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  1. I'll be a senior in the fall finishing my BA in Government at Cornell. I ultimately want to teach and do a bit of research on the side; my ultimate career goal is to pursue a Ph.D. and end up at a teaching college, probably in the US. I'm also interested in working in public service, preferably the federal government. Since I don't feel ready to apply for a Ph.D. quite yet, and many have advised me to take a few years to do something else before doctoral study, I'm trying to think about what I should apply for in the next year. The job market seems as though it well be very unkind to a graduating social science major, so I am applying to fellowships in addition to some master's degree programs. Unfortunately I spent much of my undergraduate career figuring myself out - changing majors, taking classes I ended up disliking, being generally "late to the game", so I feel like I haven't really honed my interests much. Much of the coursework I took relates to American politics, and while I do enjoy learning about American politics, I am becoming increasingly interested in European affairs and French/Francophone studies. My hope would be that if/while I do my Ph.D., I can incorporate some French fieldwork as part of my dissertation. I was able to study abroad this semester in the UK and thoroughly enjoyed being abroad. My primary academic interests are in comparative politics and political methodology (specifically I enjoy studying elections and voter behavior as well as political culture). I am beginning to research and choose schools to submit applications for this fall, and I am soliciting any advice from graduates or current students in these programs. My main criteria include: the ability to continue language study (many US programs lack this), study abroad (similar issue), offer merit aid and/or partial tuition scholarships, and have faculty whose research interests align with mine (either as a potential connection at a future doctoral program and/or someone who can advise me on doctoral applications in the future and how I can incorporate my interests into my career). The programs I am currently considering match some or all of these criteria: Sciences Po: MA in European Affairs Oxford: MSc in Politics Research Oxford: MPhil in Comparative Politics Cambridge: MPhil in Politics in International Studies University of Chicago: MA in Social Sciences Duke University: MA in Political Science NYU: MA in European and Mediterranean Studies NYU: MA in French Studies UVA: MA in European Studies It feels like I have a million questions. Some of the most burning ones are: What are the relative benefits of doing a MA in a lesser-known or more niche field (i.e., European or French studies vs. Political Science or Comparative Politics)? Does this set me apart and/or benefit me at all in the Ph.D. application process down the road? Is it worth applying to programs that I *know* will not allow me to study language or study abroad, since these experiences are really important to me? How are the French and British degrees perceived to employers and doctoral programs in the US? If you were an American student who went to one of these programs in Europe, what was it like adjusting to student life abroad? If I don't have a lot of international affairs and comparative politics coursework from my undergraduate career, is that a major detriment to my masters application (let's say for all programs except the Duke and UChicago ones)? I recognize that all of these programs are highly competitive. How do they compare with each other? If you have suggestions for other programs to look at, please feel free to say! If you are a current student or alum from any of these programs and are willing to share more with me about your experience, career path, etc. - please reply or reach out! I would love the chance to speak further and more specifically with you!
  2. Bonjour à tous, à toutes! (Pasting this here as well, as it's my first time on GradCafé and idk which forum is more appropriate) I've applied to several PhD programs in French (some : NYU, Yale, Princeton, Brown, UVA, Cornell, etc.) and I'm most impatiently waiting to hear any news ... so far, the radio silence is starting to get to me. Has anyone heard anything ... anything at all (from anywhere - doesn't have to be the above listed schools)? Any news or information would be appreciated immensely! I'm an Early Modernist currently finishing an MA with several niche areas of research, so for the purpose of anonymity, I'm going to leave it at that. Wishing everyone good luck and an awesome 2020!
  3. Hey guys, not really sure if I should post this in a different area, but I figure maybe someone else applied and was accepted to University of Pittsburgh or can relate. I received an acceptance email from the Director of Graduate Studies in French at Pitt letting me know the admissions committee decided to accept me. This was back in February. He mentioned that they have a holding pattern on funding and that it would be a few more weeks until he can let me know any funding details, and that he would get back to me when it's settled and just let him know if I receive other offers. But I haven't heard anything since. I know things are probably chaotic rn with covid (I'm working in South Korea so I haven't experienced the American craziness first hand but yikes), but usually the acceptance deadline is April 15th......I know on the results page some other people posted results so if anyone has heard anything pls let me know. Anyone else waiting on funding info from their schools? Do you think I should contact the director?
