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  1. There doesn't seem to be a thread on the JSP for Fall 2022, so I thought I'd get us going! I've applied to the Law and Political Theory/Philosophy field. When do you think we should hear back? Usually decisions seem to come out around the first/second week of Feb. Fingers-crossed we hear soon!
  2. I am a current PhD student at a UK university in my first year, studying Russian history. I am enjoying it, getting good feedback and am making good progress with the language. However, over the last 8 months due to travels in the Middle East and reading several works on Byzantium and the Crusades I have been feeling anxious that my heart might be elsewhere. I studied the ancient and medieval periods in my undergraduate and masters and have taken a very wide variety of courses during my studies. I thought I had put ancient/medieval stuff to bed and realised I was most suited and intellectually interested in Russia. I feel as if I'd see the grass as greener no matter what I was studying and I can remind myself of all this but still struggle to shift the feeling that I should be doing something more along the lines of ancient/medieval history, though I have no idea what exactly. I'm plagued by questions of whether I've made a mistake, would I ever really consider dropping out, what if it continues etc etc. I am fundamentally drawn to write about grand narratives of war, politics, intrigue and so forth and that's the sort of history I like to read. Russian history interests me in a more academic sense and I'm excited by most of the debates in the field, while a glance at a seminar programme listing topics like Byzantine coins only makes me roll my eyes. I know writing about battles and high politics all the time is not the reality of these medieval/ancient history as an academic pursuit. I sat down and thought about these practicalities carefully before making my choice to study Russia. For instance, I prefer working with large amounts of information rather than arguing over the interpretation of the two or three written accounts available for a given medieval period. I also wanted to have the Russian language as a useful skill if I were to find academia were not for me, or they didn't want me (more likely). I'm also conscious of my tendency to develop an intense interest in something and then for it to wane as I find a new obsession. From my the final year of my undergrad, I was pretty set on Russia as being an option and it stayed that way through my MA so I feel as if it is tried and tested. What is to be done? The idea of stopping what I'm doing fills me with dread and I'm very conscious of the additional language(s) needed to change my area. Fundamentally, I'm not dissatisfied by own field but attracted to something else. Do some people move into earlier history as post docs or after? Do you think this will pass? Has anyone had a similar experience? I would like to hear if so.
  3. I was accepted into both and am trying to decide which to accept. Anyone have any insight into the relative strengths of each program? Sending strength to everyone else out there making tough decisions!
  4. Hi everyone, I am looking for a Masters degree (or even a PhD) that is available through online distance learning. The field I am looking for is History... or a closely related field. There are some programs like the one at the University of Edinburgh but I am looking for something that is cheaper than that. Doesn't matter which country. If anyone knows, please help. Thanks in advance...
  5. Hello Guys, Planning to apply for PhD program in South Asian History, but still confused which Universities have the best Programs and faculty for the field. Opinions and Suggestions are welcome.
  6. Hi all! I'm an undergraduate History student at a Canadian University going to my fourth year. I want to go to the top 10 phd programs in the World(or, in the US), focusing on modern Chinese History. I understand it is extremely competitive, and I'm not a super-smart student. But my parents would support me for the next 3-5 years to just prepare for the phd application. They would pay tuitions of any unfunded MA program, my living expenses, and research travels(I'm really really lucky). I'm looking for advice on how to using the money and time wisely. I currently have a 3.0 gpa for the first two years(due to languave diffcuties, I'm not a native speaker), 3.8 in my third year, and expected 3.8 in my final year. I think my first step is to go to a MA program, either funded or unfunded. My current list includes Yale(History), Uchicago(both MAPH and MAPSS), UBC(History), U of T(both History and East Asian Studies), and NYU(History). If I'm refused by all, I will apply for some German Universities since their deadline is much later than North America. After finish my MA in 1-2 years, I think my next step is to learn one or two new languages. I'm a Chinese native speaker, so I will need to learn Japanese, and probably one European language. While learning the language, I will try to go to several conferences, and see if I could publish one or two articles. By the time of application, I wish I could read two or three foreign languages(including Chinese), have one or two articles published, and two or three conferences. I have many questions about the plan. Even after 3-5 years of preparation, what is my chance to get into the top 10 phd program? If I take 2 to 3 gap years after MA, would it have any negative impact on my lop and CV? How difficult to maintain relationships with my undergraduate and MA supervisors during the gap years? Is it wasting my parents' money(even if they are willing to support me), or is there any better way to use the money? Any advice/thought is appreciated! Thanks!
