Any gradschoolfags in here?
I'm a philosophy/psychology double major, minor in Asian studies, and I'm graduating with a 2.9 GPA. I'm sure no top tier graduate schools are going to accept me, but is there still hope?
Yes, I learned a lot.
Psychology because of my interest in theories of mind, philosophy to expand on that (contemporary psychology does not often have much to say about subjects such as consciousness), and Asian Studies because I thought Japanese would be a fun way to do my 2-year language requirement and once I was done with that I was only 3 classes away from completing the Asian Studies minor.
>I'm a philosophy/psychology double major, minor in Asian studies
Chemistry Major here
Why do you people even bother?
You could *probably* get into some half-decent universities here in the UK. If you're American and thus would be paying higher fees they might treat you as a borderline case - usually 3.0 would be the absolute minimum required
I have a PhD in Psychology. Admittedly it is in Australia but apparently we have the same issues with an overabundance of PhD's and too few proper academic positions.
My advice is for you to first find full-time work in a position related to your field, then after 2-3 years try to do a PhD while maintaining some form of work.
I'm doing a bachelor in history and I'd like to do q master in the field of history of science or environmental history.
I'm considering to apply to a top-tier uni like Oxford (I have very high grades) but these fees scare me... what do you guys think? Would it be worth it?
Oxford has a mlitt/mphil in history of technology, medicine and science. Cambridge offers a mlitt in history and philosophy of science.
My main interest is still evironmental history but it is mainly taught in the US and I'd like to keep it EU for my master. Both st. Andrews and Uppsala university offer courses on environmental history but I can't really tell if they're any good
St. Andrews is one of the best and most competitive in the country. I've heard of Uppsala and know it's well-regarded in Sweden but I would stick with a more recognisable UK univerisity frankly.
Not shitposting here but what do people who get undergrad degrees in liberal arts/humanities actually plan on using them for? Even with a grad degree Academia is extremely saturated, and that seems to be the only clear option with most of these majors. What is the expectation when people go into these fields?
Senior researcher in the field of happy meals
But seriously, it's not like we didn't think about it. I was convinced by a young, cute researcher that showed me it was still possible to do it. I know I will still be studying when all my engineer friends will be buying their first house, and I know I am going to work my ass off for half the money I'd get being a sommelier.
I think it was Kennedy who said "we do it because it's hard", and that's pretty much it.
if you are in USA then a 2.9 is shitty for grad school.
But you are in luck - if you are dead set on wasting a shit load of money on grad school extend your undergrad program by 1 semester and re-take your shittiest graded classes. The new grades will over-ride the old ones, and if you do better the second time around - GPA boost.
But honestly, I hope you are rich. I can't imagine what job you are looking to get. A 2.9 isn't going to be a professor.
Also, the vast majority of grad school students drop. Hope you beat the odds twice!
Been at Oxford for 6 years now. Did my masters and stayed on for the doctorate.
The chance of getting one of the few full rides for international students is slim since they pool all departments together. If you're a Brit, you just gotta pray you get one of the few AHRC rides for your degree (though those are reserved for the dphil programs).
Oxford has faculty dedicated to the history and philosophy of science.
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>3 paintings / hour
>$150 / painting
STEM btfo honestly
I'm studying religion and anthropology at UChicago. Really want to get a PhD at some point in my life because I love what I study but not sure when that might happen. Planning on going into community organizing/activism or electoral politics or some mix of the two.
physics undergrad here, why does your building smell like bleach and piss all the time?
GRE is not really what counts most; and extra curriculars don't count for squat.
The biggest weakness that an applicant can have to a graduate studies program is appearing as if he only wants an MA. The faculty wants students that are dedicated and willing (or have the appearance of wanting) to go all the way for a PhD. The exception to that is if that department uses its masters program as a means to get cash, in which case 'un-serious' offers will not have any funding. This is why most reputable programs don't offer an MA separately from the Phd—that degree, if given at all, is merely a checkpoint.
Well OP. You took a bunch of psych classes so you don't have an excuse with that 2.9. Philosophy I could see since the professors grade super hard and its pretty tough to get an A.
Look into the field of COGNITIVE SCIENCE. Its right up your ally and needs recruits. Indiana has a great program.
Check out smaller Christian universities. Remember while in grad school to publish a lot of shit and some good because right now academcis makes money off of VOLUME not quality.
good luck .
> and extra curriculars don't count for squat.
Most extra curriculars don't count for squat. RELEVANT Extra Cirrculars count for a lot.
If you're doing a degree in Asian Studies, for example, and you do something that will actually put you in contact with Asian Cultures, that counts for a lot.
I got a lot of credit when applying to a Master's in History because I'd sought out government accredation as an Oral Historian, worked on Oral History projects, was President of Phi Alpha Theta etc.
That stuff really matters.
Basically I had to go back to school and take another year of undergrad and aced all of those classes, combined with knocking the GRE out of the park (I've always excelled at test taking) i suppose i got lucky to get in