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Deciding between programmes (EALC/ EAS and History)


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Hello all.

I will be applying for entry this autumn for programmes commencing in Fall 2016. Having done quite a bit of research, I have come up with a list of schools that I am planning to apply to. However, given my research interests (modern Chinese intellectual and transnational history) I am struggling to decide between whether to apply to East Asian departments, or simply go for the History programmes. Since I am heavily focused on history rather than literature, but much of my sources are lit/manuscript heavy, I am wondering whether anyone on GradCafe could give me some advice. 

Here is my current list of schools that I will be applying to:

Harvard (History or HEAL)

UC Berkeley (History)

UBC (History or Asian Studies)

Princeton (History)

Stanford (History)

UChicago (History or EALC)

UMichigan (History)

Yale (History)

A little bit about myself: I graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a GPA of 3.75, and and will complete a Master's at the University of Oxford by June 2016. Consequently, I will be an international applicant. For my PhD, I would like to focus on the intellectual history surrounding the late Qing and the first half of the 20th century, more specifically Republican China. Key issues include Chinese intellectual developments, Western influence on China, and the coexistence of Confucianism, Marxism, and Liberalism during Republican China. Any advice and help would be much appreciated!






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