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  1. Hope everyone has seen all the stuff re: cash-cow masters programs at Columbia, UChicago, etc, if not on WSJ, then on Twitter. Avoid these fake programs.
  2. If you are still looking for a funded French masters for next year, consider Miami OH: https://www.miamioh.edu/graduate-school/admission/index.html What matters is that it's free! They also have great placements in top PhD programs in French.
  3. If you have the resources, you should go for it! Mostly, I just wouldn't recommend someone to take loans/spend limited savings etc. in pursuit of a graduate humanities degree. I'm curious by what you mean by you 'can help with her research.' Academic research in French lit/studies is not typically a collaborative affair, unless it's in the digital humanities category.
  4. Given that this MA program is brand new, it seems to me Stanford is trying it out to increase funding. The idea would be to have a few MA students every year to support PhD stipends. What is Stanford's tuition? $70k? That's the stipend for two PhD students that year (the tuition for PhD students is basically imaginary). Other years, students will teach and what not, which will draw from the university's teaching fund. It won't even out exactly, but it will heavily cushion the French department's finances, which has been in serious trouble, along with the entire DLCL. I personally wouldn't want
  5. OMG please no—do NOT do an unfunded masters in French. It's money down the drain—unless you have lots of it, then up to you. I'm surprised that Stanford has this new path, but it makes sense, since they are short on $$ these days. In this regard, you would just be funding their PhD program. The reason people do not graduate in 5-6 years is not because they can't. I could have rushed my dissertation and finished it as a fourth year. No, the time-to-degree is long mainly because people try to spend as much time as possible collecting teaching experience and applying to jobs. There are barel
  6. Under neoliberalism, nothing related to the humanities at the university is going to get "better." That's just the endpoint for me.
  7. Wow—declined an interview from Yale. Bold. Yale (along with Emory) has actually the best recent placements among all PhD programs in French. For all of its issues, the program is doing something right. That said, Berkeley is a very fine institution, and you'll probably thank yourself later for choosing the nicer weather. Good luck with Princeton: people there say about half of those interviewing will be admitted.
  8. Berkeley is a fantastic institution in a wonderful location. The profs are amazing and supportive, the atmosphere is collegial and friendly—unlike most east coast schools. Money will be tight. You will have to decide what is more important to you: a good experience with so-so $$, or relatively more $$ with a not-so-great atmosphere.
  9. Just a reminder as you finish your applications: you should not think about getting a PhD in French as a means to an end, i.e. becoming a full-time professor in a university. That is an alternative path; the vast majority of French PhDs today do not find tenure-track jobs. However, if your goal is to read nice books, travel to France and elsewhere, read and write and just live while you can, then go for it—especially if you are in your mid-twenties. It can be fun. But absolutely do not expect to be a professor; otherwise, you might be in for a shock, whether you go to a top school or not.
  10. Yes. Feel free to email the DGS at either school if you want to hear it from them.
  11. Just be warned that this will be an absolutely terrible year for admission to PhD programs in French. Columbia has already announced it is not accepting applications for Fall 2021. Yale and Princeton will only accept a handful. Good luck. It would be best to wait a year; most students that start PhD programs in French during Fall 2021 will be "underplaced."
  12. Yale's Spanish department is complete garbage-fire. That said, I wouldn't recommend that you get a masters in Spanish lit from Oxford -- your professor is right; it is a waste of money. The likelihood of getting a full-time faculty job after the PhD is very slim; in the process, you don't want to pay any debt in this precarious profession. I would recommend that you apply to PhD programs that you want to attend (although note that next year is going to be pretty dismal admissions-wise: COVID will translate into fewer admission offers at all schools.) Don't apply to programs you are not sure ab
  13. @Marcin, grad seminars are tricky business. For example, part of the reason NYU French admits so many students is to fill their seminars. Students there have to take most of their classes within the department. On the other hand, at Cornell, students have a lot more freedom, precisely because it's a PhD in Romance Studies, interdisciplinary by its structure itself. And then there are Harvard and Yale, which allow you to take four seminars outside the department. If it's a small cohort, the faculty will offer fewer graduate courses, and mostly required ones/based on interests. Congratulation
  14. Hey there @Vivian2020, That's a nice fellowship, but please consider how terrible living in Charlottesville can be -- it is extremely difficult and time-consuming to get to any major city. If you study foreign languages, you probably have some interest in travel and the like. Traveling while going to UVA is extremely annoying. I'd much rather go to Emory than UVA. Of course, you should visit and then make up your mind.
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