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sociopolitic last won the day on February 11

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About sociopolitic

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    cultural sociology, public opinion, political sociology
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    2019 Fall
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  1. I think it's probably important to note that admissions committees are evaluating you based on their impressions of your potential to become a sociologist rather than whether you're currently a sociologist. With a background of research in sociology and the ability to ask professional social scientists to vouch for your potential as a researcher, I don't think you need to be concerned with making your resume "more sociological" or anything. The part of your application which does need to be very sociological is the SOP, in which you should situate your research interests firmly within the boundaries of sociology and outline the particular faculty/resources a department offers that would assist you in your pursuit of that research. In other words, it seems pretty clear from your application materials that you're capable of being a social scientist. What's going to matter to adcomms is whether you can demonstrate commitment to being a sociologist, and that's something they're going to comb through your SOP (not your CV) to evaluate.
  2. Applying to programs based on how easy they are to get into rather than based on the research their faculty do is probably not going to result in a very successful admissions cycle. Being able to convincingly articulate fit was, at least in my experience, effectively what determined whether or not I got into a program. I had the same GRE scores you mentioned on the soc forum as well as 2-3 years of research experience and the programs I didn't get admitted to are the ones for which I was least excited about preparing my application. In other words, you're a strong applicant and worrying about which program is "easiest" to get into is kind of a waste of your time. You're better off perusing faculty rosters at any department which you think might be a good intellectual home for you until you've developed a list of programs whose faculty do work that really gets you excited. Geeking out a bit was what distinguished my successful SOPs from my unsuccessful SOPs. In any case, I'm not convinced that at the level of the top 5 or 10, programs across these disciplines are really any more competitive than one another. Maybe you can make a case for differences the quality of the "average" PhD student in that discipline, but I think that these differences are more rooted in the philosophical orientations of the disciplines themselves (and therefore the socialization structures they create) than in intrinsic differences between their students. Either that, or students self-select into disciplines based on these philosophical orientations.
  3. sociopolitic

    PhD or Harvard MA?

    Generally speaking, I personally would not take on debt in pursuit of a sociology PhD. I'd probably take the PhD offer. That said, without knowing more details about your situation, it's hard to know what to recommend. There are some subfields (such as my own, lol) that don't have as wide a range of job market options as others (i.e. stratification and other topics at the core of the field). If you plan on going into an area like religion or culture, it might be worth getting your MA and trying to land in a higher ranked program. That's hard to say for sure though, because there are programs in the range of ranks you specified that are really, really good at getting their students tenure-track jobs. I also think it's probably important to come up with a solid estimate of how much debt you'd need to take on to get the MA. That'll make the whole cost/benefit analysis easier, I think. PM me if you'd like to talk more but don't want to post tons of details on here!
  4. sociopolitic

    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    Why can't I stop checking this site?! The application cycle ended for me with my final rejection last week! I have a problem...
  5. How many responses has it gotten thus far?
  6. sociopolitic

    Am I a Competitive PhD Applicant? Fall 2021 Hopeful

    I think I would recommend getting your GREs up if at all possible. Your profile is generally strong, but without research experience in soc (unless your publication is super sociological) I think getting your scores up would be very helpful. No matter what, you definitely need to make it clear why you're going into soc and not polisci. (I'd be happy to help in that regard -- I majored in both!) I think your GRE might be less important if you had a "name brand" degree, so to speak, but I'd say bumping your score a bit can likely make up for that, especially since your GPA is excellent.
  7. sociopolitic

    Negotiating Stipends/varied amounts within cohort

    I've heard that with its prominent grad student union, Michigan offers all its students the same package. I can't confirm this for certain, though, because I'm definitely too terrified to have even asked (the voice of paranoia in my head is convinced they'll rescind my admission lol)
  8. sociopolitic

    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    Well, if we're labeled as "weirdos" for being polite, I think I'm cool with it!
  9. sociopolitic

    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    Oh I hadn't even thought about this yet... I'll probably email whomever informed me of my acceptance a polite email that says something to the effect of "I'm honored by the offer, but after much thought I've decided to attend University X." Academic sociology is a pretty small world, so they'll likely find out where you're headed anyway -- might as well be the one the giving the news! Surely establishing an early reputation for friendliness and professionalism can't hurt!
  10. sociopolitic

    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    I'm not super close with any of my recommenders, but I'm definitely giving them thank you cards! If you're wore a gift is too much, I think a card is a good route to take
  11. sociopolitic

    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    I'd also be happy to look over SOPs and offer suggestions! I definitely took more of the "strictly business" route that @jriveracalmentioned. I still briefly touch upon the development of my research interests, but the majority of my SOP is spent outlining in rather broad strokes the research agenda that I hope to pursue in grad school and beyond. I also connected this proposed research to work that's currently being done in sociology. Please feel free to PM me! I'd love to read about everybody's research, and if I can be of any help, even better!
  12. I love this idea! There are a handful of articles about the PhD program hierarchy of hiring but much less information about the stratififying structure of PhD admissions, so I'd love to see a lot of responses to this survey!
  13. sociopolitic

    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    I think they've only sent out rejections to those they interviewed but did not admit. Does that help at all?
  14. sociopolitic

    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    Is it too soon to point out that this makes no sense? It's almost like "I know you are but what am I?" except it doesn't mean that even a little bit. Anyway, cut it out y'all. This site (and the field) is (are) better off without trolls.
  15. sociopolitic

    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    I'm really glad to hear that you're happy with where you're headed! I actually have a background in political science as well, so our interests might be pretty similar (in terms of being interested in the role culture plays in politics) but I found that political science programs don't allow for as much focus on culture as I'd personally prefer. Sociology is great about allowing interdisciplinary work though, so maybe I'll see you at conferences one day! Best of luck!

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