tonks14 Posted October 6, 2011 Share Posted October 6, 2011 Hey all,I received my undergraduate degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies and am now beginning my first semester in a PhD program in History at a pretty good school. That said: I feel like I’ve made the wrong decision. It’s not just the usual, “oh my god, grad school is tough and I can’t cut it” reaction. Instead, I feel like after enduring the entire applications process, making my acceptance decision, and starting graduate classes, I have just woken up and realized “oh my god, I should have gone into an English PhD program instead.” The program I am in is just not as interdisciplinary as I believed previously, the coursework is not interesting to me, and I think I would be happier studying cultural studies as opposed to cultural history (I realize that there is a lot of overlap between cultural history and cultural studies, but the approach that a literature/rhetoric department would use to address texts, theory, and even history is more interesting to me---I took a lot of literary-focused courses in undergrad). I am unsure what I should do, however. Should I drop out of the history program and immediately re-group and start on the applications process all over again now that I’ve more clearly seen what I want to get out of a program and what I want to invest my time into studying? Should I stick it out for a year and at least get an MA in history (I am receiving funding)? Or should I just suck it up and stay in the program for the full six-years? (Although it seems silly to get a PhD in a subject with which you're not in love.) How feasible is it that I can make the switch? Have I just condemned myself to either staying in a program I don’t like or giving up my graduate school dreams?Advice? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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