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"It's about time we had a guide book written by somebody who really knows the culture of graduate school from the inside."
—Gerald Graff (Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The 2001-2002 Humanities Edition

The 2001-2002 Social Sciences Edition
Based on hundreds of interviews with graduate students, professors, and administrators at universities across the country, Lingua Franca's Real Guide to Grad School is the only reference work that maps the intellectual issues and practical choices that await you in graduate school. With chapters on twenty-seven disicplines from archaeology to women's studies, Lingua Franca's Real Guide has readers exclaiming:

"The Real Guide is easily the best guide
to higher education ever written."

—The University of ChicagoFree Press

Now significantly revised and updated, the second edition of Lingua Franca's Real Guide has added chapters on emerging fields like ethnic studies, cognitive science, museum studies, and performance studies, as well as on the contentious place of teaching in grad student life and how to make sense out of all those university rankings. Inside you'll find:

  • Who Studies It?
    profiles of current students and descriptions of their projects
    sample chapter

  • Why Study It?
    reasons why you should—or maybe shouldn't—study each discipline
    sample chapter

  • How Has It Taken Shape?
    the history of the discipline, including the disputes and debates that have helped to form it in the present day
    sample chapter

  • What's Your Next Step?
    inside data on the strongest programs and the biggest names in the field, including lesser-known schools and professors with particular strengths
    sample chapter

  • Are There Jobs Out There?
    an up-to-date assessment of the job market in each discipline, for work both inside and outside academia
    sample chapter

  • Resources
    professional associations, seminal books, respected journals and helpful Web sites
    sample chapter

Find out why faculty are saying:

"Grad school is an intellectual and emotional mosh pit; without Lingua Franca's Real Guide, you're going to get a metaphorical Doc Marten planted on your skull."
—Corey Brennan (classics professor, Rutgers University)

and reviewers are raving:

"...steps beyond the bounds of most references guides in offering the reader practical advice on the everyday life of graduate school. Recommended."
—Library Journal

Read what other readers have said about it,

Find Out For Yourself

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