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  1. A question: has any of you guys heard of individually tailored joint PhD programs where a student participates in more than two departments across the humanities and social sciences? It is common to have a degree jointly offered by two departments (philosophy+classics; anthropology+divinity, etc.), but what about three? Is it possible? Does it make practical sense in terms of finding employment? A few hypothetical examples: A student interested in comparing Ancient Greek and Mesopotamian literatures participating in the departments of Classics, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Comparative Literature. A student interested in Indo-Iranian historical linguistics participating in the departments of Linguistics, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
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    moving into classics

    If you have good German, you should go to Germany to get a MA in classical philology. It is mostly free. You pay a registration fee of 1000+ euro per semester and that's it. The total cost of living is around 13500 dollars a year. You do not need to compete with others. You will be admitted as long as one professor agrees to advise you. Tell them that you lack language training and are willing to take more time to strengthen your language skills. Somebody will definitely say yes.
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    UChicago MPPSS or MAPH?

    Hello my friends. I am currently considering applying to UChicago's MA programs. However, I am hesitant about which one to apply to. A bit of background: I previously studied political science in the US but want to transition into early Chinese history. I am a Chinese natioanal, have been reading Chinese history my whole life, and am capable of using Chinese sources in my own writing (I am currently a columnist). However, I did not take a single class on Chinese history in my undergraduate years because I thought they were simply too easy. The consequence is that I have no way of proving my knowledge of the subject. I previously applied to UPenn's MA program of Chinese studies and was rejected because, it was explained to me by the program director, that I did not have years of training in the field (everything else was just fine, he so assured me). My questions are: 1. Which program do you think is of higher quality, MAPSS or MAPH? Even if there is only a marginal difference. 2. Which program is perceived to be of higher quality in academia? 3. Which program is most likely to offer me admission? Specifically on Question 3, I have planned out three strategies: 3.1 Apply to MAPH honestly, saying that I wish to study early China despite not having a previous training. This feels like a reenactment of my failed application. 3.2 Apply to MPPSS honestly, saying that I want to major in History and study early China. 3.3 Apply to MPSS by saying that I want to major in Political Science and study modern Chinese politics but take courses on early Chinese history after getting in. I cannot apply to both programs at the same time because one of my recommendors said he would provide letters for no more than four programs and I have to balance my choices. I am sure you guys will have some brilliant ideas to share. Thank you all for reading this.
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