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  •  Yes, very seriously. First of all, and again, I (0+ / 0-)

    didn't say don't study Renaissance literature.  By all means, study away.  Just don't try to get a Ph.D. in the subject and then cry yourself to sleep and beat your chest when you don't land a tenure-track academic position in the field.

    There's a difference.

    •  Show me numbers that compare the job prospects (0+ / 0-)

      of Ren. PhDs as opposed to say Engineering or Business, etc. Show numbers that prove there are bad prospects in academia for Ren. Lit. PhDs (who are few and far between, in any case--I'm at a big state AAU school (one of about 30 in the entire country) that churns out about 3 or 4 PhDs per year, and of those I'd say maybe 10% are Ren. Lit. -- to be generous -- and we have a faculty with 4 Ren. lit. scholars (which is huge comparatively). This means we produce 1 every 3 years or so. I imagine there may be about 10 produced in any given year nationally, with 3 or 4 tenured jobs in the field, a couple instructorships or post-docs. This is no different than students in the general population in any major.

      What we're talking about here is sub minimum wage pay. We're talking about universities taking advantage of people to keep wages down.

      Do you believe in the minimum wage?

      There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

      by upstate NY on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 09:12:15 AM PDT

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