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  1. Hello, I am hunting around for a Master of Arts program in Classics / Classical Studies / Ancient History (preferably Classical Studies so I am getting both the language and culture courses in my MA), but my issue is that I would need to pursue the program online. I would prefer the school be based in the United States (non-profit, no for-profit schools) as I would need to get financial aid to attend, and there are little to no scholarships that I have found that would apply to a distance program learner, especially one that is for an American student attending a British school at a distance (if you know of one or more and want to share, it would be much appreciated). So far, the only school I have found that is a non-profit school in America that allows a Classical Studies Master's degree to be taken completely online is Villanova University in Pennsylvania. The downside of this is that the school is synchronous, and I currently live in Las Vegas, so arranging the time to be able to go to class would be doable but challenging. My second option is a distance program through a school in the United Kingdom, but those are my final option due to the lack of being able to do it right out of pocket. I also know of the Harvard Extension School, but as that requires residency and beginning the courses by paying out of your own pocket, I would not be able to pursue that path, either. The reason I want a Master of Arts in Classical Studies as an online program is because the local University doesn't have an option for Classical languages or archaeology or ancient history, but I cannot yet afford to move to a place that would offer such a program. The local university is also notorious for delaying graduation for their students by not offering the courses they need to graduate, so I wanted to avoid that as well. If anyone knows of any other non-profit schools, please let me know. I would need it to be without a residency requirement (the maximum I could be gone would be 2 weeks and I doubt I would be able to afford that, regardless) but would consider schools with short residences. I will be fine if Villanova is my only option, but I wanted to see if there were more schools I may have missed? I would prefer asynchronous coursework, but synchronous would be doable. Thank you all in advance!
  2. I'm done writing my thesis proposal, and I'm working on filling out the RTAF for the graduate school. I've selected two faculty members for my thesis advisory committee but I need at least one more person to serve on my committee. I've found an archaeologist who worked at the site I'm interested in, but how do I go about contacting her to ask if she'll serve on my committee? Is name-dropping acceptable? Would it be best to include a CV/resume and a copy of my proposal, or would this be perceived as annoying fluff? What form of communication is preferred? Any and all information is appreciated! I constantly overthink things which is good for a thesis but not so good for explaining to people why I'd love to work with them and what I'm interested in, so I want to get these initial communications right!
  3. Interests are too broad?

    So I'm having trouble figuring out how narrow my interests need to be before I apply to grad school. Some background: I'm aiming to apply to an anthropology Master's program that begins this fall (super quick, I know. Long story), at the same school I got my B.A. in 2014. The program has a focus on cultural resource management (CRM), and it's a terminal Master's. I've worked as an archaeology tech with a government agency for two seasons, going on three, so I know I want to do CRM. I'm also interested in historic archaeology of the American West, and have some interest in public archaeology. One of my profs told me my interests needed to be narrowed down some. Being new to this whole grad school application thing, I didn't realize my interests needed to be narrower before I even started. I'm not even sure what that should look like for me. Does anyone have an examples of what their narrowed interests look like? For instance, if I'm interested in historic archaeology of the American West, would a narrower interest be something like historic mining/extractive industries? Does there need to be more to it than that? Right now I sort of want to scream. I'd ask my profs about this, but it's Saturday, so....
  4. Ole Miss vs. George Mason

    I'm trying to decide between Ole Miss and George Mason's Masters programs. I'm archaeology track, specifically zooarch. Does anyone have any insights to one or either of these schools?
  5. I know for sure that I want to go to graduate school when I finish my undergrad (spring 2018), however, I'm not really sure where to start. I've been researching a decent amount of schools, but I'm not entirely sure what schools are in my league and which are pipe dreams. I'm interested in both MA and PhD programs. My focus would be in Mayan bioarchaeology. So far I've been interested in Texas A&M, Arizona State, and University College London. By the time I graduate I'll have two field schools, one domestic and study abroad that actually focuses on Mayan Bioarch. My GPA is currently 3.85 overall and 4.0 in anthropology. I volunteer in two archaeology labs and with my university's museum collections. I have a few professors who I believe would write my letters of recommendation. My biggest concern right now is really the GRE, practice tests that I've been taking are putting my scores between 305 and 310. I feel like I've hit a road block and am curious as to if there's schools that I'm completely missing or if these schools are even a possibility for me. Everyone always says to start early, and I'm just hoping I'm on the right path! Any input or suggestions would be great! Thanks!
  6. Fall 2017 Archaeology Applicants?

