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Old June 8th, 2017, 04:29 AM   #1

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Good grad schools for medieval to early modern European history?


In just a couple of months, I will be taking the GRE and beginning to apply to grad schools. My aim is to focus my studies toward European history (especially the medieval to early modern eras). I intend to go for an MA-PhD track, in the hopes of going the funded route. As an Iowa resident, I kind of have my sights set on the University of Iowa and that in-state tuition. However, I would also like to apply to several other grad schools in order to keep my options open.

My first Bachelor's degree (in Liberal Studies) that I earned about a decade ago has a terrible GPA (something like 2.3) because I was young and irresponsible. By the time I start applying to grad schools this fall, I will be in the senior year of my second Bachelor's degree (in History), and will have about a 3.6-3.7 GPA. (I wonder if these circumstances will limit my realistic options for acceptances?)

Which grad schools have good European history programs for English-speakers? I'm looking for any suggestions, from well-known Ivy League universities all the way down to little-known public or private colleges. They can be anywhere in the United States (or Europe, for that matter, if they can accommodate English speaking students).

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If you are going for a PhD track, it might be useful to delineate your field of interest a little bit more. This will help you both with finding suitable programs, and would help us to suggest a department, as well as increase your chance of getting accepted. Could you tell us which period, region and topic you are interested in and which languages you read or intend to learn?
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If you are going for a PhD track, it might be useful to delineate your field of interest a little bit more. This will help you both with finding suitable programs, and would help us to suggest a department, as well as increase your chance of getting accepted. Could you tell us which period, region and topic you are interested in and which languages you read or intend to learn?
My primary area of interest is social history in late Medieval to early Early Modern (might have just invented a new term there) West-Central Europe. I am especially focused on Germany. I have a decent reading proficiency in German and have mastered the old German scripts (Sütterlin, Fraktur, etc.), but not quite fluent yet (studying using Rosetta Stone, mainly).

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I see, I guess you already have an overview over the "usual suspects" (Princeton, Cambridge etc.), so I would say the Universities of York (Medieval History) and Manchester (Medieval and Early Modern History) might be of interest to you, too. Both focus on England and are quite expensive, however. A cheaper alternative would be the "European History" MA program at Humboldt University in Berlin, but it is taught only partially in English and the options in medieval and early modern history are rather limited. If you are willing to attempt a German language MA, I would recommend to take a look at Berlin, Heidelberg and Vienna.
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I see, I guess you already have an overview over the "usual suspects" (Princeton, Cambridge etc.), so I would say the Universities of York (Medieval History) and Manchester (Medieval and Early Modern History) might be of interest to you, too. Both focus on England and are quite expensive, however. A cheaper alternative would be the "European History" MA program at Humboldt University in Berlin, but it is taught only partially in English and the options in medieval and early modern history are rather limited. If you are willing to attempt a German language MA, I would recommend to take a look at Berlin, Heidelberg and Vienna.
Thanks! Do you have any recommendations as to grad schools in the United States with good programs for my particular area of study, in addition to Princeton?
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Fordham University (New York) has some of the best online resources for the Medieval and Early Modern periods.

I have no idea how are their courses, never have been in the USA, but you can inform yourself:

https://www.fordham.edu/info/20759/courses

https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/Halsall/med/medny.asp

https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/sbook.asp
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Thanks! Do you have any recommendations as to grad schools in the United States with good programs for my particular area of study, in addition to Princeton?
I'm sorry, but I don't really have much to say on the US. According to Patrick J. Geary (Medieval Germany in America - Medievalists.net) Harvard and John Hopkins University might be good addresses, too. Incidentally, Geary is professor for medieval history at the IAS in Princeton... :P
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