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Applying to American Universities
Replies: 15Last Post Feb. 21, 2012 11:30am by Wilder
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I've been recommended to apply to American Universities for a PhD.

My field is Classics (Classical Philology to be specific) and I don't really know much about American Universities other than Yale and Harvard are your versions of Cambridge and Oxford. So could you list a few that are good for humanities?

So far, I'm thinking of applying to Stanford University because its the only one that seems to have an international impact on my field - and Princeton too.

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What are your grades like?

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Quote: from Far From The Usual at 9:24 am on Feb. 21, 2012

What are your grades like?

MA Distinction, First Class Honours BA, and I'm peer reviewed published with 3 confirmed conferences to speak at.

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Quote: from Mark Antony at 12:29 pm on Feb. 21, 2012

Quote: from Far From The Usual at 9:24 am on Feb. 21, 2012

What are your grades like?

MA Distinction, First Class Honours BA, and I'm peer reviewed published with 3 confirmed conferences to speak at.


That doesn't mean anything.
Your gpa is what those schools are going to look at.
Would you have an equivalent of a 4.0?

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Quote: from Far From The Usual at 9:32 am on Feb. 21, 2012

Quote: from Mark Antony at 12:29 pm on Feb. 21, 2012

Quote: from Far From The Usual at 9:24 am on Feb. 21, 2012

What are your grades like?

MA Distinction, First Class Honours BA, and I'm peer reviewed published with 3 confirmed conferences to speak at.


 

That doesn't mean anything.  
Your gpa is what those schools are going to look at.
Would you have an equivalent of a 4.0?


It doesn't work like that in Europe - as in I don't or ever have had a GPA.

Post edited at 9:33 am on Feb. 21, 2012 by Mark Antony

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You seem like a good candidate for Yale and Harvard, absolutely.

I suggest Princeton or Stanford, though. In all honesty, a degree from any of the above is extremely prestigious.

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Quote: from Nearly Stunning at 12:32 pm on Feb. 21, 2012

In all honesty, a degree from any of the above is extremely prestigious.



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I want to know of others I could apply to, in the chance of being rejected as I don't really know what's expected, and to do a bit more research on one's I might like to go to.

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I wish I could help, but I'm at the far opposite end of the humanities spectrum from you (I'm much more invested in contemporary cultural theory and recent Continental philosophy), so I don't have a great sense of who has strong classical philology programs. I assume that the UK is similar to the US in that you're applying to specific professors (even though you don't officially state as much) more than a program. I'm not really close with anyone in my department who does classical philology (we only recently created a tenure-track professorship specializing in Judaism and Christianity), but I can try and see if I can find someone with a better sense of that end of the field who might have some recommendations of other programs/people to consider.

Do you have a specific focus/research project within classical philology that you're working on?

Post edited at 10:07 am on Feb. 21, 2012 by Wilder

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Quote: from Far From The Usual at 10:32 am on Feb. 21, 2012

Quote: from Mark Antony at 12:29 pm on Feb. 21, 2012

Quote: from Far From The Usual at 9:24 am on Feb. 21, 2012

What are your grades like?
 

 MA Distinction, First Class Honours BA, and I'm peer reviewed published with 3 confirmed conferences to speak at.


That doesn't mean anything.
Your gpa is what those schools are going to look at.  
Would you have an equivalent of a 4.0?


Lol.

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Quote: from Wilder at 9:59 am on Feb. 21, 2012

I wish I could help, but I'm at the far opposite end of the humanities spectrum from you (I'm much more invested in contemporary cultural theory and recent Continental philosophy), so I don't have a great sense of who has strong classical philology programs. I assume that the UK is similar to the US in that you're applying to specific professors (even though you don't officially state as much) more than a program. I'm not really close with anyone in my department who does classical philology (we only recently created a tenure-track professorship specializing in Judaism and Christianity), but I can try and see if I can find someone with a better sense of that end of the field who might have some recommendations of other programs/people to consider.

Do you have a specific focus/research project within classical philology that you're working on?


Well, Classics is generally a UK dominated discipline - especially on the philology aspect. And while I have problems with the American University system, particularly undergraduate level, I've been told that I'd be more likely to get funding and greatly increase my teaching hours during a PhD.

So what I would really like is just a few other universities that the ones I've mentioned to have a look at and consider applying to.

Also, is there a deadline for funding for PhDs in America, or not? Because I've been told that every PhD comes with funding.

And my proposal is finished, its on Sophocles.

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I'm sure someone from your current school, like something equivalent to an advisor, can point you in the right direction. I wouldn't worry about the GPA thing. When your transcripts come overseas, I'm sure that gets translated into our system. And if you've been recommended to come over here for a PhD, then I'm sure you're not going to have any problems.

Yale and Harvard are the first schools that comes to everybody's minds when they think American universities, but I'd try branching out along the east coat. We have a lot to offer.


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Quote: from RIMHfire at 10:43 am on Feb. 21, 2012

I'm sure someone from your current school, like something equivalent to an advisor, can point you in the right direction. I wouldn't worry about the GPA thing. When your transcripts come overseas, I'm sure that gets translated into our system. And if you've been recommended to come over here for a PhD, then I'm sure you're not going to have any problems.

Yale and Harvard are the first schools that comes to everybody's minds when they think American universities, but I'd try branching out along the east coat. We have a lot to offer.


Please name a few for me to look at.

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Quote: from Far From The Usual at 12:04 pm on Feb. 21, 2012

You need to learn to do things for yourself

Graduate school doesn't work like that. It's not a matter of school ranking nearly as much as it is a matter of academic fit and specific scholars suited to your research interests, which can be difficult to impossible to find good information on simply by googling. A school like Stanford which has an excellent reputation in humanities would be a horrible, career-ruining choice for someone like me even though I'm studying a humanity.

Geting a postgraduate degree isn't like applying to colleges with a good reputation in psychology. Generally your professors in your undergrad institution help get you information on programs to look at, but academic communities tend to be fairly bound by national and especially continental divides. Posting a topic on LW to see if anyone is connected to relevant fields is a perfectly reasonable way of trying to broaden one's search, and a lot more effective than simply looking up rankings for arts and humanities.

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