  4. Both seem great, though highly different, options. At times, I find myself considering the schools through a Head/Heart dichotomy, where: Heart = Berkeley; Head = Princeton. This may be foolishness, but there it is. *** Princeton Pros: Better stipend, less teaching, cheaper cost of living, proximate to New York and Philly, more funding for archival research, language study, and conference travel. Princeton Cons: (Allegedly) more traditional and hierarchical, not exactly a vibrant town, smaller [possibly a pro], more self-enclosed, less pleasant weather/environment overall. AND Berkeley Pros: Beautiful area, lovely weather, more diversity (of people, ideas, environment), larger [could also be a con], more vibrant grad. student life and community, more life outside of campus, (allegedly) less hierarchical. Berkeley Cons: Worse stipend, higher cost of living, more teaching, environmentally precarious area (earthquakes, droughts, wildfires, hyper-development), less funding for archival research, language study, travel. *** Any help, advice, anecdotes, are appreciated tremendously! Thank you.
  5. Hi Everyone! This was actually @xinyu_uynix's idea, but I agreed and wanted to hear folks' plans or opinions during the decision making process. I'm probably not the best one to start the conversation because I applied to a mixture of French, Comparative Literature, and Romance (French/Spanish) PhD programs. But I think this is true for a couple of others as well. So far I've been accepted and offered funding at Penn State Comparative Literature and U of Michigan French. I've been accepted with funding but no official funding package yet at Comp. Lit. UC Berkeley. I'm interviewing / doing a visit weekend for USC 's PhD in French and Francophone studies track of the Comparative Studies in Lit. and Culture. I was rejected after an interview with Yale French. I was rejected at Emory Comp Lit, and I still haven't heard responses from NYU Comp Lit, or Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard or Duke (though I suspect those are rejections). How is everyone feeling about the decision making? I'm not making any final choices until after my visits.
  6. Bonjour à tous, à toutes! I've applied to several PhD programs in French (some : NYU, Yale, Princeton, Brown, UVA, Cornell, etc.) and I'm most impatiently waiting to hear any news ... so far, the radio silence is starting to get to me. Has anyone heard anything ... anything at all (from anywhere - doesn't have to be the above listed schools)? Any news or information would be appreciated immensely! I'm an Early Modernist currently finishing an MA with several niche areas of research, so for the purpose of anonymity, I'm going to leave it at that. Wishing everyone good luck and an awesome 2020!
  7. Hello all! I'm currently a teaching assistant in French (I'm french) in a pretty good university and I'm going to apply to PhD programs in the fall (I'm really interested in narratology, Nouveau Roman, film and poetry, so NYU and U of Chicago might be interesting) I wanted to start an application thread to have an idea of what kind of universities people are applying to. So: where are you applying to and why?
  8. My girlfriend and I will be applying to French PHD programs in the NY area (Rutgers, Colombia, Princeton, NYU, UPenn) as well as in the southeast (University of Virginia, Duke) and several universities in Canada (Université de Montréal and McGill). I’m also interested, but have not yet check out, universities in California such as UCLA, Stanford, or Yale. (For the latter, I read that PHD applicants must have a year of teaching experience and this is not my case.) We are both currently in masters of comparative at Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle). For my part, l have been a resident in France for 4 yrs, having passed the “concours d’enseignement” or the CAPES and taught as a full time English language teacher for 2 years. My companion also had a stint as a highschool teacher here, but she is a native French speaker. My research interests are mainly in francophone literature and literature and economy. Hers are primarily in trauma studies. Would anybody have any information about the universities I mentioned, any helpful advice on the application process or other universities ? Thank you all advance - I signed up b/c I found a similar thread for the 2019 session and everybody seemed supportive and knowledgeable!
