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What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

What degrees do you have/do you want to get?

Just curious about the interests of some of the other people here.

Cheers. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Wil, Head Moderator

I plan on getting a degree in Psychology then moving on to Medical School and becoming a Psychiatrist specializing in Young Adults. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Tattooed Hand, Auditor

I majored in International Studies, the humanisties/social science mishmash major at my school. Lots of flexability and no commitments. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

I am currently working on a double major in English and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and then planning to go to grad school and study something having to do with one or the other of these... who knows. I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life in academia <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by DarkMatter, Peralogue

This winter I'll hopefully have a Bachleor of Science in Environmental Engineering. And I might keep studying to get a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Kingslayer, Candidate

Criminal Justice Major here.... view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

BA Honors in History (University of Tennessee, 1996); MA in Modern European Cultural History (University of Tennessee, 1998); teacher certification classes, no degree (Austin Peay State University, 1999).

After 5 years of teaching of one sort or the other (history/geography/government/interim English on the high school and middle levels), I decided to take a break from teaching. Currently working two jobs. One as a residential counselor in a 24-hour monitored youth treatment center for boys with emotional disturbances, the other as a part-time caretaker for people with mental disabilities.

Recently decided (maybe with some help of my 30th birthday leading to some reflections) that I'd like to go back to grad school, this time to earn a MA in Counseling, with a specialization in working with teens that have been abused and who have learning/emotional difficulties as a result. With that in mind, I'll be studying again for the GRE this fall and hopefully will enroll part-time (still hoping to keep my current jobs) at probably Middle Tennessee State University in Fall 2005 to work toward that degree.

So yeah, that's my college history, present, and future. Enjoy. <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

What's the GRE, Larry? view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Graduate Record Exam

The grad school version of the SAT, with the added pleasure of an extra section devoted to analogies and mind games. It's not going to be easy making the same scores this time. If I can make a 1300+ again on the Math and Verbal sections, I'll be a very happy camper. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

Ah. That will probably be rather tough after being out of school for so long won't it?

Well I get to look forward to the SAT in the fall...I'm not sure if they're adding the new writing section or not for that one, or if that's going to be in the spring. Heh, actually I won't have to worry about that, just the math section. (math= devil. Goodkind probably invented it <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ) view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

The Verbal part won't be tough. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if I improve my scores there, having had to concentrate on grammars when learning the structures of Spanish and Haitian Creole. The Math part will take about a month or two of refresher-type exercises, nothing else. Can't study much for the third part (and most schools ignore the scores there).

I'm not too worried about failing to be accepted into the school I'm considering. Only question would be is if I could get a free ride. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

Well that's good. Best of luck to you on that exam, and on getting your degree <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

So you were a history buff? Odd, I would have imagined you as being a literature major of some sort <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

I was a cultural history student, which meant I had to take all sorts of classes on social systems, intellectual histories (which is the closest I've come to Philosophy classes, by the way), literatures, languages, even somewhat on mass psychologies. It's like being a general practitioner, except the field is very, very tough for most. It's also the history field that's most influenced by postmodernism, even if I'm not exactly a comfortable fit in that school of thought.

But my main focus was religious symbolism and ideology of the Nazi era. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

Ah, yeah, I can definately see you as fitting that. Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is postmodernism? I've heard you and others reference things to it, but what school of thought is it?

But yeah, that field sounds pretty interesting. And for myself, I'm going to have a hell of a hard time choosing a major. Physics, chemistry, history, political science, and philosophy will probably end up in some odd combination of majors and minors <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> Gotta love esoteric and random interests, eh? Of course, that will probably all change by the time I get to college, so who knows. I've got years to think it over. AP poly sci and environmental science this coming year should be able to help me refine my opinion in: is this really something I want to study in college? view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Don't have much time to reply here, but here are some links for you:

[url:bstxihkr]http&#58;//www&#46;colorado&#46;edu/English/ENGL2012Klages/pomo&#46;html[/url:bstxihkr]

