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  1. Hi, all. I'm coming to you all in hopes of getting a few words of advice. I recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Sociology, minoring in Psychology. I'm 24 and it's time for me to make some serious decisions about graduate school. My "dream job" changed a few times over the course of the five years it took me to graduate but each of those jobs were in the same ball park. To make a long story short, those dreams of putting my degree to use as a Case Manger have sort of slipped into the past for one reason or another. Now, a degree in Sociology is almost useless without a lot of experience interning, job shadowing, etc.. Rather than going back to school to work toward a Master's degree in a related field I am considering switching routes and pursuing a career in Journalism. Has anyone switched from the social sciences to journalism? Have you had success? Would anyone recommend making this change?
  2. I am beginning to put together a summer reading list that is probably overly ambitious and it got me thinking that there should be a thread for summer reading for social scientists. I would really like to see what books other people have on their to-read lists, no matter the disciplinary background. [My background includes sociology, anthropology, WGS (women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and French.] I'd also be interested in hearing whether and how everyone annotates what they read. Are you revisiting theory you read (or skimmed) during the semester? Are you focusing on classics in your discipline or working your way through some more contemporary works? Are you branching out from the literature in your discipline? Do you do this in an effort to keep it all straight and help with finding the right resources when you are writing? Or is it more for retention of information? Habit? Let's talk about what we read, why we read it, and how we organize our thoughts about it.
  3. HI all, I earned my master's in applied sociology a few years ago from BC. I'm currently thinking about returning to school for a PhD in Sociology with a focus on social welfare, poverty/homelessness, immigration and nationalism, race/class (SES/mobility), political sociology, and mixed methods. I've been working in research for about 6-8 years (in policy think tanks, program eval, and private industry). Any suggestions on sociology programs outside of the top 10 who are accepting of students with aspirations other than the ivory tower?? Thank you in advance!
  4. Hello! I'm interested in applying to Sociology programs for graduate study. I finished my undergrad with a double major from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business in May 2016. I have professors who are willing to write letters of rec and I recently took the GRE and scored in the mid 80th percentile for both verbal and analytical writing, but only 60th for quantitative (damn you, math). However, as a business major, I gained little to no research experience and really don't have a writing/research sample that programs require you submit. My question being - is there a way for me to gain this research experience? Also, any general advice on pursuing a PhD in Sociology would be helpful. I'm a first gen college student, so navigating this can be a bit confusing. Thank you very much in advance!
  5. Hi, everyone! I wanted to go ahead and get this thread started. An interview for the history of sociology and science (HSS) at UPenn has been posted on the results board, and another user was recently contacted by a professor at Penn State with positive feedback about his application. Congrats to both! If the admission committees are on the same timeline as last year, it's possible that we'll hear back from the University of Virginia and Rice very soon. Feel free to share results and discuss as more decisions are sent out.
  6. Hello all! So, I have recently been waitlisted by BU for their sociology program for Fall 2017. I received an email from the graduate school saying that while all positions for the new cohort have been filled, they would keep me on the waitlist in case the situation changes. My question is, what are the chances of getting off the waitlist (I am currently the #1 on the waitlist), when they have said all the positions have been filled? And does this mean that everyone has accepted the offer for Fall 2017 and therefore cannot back out? Also, is it possible for people to back out after they have accepted the offer? I am nervously waiting till April 15, hanging on to the hope that someone accepts an offer elsewhere and I get in, as it is my top choice. Thanks for all your input!
  7. Hello! I am currently starting my search regarding mid-level to top tier sociology programs with an emphasis in immigration. I am originally from the U.S. but am currently finishing an M.A. in sociology from a university in Mexico, and would prefer to begin a program that picks up where I left off (rather than having to redo all of the M.A. level class work). From what I can tell, European and other international programs are better suited for this, rather than most U.S. programs that tend to not differentiate between Masters students and undergrad applicants. I would ideally love to base my research project out of Oaxaca, Mexico, although I´m open to spending the first year abroad to meet requirements. Any suggestions? I am currently looking into Oxford´s new part-time sociology program. I would love to hear any tips/ideas for narrowing down my search. Thanks!
  8. I am currently a BA student in Mumbai, India in my second year. My subjects are sociology, anthropology and ancient Indian culture. I am planning to pursue something along the lines of linguistics and sociology after my third year. However, I am pretty clueless about which universities are good for linguistics and what would be the job prospects thereafter. It'd be great if someone could guide me regarding the same.
  9. Hey, Has anyone applied to McGill for a Masters in Sociology? Anyone have any ideas about when they will send out their responses?
