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    Quick question about grad school

    So I applied for grad school today, but I don't want to take what I had originally majored in for undergrad.

    I graduated undergrad with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. I had many social science/psych classes, so that was my concentration.

    I was thinking I might rather go to grad school for history. Might want to be a history teacher.

    Would I need to go back to undergrad and take more history-oriented classes?

    Or since my BS is in interdisciplinary, can I just take history instead?


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    Re: Quick question about grad school

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    So I applied for grad school today, but I don't want to take what I had originally majored in for undergrad.

    I graduated undergrad with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. I had many social science/psych classes, so that was my concentration.

    I was thinking I might rather go to grad school for history. Might want to be a history teacher.

    Would I need to go back to undergrad and take more history-oriented classes?

    Or since my BS is in interdisciplinary, can I just take history instead?
    The interdisciplinary is the space between which specific disciplines? I'm guessing not history and something else. I stayed in my field throughout, so I'm only guessing, but I think you might want a couple courses just to make sure your foundation is robust enough to provide a solid platform for exploration.

    My interdisciplinary is the space between ecology and anthro/sociology.

    For those readers unfamiliar, interdisciplinary is not multidisciplinary. It's not ecology and anthropology, it's what falls between them. One must learn each discipline, but it's not as much about combining them as it is looking between them.

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    Re: Quick question about grad school

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    The interdisciplinary is the space between which specific disciplines? I'm guessing not history and something else. I stayed in my field throughout, so I'm only guessing, but I think you might want a couple courses just to make sure your foundation is robust enough to provide a solid platform for exploration.

    My interdisciplinary is the space between ecology and anthro/sociology.

    For those readers unfamiliar, interdisciplinary is not multidisciplinary. It's not ecology and anthropology, it's what falls between them. One must learn each discipline, but it's not as much about combining them as it is looking between them.
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    Re: Quick question about grad school

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    Re: Quick question about grad school

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    So I applied for grad school today, but I don't want to take what I had originally majored in for undergrad.

    I graduated undergrad with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. I had many social science/psych classes, so that was my concentration.

    I was thinking I might rather go to grad school for history. Might want to be a history teacher.

    Would I need to go back to undergrad and take more history-oriented classes?

    Or since my BS is in interdisciplinary, can I just take history instead?


    That's what your advisor is for. Your grad courses will probably have prereqs, which might mean you need to take some undergrad history, but maybe not an onerous amount. And/or maybe there will be some bridge courses made specially for history grad students who cross over from other majors.

    Ask at the school.

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    Re: Quick question about grad school

    Go to trade school & learn auto mechanics or HVAC. Much more lucrative. Unless you have a gold mine in your basement & just don't care how you waste the rest of your life.
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    Re: Quick question about grad school

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    So I applied for grad school today, but I don't want to take what I had originally majored in for undergrad.

    I graduated undergrad with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. I had many social science/psych classes, so that was my concentration.

    I was thinking I might rather go to grad school for history. Might want to be a history teacher.

    Would I need to go back to undergrad and take more history-oriented classes?

    Or since my BS is in interdisciplinary, can I just take history instead?
    There are usually grad-level classes available to make up for undergrad shortcomings. The cases I know of where cross-education becomes problematic is when seeking a STEM related grad degree with an undergrad in liberal arts. But, even that can be overcome.
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    Re: Quick question about grad school

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    There are usually grad-level classes available to make up for undergrad shortcomings. The cases I know of where cross-education becomes problematic is when seeking a STEM related grad degree with an undergrad in liberal arts. But, even that can be overcome.
    And where exactly can you get a job today with even an advanced LA degree?
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    Re: Quick question about grad school

    I'm sure each state's teaching certification requirements differ, but if you want to teach history, might you get a masters in education, with an emphasis in history? In which case you might be missing undergrad education courses. But you'll need those one way or another to teach at high school level. MA in history and you can enter college teaching, but will need to go PHD to stay there.

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    Re: Quick question about grad school

    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    That's what your advisor is for. Your grad courses will probably have prereqs, which might mean you need to take some undergrad history, but maybe not an onerous amount. And/or maybe there will be some bridge courses made specially for history grad students who cross over from other majors.

    Ask at the school.
    OK good idea.


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