[url:bstxihkr]http&#58;//www&#46;blackwell-synergy&#46;com/links/doi/10&#46;1111/0018-2656&#46;00123/abs/;jsessionid=afjRukWDDjxf[/url:bstxihkr]

These should be enough to give you a certain general idea of what postmodernism attacks. For the record, I'm sympathetic toward most of the aims of po-mo, but I'm not "orthodox," due to certain stances I take in regards to the application of religion and value. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

Thanks! Quite fascinating..I'll have to check out some more stuff. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

By no means an extensive list, here are some books you might need to read (don't worry, they're mostly intelligble <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->):

Carlo Ginzberg, The Cheese and the Worms (mircohistory of a certain heretical Italian peasant and how his beliefs reflect certain cultural uncertainties)

Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre - proof that history is indeed stranger than fiction.

Michel Foucault, most anything, but especially The Archaeology of Knowledge; The Order of Things; Discipline and Punish; A History of Madness; and works on counter-memory and language, sexuality, and religion and culture.

These are some cultural history/po-mo critiques that should help you gain a wider understanding of the conflict po-mo causes in the historical field.

And if you're really brave...

Jacques Derrida, On Grammatology, at least for the anti-Preface preface <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

Well, what are the odds. I went to the bookstore a week ago, and I bought Foucaults Archaeology of Knowledge <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Good start. But try to read his The Order of Things just afterwards, so you can see how he changed his mind <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

I actually have some money in my pocket for once, so I'm carefully considering what all I should buy. (which is why I'm not immediately buying TDTCB, that would wipe out half of my money, I'm just going to wait till it's paperback, so it's a quarter of the cost). I'm thinking I'll probably pick up Mieville's The Scar, as well as some Foucalt and Derrida. I wish my library had more books of the sort, they have remarkably little philosophy and such, I need to interlibrary loan to get them.

But Archaeology of Knowledge is next on my to read list, I'm working on a couple books right now. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Interesting.... I just bought The Order of Things the other day w/ a gift card, as I've been wanting to read Foucault for a while, but never been brave enough.... view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

One of these days, I'm going to post my grad syllabi (and one I wrote for a proposed class) just to give you guys some excellent non-fiction to read. After all, I think my 90+ book recommended list might not be enough for the two of you <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

Haha, you ought to do that Larry. I still have yet to read the near 100 books recommended by OF to me, and I have a stack of science and philosophy books in my room to be read.

But you really should. Your 90 books, plus the syllabi, that would be really interesting. I seem to be sort of naturally drifting towards non-fic anyway. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

In lieu of me having to search for hours for everything, let me start by recommending two very different books for you to read:

E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class

Modris Eksteins, Rites of Spring

One is THE seminal social history text, the other a fascinating cultural analysis of World War I.

And speaking of WWI, read this book by one of my professors:

Vejas Liulevicius, War Land on the Eastern Front : Culture, National Identity, and German Occupation in World War I (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare)

This book has so many of the topics discussed in a seminar class I was in that I could almost recite the results even before he discussed them in the book. Great read. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

They sound excellent. See, I wish I could take classes in stuff like that! My school just had the basics, you know, like Modern World History, American History, Psychology, and Sociology. Nothing really specifically cultural like the things you speak of. I'll definately have to check them out, I'm going to the library later today. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Well, I didn't have most of these to read until I was in grad school, so what does that say for ya? <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

One of these days, I'm going to have to donate my history books to the local library, just so a curious person such as yourself can find and read them for enjoyment and education. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

Yep, I definately am getting a head start. Gotta love ambition <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

If you donate them, you should send them up to my library <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

I might just sort through them and mail them directly to you, if I do that <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

How many history books do you have? I know that's a problem with college, you buy tons of books, for hundreds of dollars, then often can't sell back many of them. Heh, I've already been taking some from my older brother when he comes back on breaks <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Not for sure. I was (sad to say) broke much of the time and I sold most of my books back after the semesters were over, at least the ones I could get any money for. If I had to guess, maybe 100-150? And a lot of those are textbooks given to me by my graduate advisor when he retired, so probably only about 60-70 books of the sort I'm thinking about. view post


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