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  1. I'm mid-30s, career-changing and heading to law school in the fall with academia as the goal. I'm going to be applying to the PhD in History dual degree program wherever I land (all of the law schools I'm still considering offer programs). All are top-10 programs in both law and history, if that matters. I have solid GRE scores - happy to provide more detail, but don't want to be a douchebag - and I'm not too worried about the writing sample or SOP. LORs are another story. Since I graduated a decade ago and most of my professors were one-term-and-done relationships (huge department), I know I'll have trouble finding profs to write non-generic letters. I only got one to respond with what I believe is a strong letter for my law school apps, and one who wrote a very generic letter that I didn't end up sending (sort of relieved she let me see it first). The other professor I had a solid relationship with in undergrad ever replied to my emails. Employer letters won't be a problem, and my job involves nothing but research and writing, but it's not academic-level research and writing, either (marketing copywriting and online journalism - a few steps above BuzzFeed, but nowhere near NYT). I've just started reading up on this and will continue to do so, but I haven't found much addressing this yet so I thought I'd toss it out and see what the cafe thinks. Thanks in advance!
  2. SOAS South Asian Studies Masters

    Has anyone completed or in in the process of completing their Masters at SOAS in South Asian Studies ? How is the program ? Any thoughts and comments would be appreciated. Is it more politics based ? or history based ? What is the teaching faculty like ? Thinking of applying to this program...
  3. What are your guilty pleasures?

    As we pass the time until the last of our decisions are released and April 15th is upon us, I wonder if other historians have "guilty pleasure" research topics? What are some niche topics that you love to research, but are topics that (A) are too "out there" to build a career on in real academia, or (B) are too remote from your main specialization area to be anything other than a hobby interest? My guilty pleasures would be: History of SETI/METI -- how people thought about, searched for, and tried to contact extraterrestrial intelligent life over the centuries History of names -- especially in Germany, where names were almost always inherited from baptism sponsors, it's really easy to go through baptism records of commoners and see the trail of how someone was named after someone before them, who was named after someone before them, etc. (the name trails usually lead back to nobility); also, tracing the evolution of surnames over the centuries is fascinating
  4. Which departments in the humanities are the best and worst for landing academic jobs? I got my master's in English literature, but have been thinking about getting my PhD in history or sociology. Three professors (in English and History) strongly advised me to go into English, which apparently is one of the best (albeit still extremely competitive) for academic jobs. They also said History is one of the most difficult. How true is this? Is there any way to validate these claims?
  5. Boston University History?

    Hey folks, what are your thoughts on BU's history PhD program in European History? Been looking up the rankings and although BU is a strong (if not absolute top-tier) school, I'm not seeing the most favorable information about its rankings. Also, the department's website lists alumni and their post-PhD record doesn't seem terribly strong. Wanted to see if people here had some insights into the program and thoughts on prospects upon graduation. Finally, taking everything into account, is it worth going there if it is funded?
  6. How's History at Oxford?

    I want to do a MPhil degree at Oxford, and am curious about how it's like. Any info would be useful (community, profs, exams, researches, etc.) Thanks!
  7. Alright guys— things got very hot there! Let’s use this thread to talk about nuts and bolts admission info.
  8. Best Programs for Southern History?

    Hi all! I'm interested in the 19th century American South, particularly the Border South/Upper South (i.e. Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, etc.) and I'm wondering if anybody has any recommendations for the best graduate programs in that field? I'd be especially interested to hear opinions on UVA, University of Kentucky, and Tennessee-Knoxville, but am open to any and all recommendations.
  9. History Grad Recruitment

    Hi everyone! Today I had a skype interview with one of my potential schools. I think the interview went well, but it left me confused on what happens next in the admissions process. I was invited to attend recruitment days at the beginning of April and was wondering if anyone could help me out with some tips on what to expect. I also was wondering if the admissions decision comes before or after the recruitment days?? Pls Help!!
  10. Hi, is anyone here applying a degree at the history faculty? I sent in my application in early November and it's still under review by the department..soooo anxious!!
  11. As a specialist in early modern German social history, I sometimes wonder how my subdisciplines are fairing in the history field right now. What would you say are some particularly "hot" specialties in history right now? How about some particularly "not hot" specialties? I've heard from some folks that history of mass incarceration is a burgeoning subject, while general American history is kind of oversaturated and dry right now. What are other people hearing?
  12. Distance Ed MA in History