  7. Hi everyone, Long time lurker, first time poster. Wondering if anyone could provide some insight on my candidacy for applying to a terminal MA program in history. I feel a little overwhelmed about applying to US schools as a Canadian, and I don't have a GRE score (which, understandably precludes me from many schools). Nonetheless, I'm interested in applying to Yale, NYU, McGill, UBC, and the LSE/Columbia joint MSc program in international history. To be honest, I'm desperate to get some information about where I stand. I know this is hard to answer but I'm trying to ascertain whether I am in way over my head in applying to these top tier schools (namely Yale and LSE/Columbia). Here's my current stats: Undergrad Institution: T3 Canadian school (history major) GPA: 3.8cGPA, 3.85 within history program Extracurriculars: varsity athlete, undergrad history journal editor, student government, model UN, greek life Work Experience: History internship overseas, communications internship for a non-profit, volunteer EMT LORs: Three confirmed LORs from professors in the history department, including the chair of the department So tell me straight! Given my GPA, work experience, extracurriculars, what are my chances like?
  8. Hi all, I'm graduating from a MFA program in Architectural History next year (spring 2021) and have been seriously considering applying to PhD history programs, most likely for admission in fall 2021. I'm an older student (late 30s) and my career has been focused in architectural history up to this point. I love research and writing, and have done a significant amount of it in my career, but I've lost my interest in the built environment. I've always been an amateur social and cultural historian and want to focus on that in a professional capacity. It seems that going on for my PhD is a means of achieving that. I do have a strong desire to educate; I'm very into public history (researched and developed my own historic walking tour, started a history podcast, etc.) as I feel it is integral to making a traditionally stuffy topic more accessible to the general public. To that end, I'm flexible about how my future career takes shape. I understand that history teaching positions are drying up, so I would be equally happy in a museum setting. I'd like my primary field to be women's history (late 19th and early 20th century America and Britain), with secondary fields in social and cultural history (American, British, European). Primarily, I've been looking at schools with women's history faculty. I have a running list of programs and the professors that I would want to work with, and general idea of the requirements. But am I wrong to assume that getting into a top 25 program is an absolute necessity for obtaining a teaching job (if I were to pursue that route)? I've been using US News' list of top history PhD programs to do my research--is that list valid? Right now, my top choices are Johns Hopkins (my professor "spirit animal" is there) and UNC-Chapel Hill (all around strong women's history program). I know University of Wisconsin is known for its women's history program, but I have been a little reticent about that due to the location. I'm on the east coast would prefer to stay there or at least be able to fly back and forth regularly. Are there other programs I should be considering? Now that I've read some threads on here, I'm definitely more nervous about applying. The only way for me to do this is to be fully funded (tuition waiver and stipend). My undergrad GPA was 3.45 (3.8 major), which I thought was good, until I read on here that it might not be? So far, my GPA in my masters program is 4.0. I should note that the school that I'm doing my MFA at is an arts school that is well regarded...but it's an arts school. I haven't taken the GRE yet (it wasn't required for admission for my MFA) and I'm terrified. Honestly, I'm a terrible test taker and know that my math scores will stink because there is a giant black hole in my brain where anything beyond basic math skills should be. My verbal should be good. I hope to take and pass the reading exam for French before applying. I've presented a paper at one conference and am applying for others--will that help my application? Any other suggestions for ways to improve my chances at acceptance? Do I need to start reaching out to the professors that I would like to work with? It seems that gaining their favor also improves acceptance chances? I feel like I'm very prepared for all this but then some days, I feel like I've got a blindfold on. Any advice and/or suggestions are appreciated.
