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  1. Northwestern has already offered me a fully-funded package while Columbia simply mean more debt. Right now, my decision has brought about a serious conflict between what my mind wants (the economic convenience and flexibility presented by Northwestern) and what my heart desires (the academic prestige, rigor, faculty, and of course, the city lifestyle presented by Columbia). I already visited Northwestern's campus and the greater Chicago area last month as part of the recruiting event; I was able to spend time with the other accepted students (there were about 5-6 of us), the faculty, and even had the chance to sit in on a seminar. Even though it is in the proximity of the Chicago Loop, I personally think that the location of the school, does not present itself as accessible to the porosity of the city as much as, let's say the way that the New School, NYU, or Columbia functions here in NYC. With this in mind, I solemnly think that with my current sensibilities and lifestyle preferences, I would rather live in NYC than in Evanston/Chicago. On top of that, I really feel like as much as how seductive a fully-funded offer can be, I do not want to miss the opportunity of attending a place like Columbia and being associated with of all the things it brings with it (fit, name, brand, historical prestige, faculty, and the city itself like I already mentioned). I know this is a vague question but I will ask anyway: What would you do if you were in my position?
  2. Hello all, I just had a question. I currently have a BA and would love to go to grad school, but I can't figure out what sort of career path I would want to pursue. The reason for that is this: I am immensely passionate about and good at languages, and I love helping people learn them and walking them through grammar and conversation. I know I would love teaching at the university level (absolutely not high school though), but I have absolutely no interest in research or publishing. I don't mean that in a "lazy" sort of way; my interests simply lie in teaching rather than publishing. The languages that I would consider teaching would be Latin, German, Spanish, or a Scandinavian language(s) (or any combination of those). The problem is that all of the jobs for languages seem to be either tenure-track faculty positions (which require publishing and research) or adjunct positions that pay like $7000/year. Is there any place for people like me at the university level, or should I try to find something else? Thanks all!
  3. Hey all , I need someone who is familiar with DAAD scholarship I need to know more about DAAD scholarship about the preliminary German courses prior to the scholarship , is it funded ? when students take those courses ? I am asking these questions because I am working in a full-time job and I don't know whether I should consider quitting my job during the courses or not . One more question , Do I have to pass the preliminary courses in order to get the scholarship ? or if I was selected then I am selected and the german courses will have no effect on my chances ? Thanks all
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. I have heard repeatedly on these forums that it's important to have a "paper trail" of language courses before applying for PhD programs. I'm interested in taking a German language course offered by the graduate studies center of a nearby university, but it's a "non-credit" course and they don't provide a transcript, although they do provide official documentation of a student's performance upon request. My question is this - is a non-credit course like this worth taking before applying to PhD programs? Since it's non-credit, will schools view this course as no different than my studying German independently? If the latter is the case, I figure I'd rather save myself the tuition cost. I'm not sure how I'd indicate to a prospective program that I took this course, besides mentioning it on my CV or SoP. Or maybe sending them the documentation, though I don't know what the procedure is for sending additional materials not requested by a school. For those who have already applied to programs, what are your thoughts on these kinds of non-credit language courses?
  7. I know (really I know) that publications are not required for admission to top PhD programs, and even that some people advise against publishing early. So don't worry about that. But I would like to bolster my application for next round, however possible. Does anybody know of decent journals that publish history of philosophy articles, especially classical German philosophy (Kant, Hegel) in English? I know of Kant-Studien, Kantian Review, Kant Studies Online, Hegel Bulletin, Journal of the History of Philosophy (and other general history journals), Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie, and that's about it. The problem is that these that I know of are pretty heavy-hitting: attracting top scholars, extremely competitive, and whatnot. Are there any professional journals (not graduate journals) in this area that a budding German philosophy scholar might submit to? (And also general thread for journal questions I guess, for those with different interests)
  8. Hi all, After thinking about many other career options, I am currently considering doing a PhD in German. I don't know much about them, though, so I need your advice! A bit about me: I have taken a number of intensive German courses in college, passed a proficiency exam, and travelled to Germany twice. However, I am really rusty with the lang. right now because it's been a year since I've taking a German language course. How important is your German knowledge when being considered for admission? I am currently double majoring in Psychology and Creative Writing, with a minor in German. If I decide to pursue German I will major in that as well, and do an honors thesis for it. I am primarily interested in obtaining a German PhD because it is a great way for me to combine my interest in German literature/art history with my love for psychoanalytic theory. Would you all agree? I am intimidated because I don't have very much previous knowledge about German lit, etc other than some stuff I learned in classes. I can say I am very in love with Kafka and Hesse, and know their work well, but am somewhat unfamiliar with other writers. Is that baaad? I go to U Michigan and it looks like most ppl here get into really top PhD programs for German, and that getting into a German program is not too difficult in general due to lack of competition. Is that true? I mean, I was originally planning on applying for psych phD programs - it's notwhere near as competitive as that? Also, with my interests in mind, what are some good schools for me? THANK YOU!!!!!!!
  9. I didn't find a topic on this but I think it's an important question to ask. I'm going to start taking German this summer and I wanted some opinions on the Goethe Institute. It's a bit pricy, but if I could take four nine week courses while I'm in a gap year and be prepared to take a language exam soon after starting a program that would be fantastic! Does anyone have experience with this program? Is it geared more towards speaking than grammar/reading? Is it worth the price? Thanks.
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