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Hey everyone! I got my first interview offer and I'm soooo excited!! Please feel free to post your interview offers, updates, and acceptances when they arrive! Optional info you may want to include in your post: What schools you applied to in California Schools you've received interview offers from and when they arrived Feedback on your interview and questions they asked you Any other info you want to add
Alright so for the longest time I wanted to be like Bones and pursue forensic anthropology. Texas State has a MA program for forensic anthropology and that was my plan. I am now realizing that I am more passionate about getting a MA or PhD in bioarchaeology specifically in the region of the Andes or Peru, My undergrad anthro department focused on Maya archaeology so many of my undergrad classes are related to the Maya region. Would it be easier to get into a program that focuses on that? Does it make a huge difference if I get an MA or PhD? I have zero funds for grad school so I will be living entirely off of grants or end up in a huge amount of debt (which I've accepted). I have been on 2 study abroad trips: One an archaeological field school in Belize and another not a field school but still studying the Maya in the Yucatan, Should I do another field school? I know I need an internship as well but I have yet to find one near me that relates to bioarchaeology. Any advice would help!
Hey everybody, I am a recent college graduate, long interested in pursuing comp/rhet at the graduate level. I plan to apply this year for fall 2017 admission. Originally, at the behest of my English lit professors and advisors who didn't know any better, I thought I could go straight to the PhD. But in my own research, I've discovered that most people pursuing comp/rhet get their MAs first, so now I'm on the hunt for MA programs. Before I ask any questions, a little bit about myself: I have a plain-old BA in English from a small liberal arts college. I never took any formal classes in either comp or rhet, but I was a writing tutor, I wrote my senior honors thesis using rhetorical theory, worked with the writing center director to formulate an e-tutoring program for our center (in a for-credit independent study that included intensive research on the latest compositional pedagogies related to remote tutoring), I worked for a year as a copyeditor at a major company and am now a teaching assistant in a pre-college writing class, and I'm currently doing rhetoric-based research with the professor who mentored me on my thesis. I have a 3.9+ GPA and graduated with honors and awards in both English lit and communications, as I ran my school's literary magazine for two years and wrote/edited for the paper in a leadership position. In short, I have consistently done things related to writing and editing over my college career and in the year-plus since I've graduated. I think I will love this field. I like to think I have a competitive application despite my lack of experience in actual comp/rhet classes. My goal is to attend a fully funded master's program in something that can help me apply for comp/rhet PhD programs later on down the line. So, my main concerns are as follows: -Assuming a decent GRE score and SOP (and other common application elements), will my background likely make me a competitive candidate for funded programs? I know this is subjective and can highly vary, but unlike with more common programs (such as lit) it's harder to tell what my standing really is. -If I apply to MA programs in English with a concentration or focus in composition and/or rhetoric (as opposed to a direct Master in Rhetoric, such as in Carnegie Mellon), does this still put me in good standing to apply to Comp/Rhet PhD programs later on? Maybe this is a dumb question, but I don't want to apply to a regular English program that only has informal concentrations in comp/rhet, only to discover that no reputable comp/rhet PhD program will take it. And I guess the larger concern is what types of programs are beneficial to doctoral study later on, versus which programs are not. -Does anybody know of good MA programs in comp and/or rhet in the northeast (or within driving distance of NYC(? I've been referring to this list, http://www.mdcwss.com/directory/, but it seems somewhat incomplete and only focuses on writing specialties as opposed to rhetorical specialties (e.g., it only refers to Carnegie Mellon's MA in Professional Writing but not its MA in Rhetoric, it doesn't have Hofstra's Master's in Rhetorical studies, etc.). So far, I'm looking at Penn State, U Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Hofstra, LIU Brooklyn, CUNY College of NY, and Rutgers. A link to a list, or any informal recommendations, would be greatly appreciated! I'll also note that I understand I may have to broaden my horizons, so I'm researching further-away programs, in the Midwest especially (Purdue, Ohio State, etc.). -If a program offers both a PhD and an MA, and doesn't explicitly say you need a master's for the PhD, should I just apply for the PhD if that's what I ultimately want? For example, Carnegie Mellon has the MA in Rhetoric and a PhD -- should I just shoot for the PhD in the hopes I can at least be accepted into the MA? Or should I be hyper-specific and just apply for the MA if I think that's my best bet? -Should I reach out to people in the program (the director, or professors I admire) if I want to maximize my chances? If I have a particular question then I will of course, but I'm asking if it's beneficial to express interest via email well in advance of my formal application. I hear this is common in the sciences but not in the humanities, but I'm unsure. -Is a "graduate certificate" in comp and/or rhet worth anything? Specifically for applying to doctoral programs, or pursuing a writing- or editing-related field. It seems much less legit than a pure MA, but I'm not sure. And I think that's about it. I know that's a lot, but I don't have much institutional support and I am relying on these forums and my own research! If anybody has answers to these questions, or any other general advice, I would sincerely appreciate it!