do you determine what a good placement record is? Thirdly, why are some schools better at placing students than others? I'm finding this very confusing because strong placement records sometimes don't correspond to the school's level of prestige. For example, I noticed that at Brown's English department, only 7% of graduates in the last 4 years got tenure-track jobs. And at Rutgers, 68% of graduates went on to secure tenure-track jobs.
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    Dropping out of PhD for an MA instead

    I am very interested in getting an MA in history, but am mired in debt and cannot afford the high tuition costs. How common/possible is it for students to go into a funded PhD program and then drop out after their second year in order to come away with a master's degree?
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    Which Humanities degree is the best for jobs?

    Yeah. That's very true Where do I go about finding this job market data though?
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    The future of comp/lit...

    I'm going to second Claritus's comment. I've been strongly urged to pick comparative literature over English. From my experience it is the comparative literature graduates who are getting the jobs, not just in Comparative Literature or English but also in language departments and even History. I think the main reason for this is that there are soooo many English graduates and not as many people who work with non-English literatures.
  13. Which departments in the humanities are the best and worst for landing academic jobs? I got my master's in English literature, but have been thinking about getting my PhD in history or sociology. Three professors (in English and History) strongly advised me to go into English, which apparently is one of the best (albeit still extremely competitive) for academic jobs. They also said History is one of the most difficult. How true is this? Is there any way to validate these claims?
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    Languages Comparative Literature

    Hey all--I could use your advice. I was just waitlisted from a comparative literature program. The graduate director informed me that the committee loved my application but was a bit hesitant about the fact that i've never done any graduate work in non English languages (even though I am trilingual). I've already graduated so it's a little late for me to enroll in any non-English classes. In the event I do not get into any school and must reapply next year, does anyone have any suggestions for things I can do that might demonstrate my language abilities for my applications? Thanks in advance for your help!
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