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  1. Hi everyone! It's beginning to look a lot like application season again and I've been wondering if there's anyone else out there applying to East Asian Studies programs? There must be, right?! I'm starting to get nervous (and excited) and would love to hear from others going through the same ordeal. I'm sure we'll all need to commiserate at some point, perhaps early and often My research interested are focused on pre-modern/medieval Japanese history and religion. The programs I'm most interested in are at Harvard, Columbia, University of Chicago, and possibly UBC. I'm also trying to narrow down my list for other programs and will apply to a mix of MA and PhD programs. Been out of school a few years, too, so it's time to get my butt back in gear...I feel like I have so much work to do!! But enough about me, I hope to hear from you guys too What are you interests and where do you hope to go?
  2. Hello everyone, it's good to meet you all. I am new here, and as a third year political science undergrad, I am not quite at the point that many of you are. My academic career and been fairly rocky, but it is my dream and goal to get into a master's degree program for political science, and international relations specifically. I have a deep interest in East Asia and the political dynamics between the East Asian states. The purpose of this post is to find out if there is any hope for me to get into graduate school. I began university at the University of Alberta in Fall 2014 as a physics major in the department of science (don't even ask). After crashing and burning with a couple of D's, an F and W or two, I moved into the political science program (which had been my plan to begin with). I immediately started pulling much better grades in my second year, and was asked if I would be interested in the honours program in political science. This would have been a great opportunity, but I soon after discovered I was ineligible. The program required a B average in all PolS courses taken, and I had received a C in PolS 101 during my first year as a physics major. Since then, I have continued on the regular political science path, and aim to graduate in 2019. Currently, my overall GPA is about 3.4, and I will work to bring this up as I distance myself from my disastrous foray into the sciences. My fourth year is nearly entirely political science courses, so I intend to do better than I have in the past. Now I do not aim to be accepted into any Ivy League schools, but I would like to get into a decent Master's program in international relations. I have proficiency in the Japanese language, and have been investigating international relations programs at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University in Japan. These would be my top picks, as they allow me to be immersed in Japan, which will help my future research interests. I am concerned that since I am not enrolled in the honours program, which would normally allow one to prepare an undergraduate thesis, this will cause issues for me down the road. What are my chances, and what can I do to salvage my academic career? Thanks!
  3. I'm looking to enter a PhD program in Poli Sci, specifically IR for the 2018 cycle. I live in Texas and am aiming at UT's program as I have already spoken with them and toured the LBJ school. However, I am also being a prudent Poli Sci guy and hedging risk. As such, I was wondering what y'alls suggestions are for full-ride programs with strengths in East Asia and Security Studies? My background: I was a Philosophy and Spanish double major at Loyola New Orleans. I've had a few years of work experience in real estate and teaching English abroad (I lived in Taiwan for four years). I am fluent in Spanish and conversant and literate in Mandarin. My interests: International Relations, behavioral approaches to the Social Sciences, Maritime and Energy Economics, East Asian (specifically Chinese) Studies, the impacts of climate change within a security studies framework, Col John Boyd and the impact of technology on American strategic thinking, the 500 year Go game between Alfred Thayer Mahan and Harold Mackinder, and videos of cats getting brainfreeze (because we could build a freakin' religion around that eucharist) Thanks for any suggestions, Maijax
  4. Hey guys, Just wondering how many people on this site are applying for PhD Programs in East Asian Art and Architecture. If you are applying, to what area of focus - Chinese, Japanese, Korean? To which school or with what POIs? Has anyone spoken to or met with any professors from any of the programs - how did it go? I've just been curious, because there didn't seem to be much talk about Art History focused in East Asia. Cheers~
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