NorthernLights Posted July 21, 2013 Share Posted July 21, 2013 (edited) Hey everyone, I just signed up for this website, and I'm hoping it'll be a big help to me as I get ready to apply to graduate school Ph.D programs this coming fall (for admission into the Fall 2014 cohorts). I'm graduating from a school where there is no faculty member for my field of graduate study interest, so I've been kinda shooting in the dark as far as what to look for in a school, where to find conferences, etc. I'm graduating in the spring of 2014 with a B.A. in history. What I would like to study at the graduate level is the history and civilization of the Imperial and post-Imperial histories of the Roman Mediterranean World: not just the people and leaders of the city of Rome, but the wider Roman world, from Germania to Britain to Hispania, North Africa, Syria, Egypt, Palestine -- all around the empire and beyond its frontiers wherever its influence could be felt. The eras/regions I am most interested in are the Roman World's Imperial period (from 50s BCE-470s CE) first and foremost, the Western post-Imperial period (to 800s CE) second most, the Eastern Imperial period (to 800s or so) third most, and then some tertiary fields like Republican Rome, Anglo-Saxon Britain, and the Vikings more distantly. I'm more interested in the waning of "Roman" civilization than I am in the birth of Medieval Europe, and so I've been told my interests are more in line with Roman-Era and Late Antiquity than Early Medieval and Byzantine Studies. (Does this sound about right?) I've been going through and assembling a list of schools to apply to based on my interests, and I've got either 8 or 9, but I could use a little help: I'm trying to figure out whether these schools are all a good fit. Whenever I contact one of them I am invariably treated to a round of 'Yes! Rome! We like Rome! You come! We study! Rome good!' Rah rah!-ism without any specifics, and I've had very little luck finding faculty that specialize in any form of Late Antiquity studies (if I only wanted to study Roman-Era history I'm fine, but since I want to study both Roman-Era and Late Antiquity, things seem to be more complicated.) These are the schools/programs I've got on my list right now: 1. Stanford's Classics Department has a program in Ancient History which is primarily focused on the history of the Mediterranean World. This works out great for my study of Roman-Era history, but I'm not too sure they have sufficient faculty to guide me in Late Antiquity studies. 2. UC Berkeley has an Ancient History Ph.D which actually offers everything that I am looking for. 3. UCLA also offers an Ancient History Ph.D. that seems to offer everything I am looking for. 4. University of Washington at Seattle offers an MA-> Ph.D program which offers faculty in both Ancient and Late Antique studies. 5. Harvard University -- It's probably the school I am least likely to get into, but I'd like to at least apply to one 'Shoot for the Moon' school. 6. Brown University -- offers a fantastic program. 7. University of Ann Arbor, MI is a safe school 8. University of Twin Cities, MN is another safe school. 9. University of Southern California, at Los Angeles -- their classics department MAY have a Ph.D. program concentration in Ancient History, but I've been unable to get a response from them when I've e-mailed. Does anyone know whether or not this is true? Does anyone have any other possible suggestions for programs that I could look into, or is this a pretty comprehensive list? I want to stay out of the South, the Midwest, or the Mid-Atlantic States, and UC Santa Barbara is just a bit too much of a commute for my spouse to any teaching jobs they might get in Los Angeles to really make it worthwhile. Finally, does anyone know whether attending a Classics or an interdisciplinary History-Classics program would have a negative impact on my ability to get a job post-grad school in terms of teaching history? I'd like the opportunity to pick up enough 'Classics' cred to also teach "Roman Civ" and "Greek Civ" courses, but my primary focus is in history. Thanks for all your help. Edited July 21, 2013 by NorthernLights Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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