  9. My research field is Chinese history, but I am also interested in interdisciplinary approaches to cultural history. So far I have applied to and am waiting on history PhD programs with a strong interdisciplinary base, as well as East Asian studies (EALC/EALAC) programs. My previous training (undergrad, masters) was in history, and my supervisor assured me that I would still be able to be hired as a historian even if I'd graduate with an EALC degree (because I majored in history during my undergraduate and MA studies). While I am very attracted to EALC programs, which would allow me to incorporate literature & film studies in my own research (that's what I want to do), I am at the same time worried that it would make me less competitive in job market if I'd not have a doctoral degree in history. I hope I will be able to apply to EALC and history academic jobs after finishing my PhD. My question is, would having a doctoral degree in EALC or history make much difference in this case?
  10. I was told by the academic coordinator, earlier in Feb., that students would be notified about acceptance or rejection for the public history master's by the end of February. I know it's only March 6, but I still haven't heard anything back yet. I reached out last friday and haven't gotten a response... am I waitlisted? I'm unsure if I should try to get in touch with the professor that I have previously spoken to.. or if I should just sit and wait... Please help or any advice is greatly appreciated!
  11. Hello everyone, I am planning to apply for the global history MA program at Freie Universität Berlin. I have been reading very mixed reviews on the program over the internet. It will be great if someone who is/was a student of the program could share their reviews and opinions about the program. Others who are also familiar with the program are welcome to share their views. I have graduated from an Indian University (University of Delhi). It will be really helpful if there is someone from the same university or another Indian graduate (from any university) who had appllied to germany, explain the application procedure to FU and give me the details/requirements on certified copies that needs to be provided to them (especially on who can certify copies in India). Thank you, Jacob Thomas
  12. I was accepted to the history MA program at CU Boulder and the history PhD program at UNC Chapel Hill. I study pre-modern Japanese military history (to put it simply) and either path I take, I intend on pursuing a doctorate, with the ultimate goal of tenure track position down the road. I know in academia, your pedigree does have a (rather unfortunately strong) affect, and graduating from a prestigious university can help stack the cards in your favor for such a competitive job market. Of course, it doesn't guarantee anything, but being fully aware of how unemployable a pre-modern Japanese historian will be, I would like to have as many aces up my sleeve as possible. With that in mind, I've been debating whether or not it would be better to go with the (fully funded) MA program and try for a more renowned school for PhD later on? Or is UNC, as a public Ivy with a strong history program, enough? The stipend isn't fantastic, but it would be great to go straight into a PhD program and avoid the hassle of an MA, funded or not. Both schools have excellent professors who have already agreed to be my advisers. I do feel like I would have a decent chance of getting into UPenn or something once I've gotten an MA (they were impressed by my application, but I'm still lacking in some academic experience, even if I've been living in Japan for the past two years and have a good handful of internships and study abroad under my belt). I'm just not sure if I'd be passing up a perfectly good path for it, though. I'd be grateful for any advice!
  13. Hello All, I recently graduated from my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science in the US but after having worked in the field for a few months, I have found a new passion in Art History and conservation. I am looking to apply for a master's program, but it requires 4 credits in Art History classes, of which I have none. I am wondering if it is worth finding a post-bac program that would fulfill these 4 credits or if it would be better to take 4 individual classes at a college in order to fulfill them? I am not a US citizen so it would be almost impossible to fulfill these credits in a Community college in the US. Therefore, my options lie in the EU. As I am less familiar with schools around Europe, does anyone know of universities in Italy that allow for non-degree enrollment for getting credits from classes? Thank you! Federico
  14. Hey everyone, I'm somewhat out of place here, i am only in undergrad, and am still planning my transfer to a 4-year institution. I am planning ahead, and I know career wise i want to go into academia. My main areas of interest are art history (especially when theory is involved), and history. With regards to job prospects does getting a double major in undergrad in art history and history, help seem more attractive to academic job prospects? I will double major in history and art history even if it doesn't, because i like both areas, and I plan to eventually get a PhD in one of those disciplines. My thought behind the job prospects is that a Community college, or SLAC would be glad to have a professor teach some classes from one discipline and some survey classes in the other (in this case history). I now job opportunities are slim for post secondary teachers, but I also don't care about teaching at an ivy league, and would be find teaching at a SLAC or community college. Thanks.