    Are there any good distance education MA programs in History ? Even ones that require you to come down to the host university to actually write the exams ?
  13. BEST History MA In Europe

    What are the best MA History programs in Europe, taught in English ?
  14. U of T MA History Acceptance

    Hello everyone, I have a rather unusual question... hoping you can give some advice from your end. I have applied for my MA in History at U of T for fall 2018. Applications actually just closed less than a week ago Jan 7th, 2018. What do you think the chances are of me getting in giving that I graduated from my undergraduate studies at U of T in 2005 ( joining specialist History and Political Science) so its been 12 years since I have been in school. The past 10 years I have been working as a Communications professional - point being no links with academia and research etc since 2005. My GPA is pretty damn low. 2.7 CGPA. ( U of T expects a 3.3 to get into the program) Though my history GPA is 3.1 I went and spoke to the Admissions Committee who said to go ahead and give it a shot but to try again for next year as well. ( not very encouraging but honest at least) My area of interest is South Asian History for which the Munk Centre offers a collaborative studies program. The point in brining this up is, it is a fairly new department within U of T and I think they are eager to engage students in this discipline. So first question : Simply looking at these facts above what do you think are my chances of getting in ? Has anyone had a similar background and working with the premise that you put together a really robust thesis/research question, were you able to gain acceptance ? Or do you know if anyone who who has ? Now my second question. My husband has just been offered a job in Europe and we need to make a decision soon. If i got into the Masters program we would stay in Toronto but acceptances do not come in until March and we need to make a decision on the job by the beginning of Feb. Do you think it would harm me if I asked them to review my application early due to this potential move explaining to the Admissions Committee that I would actually ask my husband to refuse the job based on my application decision but I just need to know by Feb rather than mid March ? I realize these are really random questions and a lot is based on speculation. I have just been out of the academic circle for so long that any advice, ideas or ways of looking at this situation would be really helpful.
  15. What are some notable American/Canadian History PhD programs with Accelerated Tracks for those with a Masters degree in history. A program like Duke's.
  16. so many questions about Oxbridge MPhil/MSt

    Hello there, so I am applying for Fall 2018 admission to both the MPhil in American History at Cambridge as well as the MSt in US History at Oxford. I come from a Top 5 US institution with a very high GPA, won a thesis prize/departmental honors in history. I decided to apply to Oxbridge about a month ago as I have been really on the fence about pursuing a PhD in history (given the uncertainty and the insecurity of the job market for PhD candidates) but thought it would be worthwhile to do a year's worth of graduate study to confirm for myself if I want to pursue further studies. I have a couple of friends who studied history who go to Cambridge now and have been asking for their advice, but so many of them applied at different times and did different things during the application season that I have been very confused on the whole UK admissions process. My questions are: 1. Would I be at a significant disadvantage if I am an Americanist from America trying to study American history in the UK? Would they question my motivations? (There are certain professors that I'd like to work with, and surprisingly both courses offer options courses in modern US history, which is what my research focus is.) 2. Was I supposed to have contacted a potential supervisor before submitting my application? How does this work? 3. I submitted my Cambridge app a few days ago and am planning to submit my Oxford one in a week, at least before the funding deadlines. Was I supposed to have applied way back in October to increase my chances of admission? 4. Luckily I am privileged enough where I can still attend and pay full tuition/fees if I don't get funding. Should I have indicated that instead of checking the box that says I'm interested in funding to increase my chances? Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is all so confusing. Thank you so much.
  17. Just Getting Started...

