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What's the average course load  in the first semester of a history PhD? 

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A full time course load is 9 credit hours, or 3 classes. I would anticipate taking 3 courses unless your program director says otherwise. 

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3 hours ago, astroid88 said:

What's the average course load  in the first semester of a history PhD? 

That's the kind of stuff you should be reading up on in the department graduate student handbook, which should be posted online on the department website (or contact the graduate coordinator for a copy).  Really, really start familiarizing yourself with it because most of the time your adviser (and other professors) won't know/remember what's the standard protocol (blame on a very, very busy life of being a professor!).

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On 3/21/2018 at 9:32 PM, NoirFemme said:

Please don't overdress. It actually makes us current students discomfited...as though you dressed up to impress professors and not like you're also visiting to see if we're good people too.

Almost a year later, I'm still not sure why @NoirFemme got dinged for this comment.

Something to consider. An academic department is a work environment. Some professors talk to some graduate students when making decisions about bringing new people into the environment. IME, the opinions of graduate students do not make or break someone's chances, they can help a professor clarify her (or his) thinking on how well someone will fit in. 

Some programs will bring in rock stars because they're rock stars. Others will pass because even rock stars can break Rule #3.

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