  15. Ok, it is different everywhere in the planet, but we sort of have to do it. Those of us who sat for comps, let's pass on our tips, what worked for us and what didn't, for upcoming fellow exam-takers. Some guiding questions (not binding, of course) Can you briefly describe the format of your exam? (No need to name school) How did you organize your fields? How did you organize your notes? What have you learned in the process? What was useless/didn't work? My two cents Format: Three fields (one modern, one colonial, one of my choice), 24hours open book in the span of ten days, plus oral exam. Roughly 120 books per field. Fields: The first two were given. For the third field I framed it as my theoretical framework for my dissertation. It was tough, because I read theory and history from different places, but totally worth it. Notes: I used OneNote. I created one copybook for "exams", and there I had my three fields sections. Each book was one page. In my notes I included table of contents, reviews, summary, and general notes. Not for every book, of course, haha. Outcome: I read in a forum that we need to imagine exams as going to a conference, dropping by a panel and being able to have a conversation. That was very helpful for me (I am sorry I don't have the quote, I promise to look for it). My committee also saw exams as that: the opportunity to learn about fields (extensive coverage) and engaging in a conversation with someone outside your geographical field but within your thematic one. Also, exams are a test of character. I focused on not gaining weight (I gained it afterwards), but I was very stressed and feeling that my life swirled around something so trivial as exams. I mean, really, there are more important things in life than exams. That was very frustrating but I could talk about it with my advisors. I learned a lot about myself, as naive as it may sound. Negative results: I feel I forgot everything. It is good I have notes and I wish I had started studying earlier. I am not a very good self-disciplinary person and exams pushed me to be so. It was painful. Start with working habits super early, like the moment you come to grad school. Really, they will pay off. I mean, I have to write a prospectus now and a dissertation later on, so good work habits are never extra work. Additional note: ASK ASK ASK!!!!! Ask for advice from EVERYONE in your department. It helps a lot!!!!!! Hope this helps a little! AP
  16. Hi all! So I just recently graduated with my first masters degree in library science. It was exciting and I finished with great grades - 3.82 CGPA on a 4.0 scale. However, my ultimate passions are history and classics. I did a double major for them in my undergrad. In fact, I want to go back to do a second masters in classics or history (in 2 years as I would like to work and earn some work experience and money first so I can get married) and probably get a PhD after that. The problem is, my undergrad CGPA was mediocre - 3.14 on a 4.3 scale. I had an average of about 3.4 in the last 2 years but I really bombed the first year and a half. The program I want to apply to requires at least a 3.3 CGPA to get into the classics MA program, but I was wondering if having a really strong CGPA in my first masters will make up for my less than stellar undergrad CGPA. Has anyone experienced something similar? Thanks in advance!
  17. Hi all, I've applied to history PhD programs a few times at this point and have been rejected from my top choices. I'm now finishing up my master's, but I think my writing sample is the weakest part of my application. Any advice on what makes a great history writing sample? Also, does anyone have any suggestions on where to get it edited? Thank you.