    Hello world! I guess this will be relatively long, but I'm interested in getting my masters/PhD in history! Currently, I'm a sophomore student at Penn State University in the Schreyer Honors College. My goal is to get into a relatively top tier university for my master's. Specifically, I have been looking at Harvard, Columbia, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Virginia, and a few others. I decided to come here first because I don't know, really, where to start. I know, being a sophomore, I still have some time, but I'd like some input from others. Currently, I have a 3.58 GPA with a 3.825 GPA in the history major. I am also majoring in Public Relations/Advertising and minoring in English Literature. I have already completed a 30-page research paper for a 400-level course during my freshman year and received an A for the course. This upcoming semester, I will be continuing this with another 400-level course and plan to take at least 7 senior-level courses before graduation. Between my freshman and sophomore year, I worked for a hotel. However, this year, I am trying to explore more options into history-based internships. I will complete both a thesis for history and a thesis for my public relations major. At this time, I have not participated in research. I do hold a prestigious leadership position within the Honors College and will be joining my schools History Honors Society later this semester and am in two other clubs on campus. I've also gotten to know two professors extremely well and am sure, in the future, they would write me letters of recommendation. So, that's a little bit about me. I was wondering if anybody out there had any suggestions as to how I should move forward, what I should focus on, and what I can expect when starting the grad school process. Any help is appreciated, thanks so much!!
  18. Bibliography dumps

    Hey everybody, I'm a big fan of long lists of books to read, and as the holidays approach, I think we all need to sit back and read some books. Any reading lists on any topics are welcome on this thread. Old biblos for class, research, anything of the like.
  19. What are my chances?

    Hi all, I recently applied to both Harvard and Chicago's history PhD programs, and of course, now I am wondering about my chances. I am currently on a Fulbright ETA in my country of interest. I speak Russian and Ukrainian at intermediate high levels. My GRE was not amazing (158V, 155Q, 5AW), and my gpa was a 3.48 from undergrad (a semester with 5 classes and mono really messed me up). I did an honors thesis and used it for my writing sample, and almost every citation was in the original Russian. One of my letter writers got his PhD from Harvard, and my POI knew him well, and seemed to respect him, so I am hoping that works out in my favor. I have also begun working with a Harvard professor outside of the history department as a copy editor for a relevant journal to my intended field. Thanks for any input
  20. Hej! I'm an Australian student looking to study in the US, specifically around NYC (where my gf currently lives). I have an undergrad in philosophy at USYD and a Masters by Research in English at the University of New South Wales. My project was on the relationship between Hegel and Kierkegaard's respective modes of representation and the "ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry." It centred on questions of the exception and repetition, taking 1843's Gjentagelse as its primary focus. Along the road I've picked up a lot of interests and areas of study. I've written conference papers on Badiou, Media, Hegel, Benjamin. I've also worked on psychoanalysis, Marxism, communist history and deconstruction. Broadly speaking, my overall project is concerned with the construction of universals across the gulf of difference, and the way that language/analysis might accommodate this. Because of this pick-and-mix I've been looking at places like the New School, but won't be able to support myself without funding so that seems to cast doubt. I've also heard that people have reservations about UPenn At the moment I'm looking at 1. Media at Brown with Joan Copjec 2. Philosophy at Columbia with Honneth or maybe Lydia Goehr 3. Philosophy at CUNY, not sure who with 4. English at NYU, not sure who with 5. Religion at Princeton with Eric Gregory I've done the GRE and got V-170, AW- 5.5 and Q- 149 (lol). Does anyone have recommendations on other programs that might accommodate a project as confused and baroque as this? Cheers!
  21. Good morning all, I'm looking at Liberty University to continue on the road to a Masters in History. The program (if I attend) will be online, but it is primarily a residential campus department. I'm also looking at the fact that they offer internships at quite a few places (including D.C.), which is something I would like to exploit. I should be able to complete the Masters in roughly two years (give or take), which would be great because I'll be discharged from the military shortly after that. My question to all of you, do you feel this program would stand up to scrutiny when compared to SNHU's or ASU's online Master's programs? NOTE: I realize there is a conservative Christian component to this school, but that doesn't bother me as I'm pretty religious (not an creationists). If you have a problem with their policies regarding freedom of religion, or toward LGBTQ, or whatever... I respect that, but please don't respond. My question is in regards to their History program, and not their ideological and political stance. Thank you all!
  22. Dear all, My specialism is political thought and intellectual history. At top US institutions like Princeton and Harvard, would I have a greater chance of admission if I apply for PhD programs in history, or in political science? Which field is less competitive in top research universities? Thanks, Dem
  23. Am I A Good MPP Candidate?