  10. Dear community, I have applied to a couple of one-year programs (willingly and knowingly since I am still on the fence regarding future career) and have been accepted for the MAPSS (2/3 waiver) and MSc Sociology at Oxford (funding tbd). Obviously two different planets in some respects (for instance when comparing the two cities), but I was wondering what the most important differences are between the two programs? How do they rate if I would want to pursue an academic degree (either in Europe or the States)? What are the biggest differences I can expect in relationship towards professors etc? Any other things I should be aware of? Any thoughts would me much appreciated!! Also nice to hear from other students going either direction Kind regards
  11. My end goal is to teach at a top 40 university. Trying to weigh the pros/cons of attending: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - I've had more contact with the faculty (plus one of my recommenders insists it's a better fit) - better funding package (with graduate assistantship + nominated for an award = possibly more funding) - higher ranked (#20 vs. #28 according to the USWNR) --> can anyone speak to the validity of this claim? - houses an Immigration History Research Center and the Minnesota Population Center (two programs related to my research on financialization + immigration) - 94% teaching placement rate (2002-2016) CUNY - potential for more robust networking (faculty, NYC/East Coast lecture circuit) *flip side: expensive living costs - the Immigration Working Group, Sociology Colloquium Series are draws for me - 72% teaching placement rate (2005-09), although their site says the "placement record has markedly improved in the last few years, and we expect that this trend will continue." http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Sociology/Job-Placements Anyone have thoughts they would like to share or is facing a similar decision? I will be visiting both within the next 3 weeks.
  12. Anyone else applying for an MA? I've seen a couple posts on the results search, but little mention on the discussion boards. I'm especially interested in anyone who's applied/been accepted to York University. I'm strongly considering their program, and would love to connect with anyone thinking of attending!
  13. Hey, so I've finally heard back from my schools and I'm trying to decide which soc phd program to go to in the fall and I've narrowed it down to three: Princeton, NYU, and Columbia. I don't know what my stipend would be for Princeton yet, but I've been offered around the same for NYU and Columbia (30K ish)...however NYU offers paid teaching positions, whereas Columbia has teaching requirements(about 15 hr/ week) but teaching is unpaid. In terms of programs, I am interested in cultural and computational sociology and it seems like all three programs have the resources/faculty in those areas. I have some extra considerations because I am a single mom of an infant...so the idea of unpaid teaching time seems logistically and financially troublesome, making NYU appealing....but I went to NYU for undergrad and I know there's kind of a stigma against going to the same grad and undergrad. Any thoughts on these programs? How important it is to go to a different school for grad than you went to for undergrad? Also, any single parent students out there with advice/comments?
  14. Hello Friends, I've only been accepted into one program to date, but I am still waiting to hear back about funding. I called the department after I received my acceptance on February 21st, and they informed me that they submitted my application for fellowship nomination and they were waiting to hear back. When should I realistically expect to have a funding offer? Is there anyone else out there also waiting on funding? #thewaitinggame
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    Outside funding?

    Hi! I've just been accepted to my first school (Boston University) for an MA in Sociology, but they don't offer any funding support for master's students. Besides federal aid, does anyone know of some other funding supports, or where to find info on them? I've checked several websites but it's pretty anemic for the social sciences.
  16. I'm strongly considering the University of Minnesota (fully-funded offer, good fit, cool city, excellent resources, e.g. Minnesota Population Center, etc.) According to different ranking systems (USWNR, Princeton), they're consistently in the top 20-25 and have a 94% placement record. I also came across this PhD pipeline report from Cornell: https://blogs.cornell.edu/facultydevelopment/files/2016/01/Sociology-Pipeline-Report-1jh8i9h.pdf Btw, what are "pipeline calculations" exactly? Universities that are given first/priority considerations when hiring new faculty? Basically, I'm looking for v general input: -from anyone who goes here on what they like/dislike about the program - department prestige (likelihood of securing a faculty position after graduating) - Minneapolis as a place to spend the next 5 years - anything anyone thinks that can be critical intel in this decision-making process (considering one other school in NYC)
  17. Hi! I got admitted into the Ph.D. program at Albany, but I am waitlisted for funding. I am invited to attend the visit day, but as an international applicant, the air ticket is pretty costly. Currently, I think I would definitely go there if I get off the waitlist. I am thinking about whether it will do some help for me to get a funding offer if I attend the visit day and leave the faculty with a good impression. Any suggestions on that?
  18. Now that I've received my first offer and funding package (with hopes more will roll in), I'm wondering - is it standard to negotiate offers? Stipend amounts? Teaching loads? How does this work, and what is the standard protocol? I know that a friend of mine last year was accepted to UCLA's PhD program in Sociology, and then Yale afterwards, so he told UCLA he was accepted to Yale and was considering going there over UCLA - and they (UCLA) offered him more money. But that's my only knowledge with "negotiating" these types of things. Any solid info or opinions would be appreciated. Also, if you know of any resources, that'd help, too. Thanks.