  9. Hi all - I have a question about which direction I should go for a masters program. I am transitioning from a career in law and would like to get a PhD in French literature and culture. I'm going to start with a masters program so that I can demonstrate research proficiency in the field, provide relevant work samples for PhD applications, and show that I am serious about the transition. My question is whether it would be helpful or harmful to do the masters in Comparative Literature, rather than in French studies or French lit. The Comp Lit program requires a dissertation at the end, and my proposal would compare two French texts from the 17th century. To the extent my PhD program might be more interdisciplinary, rather than strictly French lit, would having a masters in Comp Lit pose any problems? Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks!
  10. Hi all, I'm a third-year studying literature at a lower-tier UC, and I'm thinking about grad school, though frankly I'm a little lost, so I'd appreciate some input from those more experienced. I'd like to get a terminal MA both because I'm too lost -- meaning, I don't know what I want to specialize in, what my research strengths are, or even if I'm cut out to spend years of my life spending lit. -- and because I'd like to teach community college or maybe high school. Of course, I'd like to do it without accruing too much debt, too. But my questions are as follows: -- I've just started my third-year, though I still don't really have a focus; part of that is because I haven't been diligent in doing my own, independent study of the history of literature and literary theory, so I don't have a comprehensive understanding of different movements (e.g. I know, in a couple of sentences, what the Frankfurt School is, but not in any depth). How should I go about...well, finding an interest, especially so that I can do some independent research before grad school? This isn't to say I haven't found anything interesting -- rather, everything seems interesting to some extent, and I'm a bit overwhelmed, unguided. My coursework has been in a bunch of different subfields, so i have a shallow understanding of many things. -- Secondly, I've perused this forum and found a thread or two on terminal MAs. The upshots: go only if you have funding, there aren't many funded MAs, and choose a city that you like. Besides that, any recommendations on programs? One problem I seem to be having is that I'm not sure whether I'm a competitive candidate for a lot of programs, say Georgetown, because most MA programs don't post data like they do for undergrad (comprehensive freshman profile w/ SAT scores, GPA, etc.). Could anyone give me basic stats to give me an idea? Furthermore, it's hard to identify "fit" when I don't have a solid research interest. -- Thirdly, what exactly are the most important criteria for admission? My understanding is... Fit > previous research experience > letters of rec > personal statement > GPA > GRE > Extracurriculars > Misc. Currently, I don't have any research exp., but I do have a high GPA and pretty good extracurricular experience in journalism. But what does it take, for example, to get funded at Georgetown MA? What about SF State's MA? Thanks!
  11. So I want to apply to grad school for speech path this upcoming year. My main concern is my horrible mark that I got in Phonetics - C+. It is my lowest mark and I know that a lot of schools look at prereqs in which case Phonetics is typically one. I have a B+ average and hoping to get more A's this year to at least bring up my GPA. I am also a French minor (fluent in French) and wanted to apply to either Université d'Ottawa, Université du Québec, Université de Laval and Université de Montréal. Anyone who has applied to these schools or attended them? Or any advice at all in terms of getting in? Thanks!
  12. Hey everybody, Anybody knows of the quality of UW Madison for French MA en route to Ph. D program? Asking because I get some red flags from: 1) a student I knew from undergrad got accepted and her GPA/grades were average 2) no info about job placement for graduates on their website and 3) website says it takes less than 4 years to complete. Also, financial aid-wise the information doesn't sound promising. Just wondering if anyone had any info on the department. Thanks.
  13. Hello everybody, This is the first draft of my personal statement for UI-Bloomington's French grad (MA/PhD) program. I realize most people advice to avoid writing statements that sound like an accomplishment list but since for this one I had only 500 words, I went for this traditional route and simply stated why I think I am a good fit. The ending sounds a bit corny so I might definitely drop it (I had a good story to go along with that ending, but I ran out of words). Let me know what you think, any advice, suggestions, word is very welcome. This is the first I've written so far, and frankly I do not hate it and feel 80% good about it. Also I can return the favor if you just let me know! We're all in this together. Thanks! UI Bloominton SOP.docx
  14. Hello everyone! I am currently investigating programs in French and Francophone Studies. I'm interested modern literature and poetry. Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences that they could share?
  15. I thought I'd start a thread for us to update when we hear responses (good or not so good) from French MA and PhD programs. (If this already exists elsewhere, please let me know!) It's still a bit early for most institutions, but I know some are calling for interviews already and based on past years' threads it should ramp up soon! So where has everyone applied? Who have you heard from so far? Top choices? So excited to hear everyone's experiences. Thanks!