    I've recently been thinking about getting an MPP degree. I was initially looking into law school but soon came to realize that public policy (specifically educational policy) is where my passion ultimately lies. However, I worry that my background will not be enough to gain admittance into most MPP programs. Fast Facts: Senior History Major from Creighton University (minors in political science and digital humanities) 3.6 major gpa, 3.38 total gpa No GRE scores yet but practice tests indicate I will be above the minimum threshold Limited Math and Econ Expierence B+ in Micro junior year Virtually no math experience since high school Soft Skills Leadership Position in Fraternity Volunteered for local mayoral campaign College Democrats I realize this list is barebones, but I'm simply wondering if MPP programs will even show interest in me given my hard liberal arts focus and relatively weak econ/stats/math background. Any information you can provide would be extremely helpful as most of the departments and faculty here are clueless as to what MPP programs typically look for.
  24. I'm having a bit of a dilemma with my pursuit of a second Master of Arts degree. Let me preface this by saying that while a second Master's degree may not seem like a good idea to some, since my first Master of Arts degree is in Museum Studies, the second degree would be complimentary to it in some way. My issue is that I need to attend my second Master of Arts degree as a distance learning/online program, as I do not have access to these programs at the local university and cannot afford to move at this moment and am working a full-time job now. Therefore, the dilemma I face is the following: do I apply to multiple graduate schools in the different fields I am considering as my second Master of Arts and attend the one that I feel is best suited to my goals, or should I focus solely on what I know will help the end goal the most? The issue is this: my local university does not have Classics, Classical archaeology, ancient history, or art history offered at the graduate level here, and those are the areas in which I desire to combine into an interdisciplinary PhD (such as the NYU ISAW or UPenn's AAMW program), but I am seeking out a terminal MA at the moment because I am not able to move yet. I have found that Villanova University offers their Classical Studies MA online but it's synchronous, so I would have to attend at the offered course time, which is doable but challenging. Thus far, that is the only university that I have found that offers a program that would be competitive enough to gain me entry into an eventual PhD. My question is: Should I apply to the Classical Studies by itself or should I apply to Villanova, but also for the second MA programs I am considering, such as Art History, History, Library Sciences (which would help as I work in a museum and often collaborate with the research library, so it would be relevant but not to my end goal of a PhD), and/or English/Creative Writing MFA - it's a hard call because I know it makes me look like I don't have one concentration or focus, but as I will have a Master's in Museum Studies soon, any of these degrees would pair well (I know many will tell me to take the MFA out, which I have considered anyway, since I could always pursue that later if I felt like it). The issue with the art history and history options, is, of course, not many online programs will allow you to focus on ancient history. I know that there are a decent schools in the UK that would be able to offer this (such as the University of Wales Trinity Saint David), but I cannot afford to pay that much out of pocket, so for now I am looking into American schools only. I think the root of my issue is worrying that I won't get into Villanova and then not know what to do with myself if I don't, since there's not that many other options. Help?
  25. Future Job Market For History MA & PhD Grads?

    Hi All, Does anyone have information related to the state of the discipline when it comes to jobs? I finished an MA in history in 2000 and a teaching B.Ed in 2015 but have not gotten work in this field. It has been a desire of mine to teach history for a living, but as we all know, there are virtually no jobs in this area. So I have no invested much energy into searching especially as I have kids and making a living is a priority. We have all heard that the Baby Boomers will leave vacancies in the colleges and universities. Can anyone share a perspective on whether this is materializing? What kinds of numbers are we looking at? I am considering a PhD in history, but probably will not do it, because in mid-career 5 years out of the workforce makes no sense without high probability of a job in the field! Note I'm considering a PhD in clinical psych as well because I double majored.