  19. Hey folks, I'm trying to choose whether to go to NYU or UC Berkeley for a PhD in Sociology. (I'm applying for Fall 2017 and I'm pretty confident I'll get into both.) My interests are labor, social movements, and comparative-historical sociology. There are good Marxist profs at both places that I'd want to work with, so the "fit" in that sense is similar. I realize that UCB has a higher ranking and that this prestige will presumably make me more likely to find a job eventually. But for personal reasons I'd much rather be in NYC for the next period in my life. Also, NYU's funding is amazing, they've had good placements in recent years, and many people say that the department will be in the top 10 soon. So I'm trying to figure out whether I would be making a mistake by (as I'm currently inclining to do) going to NYU over #1-ranked Berkeley. Any advice would be much appreciated!
  20. So, I'm getting started on budgeting my time before I apply in the fall for the 2018 application season. I have a capstone project that I feel with heavy editing could be a potential publication, however I wrote the material at the end of 2015, so there would be a large time investment in trying to get the research paper up to publication standards. My cumulative GPA is only a 2.7 because of some mistakes that I made when I was younger, I estimate that my departmental GPA is anywhere from 3.5-3.7. Is it worth it to invest several months in trying to get published before submitting my applications or should I focus on my SOP's and personal statements. I already plan on dedicating six months to the GRE. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  21. So we've all applied and little debates about which programs are best for types of research methods or theory or culture have popped up on other threads. I am interested in what everyone is looking to study and what programs they view as being the best fit for their research interests. It'll be a better place for the back and forth too since now we can get some nuanced opinions from what others see as programs strengths/weaknesses that we didn't see (so if I applied to one or didn't apply to one that you think//know would have been a stronger fit...). Given that sociology is such a diverse field I am sure we will see a lot of nuance in our answers. I research poverty, inequality, and class in the United States- focusing on policy initiatives and the consequences that these have for individuals- particularly with a rural/urban contrast. I view my strongest fits as Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Washington State- all have strong branches of their programs that focus on poverty (Johns Hopkins has the PSI, Stanford has the Center for Poverty and Inequality, and Washington's program has a concentration in social inequalities). I applied to 13 programs in total, all have people who study facets of inequality that I am interested in, but the overall programs were not always the best fit. Thoughts on mine? And what about all of your interests and choices?
  22. Currently, many graduate programs seem to be shifting to a more methods-intensive course of study. While I understand the importance of methods, I am really interested in programs that more equally balanced or more theory-intensive. Any knowledge of programs like this would be extremely helpful.
  23. Hi All! Just stumbled on this site and it looks like there is a good core of sociologists from all over! I'm about to go into my final year of my undergraduate and I'm looking to be doing something very special and a bit challenging for my dissertation that will give me a good strong ground for getting further research funding and getting onto an MSc/PHd course in the future. Currently my focus is very towards young people in Scotland from a looked after background and how they are supported by local governance to progress onto their own independent living with anything close to a decent chance in their future. There are some quantitative sources that are around giving a general overview of some stats related to young people in education, employment, health, and housing, but there doesn't seem to be anything anywhere that is even close to a useful qualitative account of young peoples experiences of the care system other than that which has been undertaken by a few small Scottish charities. so basically is my whole point of this is has anyone came across a useful/interesting qualitative piece of research relating to young people in care (in Scotland or worldwide) as a starting point for me to discover at least a couple of failed angles that haven't really been followed up on before. My massive worry is that i am about to start a research proposal for my dissertation and lose total focus and end up challenging the whole social work system in Scotland utterly by mistake and lack of prior research in the field. any help/advice/links/references would be really appreciated! (and yes public sociology is a full degree in Scotland) Steve
  24. So this is more of a hunch or a question regarding how the admissions process works for sociology. So I've noticed, as have most of you that the Sociology Master's program is growing less and less frequent in the United States. More often than not now, maybe for funding issues or as a way to try to keep students at their current university, schools are doing away with offering a Master's degree in Sociology, in favor of the "masters on the way to your PhD." That being said, I've noticed a lot while browsing some of the better schools, that quite a few of the current students or admits have a master's degree from a different university already. So this has me wondering whether, despite the fact that they say you don't need a Master's degree to apply, if there is some kind of unspoken rule or pattern that favors the students who already have their masters. Now I realize that obviously most of the time, these students are more qualified than students who just have their bachelor's degree. They have more years of research experience typically; they often have a clearer idea of what they would like to study; and they have a master's level thesis to send in as their writing sample. So I guess my question is, with the breakdown/deconstruction of the separate master's program, how are schools making sure that each candidate is looked at fairly, or are they not? Does anyone else think this has the potential to create problems for students without Master's degrees, as fewer and fewer respected and ranked universities are offering terminal MA degrees?
  25. Hey guys, I'm looking for some general information as I know nothing about grad school applications. I'm interested in doing a Ph.D in sociology or political science (I've taken plenty of courses in each, though my B.A. will be in public policy) and I'm wondering how competitive admissions are to top schools like HYP and Columbia for a student that graduates magna cum laude (3.7ish) from a top-15 liberal arts college. If GRE scores are important, assume the equivalent of around a 2100 SAT. Thanks!
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