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  1. Hello! I'm currently an undergraduate student in my junior year, and I'm very interested in graduate school. I am double-majoring in English (Creative Writing) and History, so I have an array of options; however, I am leaning very heavily towards History MA programs. I am enjoying the search process, but I'm running into some issues that are causing it to be a bit overwhelming. First and foremost, my advisor -- while an awesome lady and a great professor -- has not been terribly helpful. Every conversation about graduate school with her has almost immediately led to her pushing me towards a museum studies or library sciences program, and she hasn't even been very helpful in how to go about pursuing that if I decided to. Being a first-generation college student, all of this is very, very new to me, so the lack of support from the one person I know with knowledge of this sort of thing has been difficult. Secondly, I am pretty adamant about studying ancient history in particular. Not only is there where most of my interest lies, but with my Ancient and Medieval Studies minor, this is what I'm more prepared to do advanced study in, in my opinion. The problem with that is my severe lack of language preparation. I know language prep is not as important to MA programs as it is to PhD programs, but most Ancient History programs I've looked at still seem to have some expectations. Unfortunately, my current university, despite having an Ancient and Medieval Studies program, has literally zero ancient language courses (they used to, apparently -- go figure). I have tried to study a bit of Latin on my own, but it hasn't gone particularly well. Greek, as you can imagine, has gone even worse. I did come across a program at Indiana University that seemed compelling -- their MA in Ancient History and Language Acquisition, which focuses on acquiring lacking language skills. Something like that seems interesting, but I have to wonder if that's even a good choice. For instance, if I decided to pursue a PhD later on, would I be lacking in other areas because so much of my MA was focused on language study? If it's plausible to both study languages intensively and get the adequate preparation in history study, why don't more schools offer something like this? It just seems a bit...too good to be true, I suppose, and I'm a little worried. I guess what I'm wondering is: what are my chances of successfully pursuing this specific area of study at this point? Should I be giving up on this and trying to broaden my horizons? Like I said, graduate study is a whole new world to me, so any advice in general would be much appreciated.
  2. So, I discovered this program(me) recently because I tend to just look around at other universities for fun because I compile resource pages for aspiring Classicists and thought some of you might be interested in the program(me). It's entirely online and the courses they have on offer include ancient Egypt, which I think is a great thing. Another great thing about this program(me) is that it can be taken as individual courses, a Postgraduate Certificate, or a Postgraduate Diploma if you don't want to pursue the full Master of Science with the dissertation. I've put the link below for folks who might want to check it out. It's relatively new, as I was hunting around for a program like this in 2018 when I finished my other MA. Enjoy! https://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/graduate-school/programmes/masters-degree-programmes/classics-programmes/ancient-world-online
  3. I'm having a bit of a dilemma with my pursuit of a second Master of Arts degree. Let me preface this by saying that while a second Master's degree may not seem like a good idea to some, since my first Master of Arts degree is in Museum Studies, the second degree would be complimentary to it in some way. My issue is that I need to attend my second Master of Arts degree as a distance learning/online program, as I do not have access to these programs at the local university and cannot afford to move at this moment and am working a full-time job now. Therefore, the dilemma I face is the following: do I apply to multiple graduate schools in the different fields I am considering as my second Master of Arts and attend the one that I feel is best suited to my goals, or should I focus solely on what I know will help the end goal the most? The issue is this: my local university does not have Classics, Classical archaeology, ancient history, or art history offered at the graduate level here, and those are the areas in which I desire to combine into an interdisciplinary PhD (such as the NYU ISAW or UPenn's AAMW program), but I am seeking out a terminal MA at the moment because I am not able to move yet. I have found that Villanova University offers their Classical Studies MA online but it's synchronous, so I would have to attend at the offered course time, which is doable but challenging. Thus far, that is the only university that I have found that offers a program that would be competitive enough to gain me entry into an eventual PhD. My question is: Should I apply to the Classical Studies by itself or should I apply to Villanova, but also for the second MA programs I am considering, such as Art History, History, Library Sciences (which would help as I work in a museum and often collaborate with the research library, so it would be relevant but not to my end goal of a PhD), and/or English/Creative Writing MFA - it's a hard call because I know it makes me look like I don't have one concentration or focus, but as I will have a Master's in Museum Studies soon, any of these degrees would pair well (I know many will tell me to take the MFA out, which I have considered anyway, since I could always pursue that later if I felt like it). The issue with the art history and history options, is, of course, not many online programs will allow you to focus on ancient history. I know that there are a decent schools in the UK that would be able to offer this (such as the University of Wales Trinity Saint David), but I cannot afford to pay that much out of pocket, so for now I am looking into American schools only. I think the root of my issue is worrying that I won't get into Villanova and then not know what to do with myself if I don't, since there's not that many other options. Help?
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