  18. I'm fairly new to grad cafe so sorry if I'm doing this wrong but I need some advice. I'm an aspiring history professor but I only have one language under my belt (French) and know that I definitely need to pick up Latin before applying to Ph.D. programs. I also have an average undergraduate background and would like to improve my chances of getting into a top 30 history Ph.D. program. That being said, I realize that some of the programs I'm applying to will be a reach. I'm looking into getting my MA in either history or medieval studies. I'll detail some of my academic background below Some of my research interests: Medieval and early modern Europe, Women/gender/sexuality (this is the most prominent), Historical theology/church history, historical perceptions of witchcraft and magic, history of literature and culture (specifically Arthurian studies, folklore, and fairytales), female monarchs GPA: 3.58 (with a strong upward trend and a 3.85 history GPA). Other: haven't taken the GRE yet, currently completing an undergraduate honors thesis relevant to what I want to study in graduate school, participated in a study abroad research program which excavated medieval ruins in Italy TLDR: I'm looking into history and medieval studies MA programs and would like feedback if anyone has knowledge about the reputation of these programs or can recommend others. History MAs: -Baylor University -University of Missouri (although the POI I'm looking into doesn't seem to be taking students at the moment) -University of New Mexico -Syracuse -Clemson -Colorado at Boulder -UNC Charlotte -Tufts -Claremont -U Chicago MAPSS (I've heard so many mixed reviews on this program) -St. Andrews (also looking into other UK programs but I'm not sure I can afford it) Medieval Studies: -U Conn -Fordham -Colombia -SMU -St. Andrews
  19. Hi everyone, This might be early to ask given that I am just finishing second year of undergrad but I just want to know if there is anything I should do now or soon to strengthen my grad application to Oxford and Cambridge for their MSt and MPhil in history. I also have a bunch of questions as well! So I currently study history and minor in political science at a highly reputable Canadian university (if that matters). I have a 3.8 GPA right now and I expect I can maintain this if not raise it a bit by the time I graduate. I don't really have an history related ECs or work experience. In terms of awards, I have been on the Dean's List every year so far and received a huge entrance scholarship to the university I am currently at. Also got a few small monetary scholarships thanks to my GPA. Although it isn't related closely to my historical period of study, I also do have some training in ancient languages (Latin and Greek). I haven't really narrowed my historical interests just yet. I am mostly interested in British history from the 1800s to the 1990s. I plan on using the summer of my 4th year to apply so that I have lots of time. I have some questions below! 1. Do I need research experience to be a competitive applicant? By that I mean publications or to work under a prof and help them with their research. 2. How important is it to do a senior thesis? Okay so I have been told that in giving their conditional offers, Oxford often specifies a grade you have to get on the dissertation. But what if I did not or cannot do one (for any reason)? A related question is, how "original" does this senior thesis have to be? Brand new perspectives/research? 3. What would you say is the most important part of the application? LOR? GPA? Personal Statement/Research Proposal? Writing samples? 4. Do they heavily consider the GPA in your history major or do they care way more about your cGPA? 5. Given my research interests are still very wide, is it a dumb idea to look at some of the history faculty at Oxbridge and tailor my interests to theirs? Like, you probably don't want to get heavily invested in studying medieval depictions of the Black Death if there are no faculty with similar research interests. That's it for now I think. Thanks!
  20. nycBx

    Vanderbilt 2019

    Is anyone accepting a Vanderbilt offer? Or anyone who is already studying there? I just want some feedback/opinion on their History program as I am contemplating their offer.
  21. I'm in 3rd year and looking to do a history MA at Oxbridge or one of the Ivies. I was wondering if they look at your course load in admissions? Will they penalize you if you took a class less for a semester or two? I took some classes in the summer and as a result I took one less class then the usual. I was thinking of doing it again next year but wanted to check if that would cause some problems. Thanks everyone!
  22. Has anybody heard from William and Mary? I checked the response search and there aren't any history PhD entries. I have one acceptance but WM is my top choice and I want to hear from them first.
  23. Some schools never seem to have anyone post that they received an interview request.
  24. I am looking to apply to MA programs in the museums studies realm, but the funding has been pretty lacking thus far. I know there are programs out there with assistantships, fellowships, or other sources of funding, but I have not been able to dig any up. I am flexible to travel anywhere really, so that is not a barrier. If anyone could point me in the right direction or give their opinion that would be wonderful. I have found amazing topics on Grad Cafe regarding schools with funding for other programs, but I have not found any great topics on museum studies.
  25. Hi all, I thought I would start a new thread since last year's was created about this time a year ago. (Amazing how fast a year flies by!!!) A little introduction - I'm a longtime lurker with a few years of museum experience and several presentations under my belt. I'll be targeting MA programs in the history of medicine as well as MD programs. I look forward to meeting everyone!
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