    Hello! We've got a thread for all of Anthropology, but how about all you Archaeology-specific applicants? Who are you? What do you study? Where are you applying? Have you heard back from anyone? Nervously twiddling your thumbs? Gather 'round!
  7. Fall 2017 Anthropology Applicants

    Hey everybody, Just wondering if anyone waiting it out has applied to Anthro programs this Fall. I guess I'll start, I've applied to 3 MA programs at IUPUI, Ball State, and SIU Carbondale. I'm in archaeology, and am hoping to research prehistoric North American arch, specifically Mississippian/Fort Ancient relations. I've been working in the CRM field for the past 3 years, and as some of you might know, you hit a wall as a field technician without a MA. So that's my goal, get an MA, then an RPA, and perhaps eventually a PhD! I would love to direct my own field school one day. My GRE scores really sucked (154 V/147Q/ 4.5 AWA), but I'd like to think everything else I have on my applications are pretty damn solid. I've worked in an arch lab setting for 4 years and have copious amounts of fieldwork experience. I'm currently on a Phase III project excavating a mound! I've got two co-authored reports and a number of lithic analysis contributions as well ...but I am going CRAZY waiting to hear back from these schools. I try to forget about it so I don't worry as much, LOL. So anyone in the field of anth (any subfield) applying to graduate school this fall/year? I'd like to hear about your research ideas and perhaps we can share our anxiety of this process! Good Luck!!
  8. Osteoarchaeology Masters Program

