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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
I took World History and INST last semester, and I'm taking Human Geography, Compartive World Politics and Macroeconomics this semester. And A LOT OF IT IS BS. Most of what we are taught is Neoliberal rhetoric (from my experience). I have many friends (some of them Alumni) that agree.



Brother EP, what exactly were your expectations prior to aligning yourself with this department? You even admitted to consulting with friends about the interests governing the professors teaching the courses, so why did you apply this college?

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I'd say the only thing really "radicall libreral" about college education is that it tends to be socially liberal (not economically or politically liberal). That's about it. Has anyone else had this experience with college?


During my search for graduate programs in Education, I discovered that the best way to find a college home is to do a little research. I first narrowed my choices down to three colleges that I knew were capable of helping me to reach my goals. Then, I would sit in on lectures, study the research interests of professors, and I even interviewed a couple of professors prior to enrolling into the college that ultimately became my final choice. The point is, you cannot assume that simply because you're majoring in "Comparative World Politics" that everyone in the program will have the same interests in this subject that you have. Even within your chosen discipline, there are multiple perspectives on a myriad of topics. Therefore, you must select a college home, and more importantly, a department, with a team of professors who share your interests. Ideally, if you are seeking a Masters degree, and especially a doctorate, you should select at least two professors with whom you would like to work closely in preparation for your thesis and dissertation. Interview these professors and read published books and articles written by them in order to get a better understanding of their interests and scholarship. I don't need to tell you that attending college is very serious business; for most people, it is one of most expensive investments that they'll make in a lifetime. Therefore, it should not be approached haphazardly.
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