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Hi,

I just got accepted into two masters programs and I am waiting on a third program and I have to make a decision quickly so I was wondering if any of you have heard of the following programs and hear your opinions? I will be studying American History(political parties/movements) and I got accepted into SUNY@Buffalo and LSU and I am waiting to hear back from UMass@Boston. I am planning on going straight from a masters to a doctorate program if that helps you. I am just looking for some insight, has anybody heard of these programs? Is one much stronger than the other? I am really looking for the strenght of the program and one that can prepare me for a doctorate program. Thanks for any help/opinions that you share!
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From:mer_cochon
Date:November 3rd, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
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I promise that the deplorable grammar/spelling has nothing to do with my future as a graduate student I just type too fast. Sorry! Totally embaressed!
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From:pansette
Date:November 3rd, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
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I know a person who did an MA at LSU and really liked it. This person is a pretty good scholar, so I'd trust their opinion. I don't think their advisor is there anymore, though.

UMass Boston's history program, unlike a lot of the school, is REALLY REALLY REALLY conservative. If this is okay with you, go for it. But I'd avoid it. Of course, if you're looking at, say, one of their American Studies or ethnic studies programs, this note about conservativism does not apply.
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From:mer_cochon
Date:November 3rd, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
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Like, conservative in what way? They dont let you experiment in different disciples or like, socially conservative aka jerry falwell?
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From:pansette
Date:November 3rd, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
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Well, I forget what paper it was, I think maybe WaPo or the NYT, but maybe the Globe, had an feature toward the end of last year, I think, around election time, asking a number of historians what they thought the legacy of GWB would be, when looked at by future historians. There were some "worst president ever" people, some "deeply mediocre to the point of being uninteresting" people, and some "he's problematic" people. The only "OMG one of the best president ever" person came from UMB.

It's deeply politically conservative, from what I've been told by people who would know. And very against interdisciplinarity as well.
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From:jarsofwind
Date:November 3rd, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
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Do yourself an enormous favor. Contact the graduate students at these schools and ask them to tell you, honestly, how they're treated. Ask what their workload looks like, and if their TA assignments are fair and reasonable. Ask them what their advisers are like - make sure you talk to someone who is working with the person you want to work with at each school. Ask for honesty. It's important to know what you're getting into.
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From:caernarvon
Date:November 3rd, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm down here at LSU right now...if you want to email me some questions, Im at mpaten1@tigers.lsu.edu
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From:caernarvon
Date:November 3rd, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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er, I should add that I did my MA down here and am just (hopefully) going to be finished the PhD in the Spring
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From:saralinds
Date:November 3rd, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Contact each program and ask for their track record for getting into PhD programs. Simple as that if you want to be assured that you can get into a PhD program after the MA.
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