    Hello all, I'm excited to have found this great resource, so I'm hoping to find someone that can help me out and give me some great suggestions. For the longest time, I was convinced that forensic anthropology was the route to go with the job market being okay and there being plenty of schools for the degree. After I visited some graduate schools, I decided to stick with my true interest: Osteoarchaeology! Now, I'm having a hard time finding schools that would give me what I need to continue on that path. The schools I visited were small and I was really happy about the close-knit feeling of the programs. I'm keeping the University of Indianapolis on my list for their Anthropology program, but I don't know if it will be exactly what I need for my future. Does anyone have suggestions as to which schools I should look into that focus heavily on osteology? My preference is for a small, but well funded program so that I can get the attention and focus I would like to experience. Thank you for all your help! Megan
  9. Hello everyone, well as the title states I'm in my final year (joined degree BA history of art/archaeology & Study of religions) and have been looking for some work experience after I graduate. I've already applied to some summer and graduate programs in museums (Peggy Guggenhem, Metropolitan museum, Smithsonian) but I am still looking for more opportunities. I am not set on a particular country or region but really feel like the few online graduate internships are in the US. So I was wondering if anyone else was in the same position, where have you guys applied to?
  10. Hello all, I recently was accepted into University College London's Cultural Heritage Studies MA program through its Institute of Archaeology. I had applied for a Fulbright to cover the cost, but alas, was not awarded a grant. I'm considering taking out the loans for the one year program ($25,000 tuition for US students), but the prospect of graduating with all of the debt and then some, is frightening. I am now wondering if I would be better off finding a program in the US. However, it seems as though there is not a lot of funding options for taught MA programs in the US, and most of the programs are two years in duration, making tuition just as daunting. There seem to be very few US programs in Cultural Heritage Studies, so I am now considering options with flexibility in applied anthropology or perhaps archaeology. I've found programs at University of Montana and other smaller universities that have cultural heritage focused MA options, but would prefer a bigger, perhaps more prestigious university, with more of an international focus. My top choice in the US would be Stanford as they have a variety of courses regarding cultural heritage studies, ethics, indigenous rights etc, but of course they have zero funding for the MA in Anthropology. Basically, will going to University College London for a year and graduating with that debt be great for someone who is looking to work in the international heritage/NGO scene? Or am I better off getting the MA anywhere I can that is affordable? Are there any other funding options for US students wanting to get an MA in the UK, other than Fulbright and Marshall? For background, I have a BA in Anthropology from Berkeley, and I am a CA resident. Many many thanks for your words of wisdom on this tough decision! Any school suggestions or funding suggestions are welcome.
  11. Hello, I was wondering if anyone had an idea of how typical it is for MA students in classical archaeology/history to receive TA positions. I'm taking a post-bac course in classical languages in the fall and hope to be at Michigan, Cincinnati, Bryn Mawr, or Ohio State for the fall of 2013. Does anyone have any recommendations or advice about TA-ing or even fellowships? I want to teach when it's all said and done but don't really know how to start.
  12. Hey All, So I graduated from Berkeley with a BA in English (Medieval focus). After a long process which I won't bore you with, I decided this past Fall to apply for a MSc in Zooarchaeology at York in the UK. I have been in touch with professors at York to get more information on the program and how I can prepare. I took an Intro to Archeology class at Cal, as well as a Physical Anthro class, and am currently taking a Forensic Anthropology class and a Cultural Anthropology class at UT Austin Extension. I am IN LOVE with my forensic class and this has only solidified my desire to dive into an archaeological (and osteological) field. In one sentence: I want to study human artifacts, with a strong focus on osteological remains with a possible/probable focus on animal remains. Though I am fairly flexible as to the time period or place that I study (the great thing about zooarch is that it's everywhere and every-when), I do have a keen interest in Europe (specifically Celtic and Gaulish areas), and the older the better. I should hear back from York any day now, and I would be very excited to complete their program. However, my decision to apply was fairly last minute and based on a complete change in tracks (do not let this confuse you in regards to my interest and dedication -- it's more like I woke up than that I changed my mind) and as a result I didn't really get a chance to poke around and consider other programs (and woulnd't have had time to apply even if I did). If I am accepted to York, I am now strongly considering deferring a year (largely for finacial reasons) and taking that time to also look at what other programs, both in the UK and the US, would be good for me. My understanding is that UT Austin has a very good program (not top, but very good). However, all ranking information I can find is on the Anthropology program, but not specifically on the Archeology program. Can anyone comment on UT Austin's MA program when you put in a focus on Archeology? How about York? Their Archeology department is well regarded in the UK, but how about over here? I know Stanford has an excellent program, and I will likely apply, but I also know my chances of getting in are low. Can anyone suggest other programs that are very good? Above all, I think what I need to know is how important is the "ranking" of an MA program? I know that for employment purposes (specifically if you're looking at Tenure Track academia) it quite matters how others view your PhD program. But what about a terminal Masters program as a precursor to a PhD program? I assume it's not entirely unlike the "prestige" of your BA granting institution -- it may help you get into a program but it's not the be-all-end-all. Thanks in advance for any guidance or thoughts!
  13. Hello all, I recently was accepted into University College London's Cultural Heritage Studies MA program through its Institute of Archaeology. I had applied for a Fulbright to cover the cost, but alas, was not awarded a grant. I'm considering taking out the loans for the one year program ($25,000 tuition for US students), but the prospect of graduating with all of the debt and then some, is frightening. I am now wondering if I would be better off finding a program in the US. However, it seems as though there is not a lot of funding options for MA programs in the US, and most of the programs are two years in duration, making tuition just as daunting. There seem to be very few US programs in Cultural Heritage Studies, so I am now considering options with flexibility in applied anthropology or perhaps archaeology. I've found programs at University of Montana and other smaller universities that have cultural heritage focused MA options, but would prefer a bigger, perhaps more prestigious university, with more of an international focus. My top choice in the US would be Stanford, but of course they have zero funding for the MA in Anthropology. Basically, will going to University College London for a year and graduating with that debt be great for someone who is looking to work in the international heritage/NGO scene? Or am I better off getting the MA anywhere I can that is affordable? Are there any other funding options for US students wanting to get an MA in the UK, other than Fulbright and Marshall? For background, I have a BA in Anthropology from Berkeley, and I am a CA resident. Many many thanks for your words of wisdom on this tough decision!