Gray Under Gray Posted March 25, 2017 Share Posted March 25, 2017 (edited) Alright, I need help making a decision between two fully funded offers. I've been beating myself up over this and just can't work it out by myself. Please, all relevant opinions are welcome! The two programs: The MA/PhD English lit program at UIUC (ranked #26) or the English MA at Villanova (unranked). My interests include gender and queer studies. And I'm currently interested largely in the ability of language to oppress and liberate people within these groups. THE CASE FOR UIUC: -Better ranking (I'm pretty sure I want to get a PhD elsewhere and UIUC might make it easier to get into a prestigious program) -Teaching Assistantship -Larger stipend in an area with a lower cost of living -Minor in Gender and Women's studies. -Option to pursue PhD afterward. -Self-proclaimed women's and gender studies powerhouse THE CASE AGAINST UIUC: -Giant school (might affect my experience as an MA student) -Less attractive geographical location imo -Despite having a larger faculty, fewer faculty share interests similar to mine. THE CASE FOR VU: -Smaller school, courses are limited to MA students (15 students in each course) -Gender and Women's studies certificate -More exciting area -Option to TA (eventually) -Faculty with interests more similar to my own (esp. Travis M. Foster) THE CASE AGAINST VU: -unranked program (rumors of graduates from the MA program having difficulty getting into a top PhD program.) -Graduate assistantship (with option to eventually TA. At UIUC I will begin teaching asap) -More expensive area with smaller stipend And I haven't visited either campus yet. I won't be able to until the week of the 4/15 probably, so I can't use that as a factor. Edited March 25, 2017 by bgk requested Yanaka 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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