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Thinking About Grad School?

22 Mar

Interesting blog post on the merits, and disadvantages, of pursuing a graduate degree in English.


Thinking about law school? Check out this flowchart.

10 Oct

I found this flowchart both eye-opening and clarifying. It is complicated, but worth reading every path if you are thinking about going to law school for any reason: money, prestige, desire to effect social change, stability, or simply, because you aren’t really sure what you want to do after you graduate.

I ran across this while reading a piece in Vitae, a higher-education career site, written by a recent college grad who considered going to law school because he wanted to pursue social change. Although he got in to several top law programs, he decided not to go. You can read about his decision-making process, which includes many useful links for those facing the same decision, here.

Ph.D. in English: Doctor or actor?

1 Apr

Here’s some food for thought (from The Chronicle of Higher Ed): is wanting a Ph.D. in English (and becoming a college professor) more like wanting to be a medical doctor, or a professional actor or athlete?

For the Persistent Ph.D. Impulse, Gentle Dissuasion

For those of you in, been, or considering grad school, how do you see the Ph.D. in English? I vote “actor,” myself …

Ten commandments of grad school

22 Aug

Tenured Radical is a great blog at the Chronicle of Higher Ed. In this column, she gives advice about grad school that I wish I’d had! If you are considering grad school as a post-Loyola option, this column gives a good sense of the kinds of pressures involved– personal, interpersonal, and financial 😉

Ten Commandments of Graduate School

The grad school question

25 Apr

This week, the New Yorker published a helpful entry into the genre of “Should I go to grad school?” — a particularly important question for the humanities. Here’s the link. This essay is thoughtful and helpfully indecisive, while pointing to some of the best known and more partisan entries in that conversation.

Your English advisor is happy to have this conversation with you, as is Dr. Norman who acts as the department’s general grad school advisor.



Why law schools want English majors

15 Mar

Why law schools want English majors

Here’s an article from Wednesday’s Chronicle of Higher Education quoting law professors lamenting what they are seeing more and more in law school: test-driven students unable to write–or think–their way out of a paper bag. Take heart, EN majors: these are the skills you are honing. Not to mention, the skill of being able to read and process hundreds of pages at a sitting :-). –JLC


The Humanities Ph.D. at Work–Chronicle of Higher Ed.

21 Feb

The Humanities Ph.D. at Work–Chronicle of Higher Ed.

Here’s a link to a blog post from the Chronicle of Higher Ed– it’s actually directed toward those who are currently in grad school in humanities programs, but I think the author does a good job of describing how the work environment of grad school differs from that of the non-academic workplace, and also lays out some interesting ideas about the skills one develops (and doesn’t) in grad school. 

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