  16. Hi all! I am a first-year student studying art history, and a requirement of my university's program is that I study two different languages. I am planning on taking a course this summer so I can put lots of focus into it. I am currently taking French, and am between taking either Italian or German this summer. I am interested in going to graduate school as well (and know that a lot of schools require reading knowledge of certain languages) and am most interested in the Renaissance and Baroque eras as of yet, so that's why I am focusing on Italian and German. I'm split because on one hand I have been told Italian will be much easier for me since I know French (I am at B2 level if that helps), and since I am more interested in the Renaissance I thought it might be better? I might also want to apply to the Venice Guggenheim internship in the future, and a requirement is that you know some Italian. However, I have personally been really interested in German culture/language for a while and have picked up a little bit. Someone suggested that I take German in the summer because it's harder and I'll have more time to focus on it, and Italian I can take another time because it'll be easier for me to pick up? Any suggestions or experience in how either or both of the languages helped in grad school/the art field/jobs in the non-art field would be amazing and appreciated! Or any tips on studying those languages!
  17. Hi! I'm a student of English Studies from Poland and this year I'm writing my BA dissertation on "The Influence of the Norman Invasion on English Language". In the 1st chapter I wanted to present how Old English and Norman French looked like before the invasion but I lack any information on the latter. If you could direct me to some websites, books, or articles on the topic, I would appreciate it very much. These may include linguistic records of the language of Normans and the language before the Vikings had settled in Normandy. Thanks in advance! PS. Perhaps some of you are able to translate the above into French. If you could, I would post this on some French speaking blogs and maybe receive some feedback there as well.
  18. Hello everyone! I currently live in Quebec, Canada. I am currently studying in an English university for which I am allowed to submit any written work in French. I've always wanted to study abroad, especially for my graduate studies, for the experience and to be able to learn from a different perspective. But I am often blocked by the fact that I cannot submit written work in my first language. Don't get me wrong: I can read and understand English perfectly. I can also write, but I definetly need some grammar help (if you have not noticed already in this post). I do not see myself writing a master's or doctoral thesis in English. I am 100% comfortable with writing in French and I wish I could write in French anywhere I go. How flexible is the English language requirement in universities in Canada and even abroad? Thank you,
  19. Hello everyone! I am currently investigating programs in French and Francophone Studies. I'm interested modern literature and poetry. Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences that they could share?
  20. Hello all! I am writing to ask if any of you either stumbled across an answer in your own research or know of something at your university. I am looking for a program that would effectively allow me to work (well, aspire to work) in an interdisciplinary philosophy of music space. My interests and abilities are diverse, and that is making me hesitant to apply to either "plain old" philosophy programs, where work in music would likely be very minor -- I only really know of Columbia having much discussion, and even then not much, or musicology programs, in which there is less focus on rigorous philosophical investigations/tends more towards cultural studies. My interests are fairly parallel to those of Adorno, although I find myself more the deconstructionist than the Marxist in analysis. If you have any recommendations for programs to investigate or for universities that allow for interdisciplinary work in music and philosophy, I would be very appreciative. s.
  21. So, just got accepted to an AWESOME program in French at University College London and it's my number one top choice. I applied for every scholarship I could before the string of deadlines that seem to creep up in early February. I keep looking at their website, as if there's going to be any new information magically posted when, in fact, I know nothing. Does anybody have any experience trying to fund a PhD overseas or have a friend that was able to avoid taking out the $30,000/yr in loans that it would require? If you know anything about the scholarships at UCL, that'd be great, too - i.e. when do they usually notify people and do they have a reputation for being stingy with funding? If anybody could drop some knowledge on this it would be much appreciated!
  22. Hi everyone, I am an international student and I got a call from UPenn, and an email from Yale inviting me for an interview. The first one is a campus visit/interview. The second will be via Skype. (I applied for a PhD in French Studies). I have no idea what the interview will be about! If you could offer any help/advice, it would be greatly appreciated! PS: Good luck everyone who is going through the excruciating pain of waiting!
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