Sunday, December 2, 2012

Feeling cold? Apply to our graduate program!

Are you thinking of grad school and feeling cold? As your December days get colder and darker, you may want to reflect on the warm weather in Waco. It was over 80F today.

Of course, the really great thing is the warmth of the graduate student community.

We've extended our deadline for the Baylor Philosophy PhD program this year until January 2.

The anole photo is from today, from the path by the river on campus (or just off campus?).  The butterflies are from Thanksgiving, though I saw a number today, too.


D. A. Armstrong said...

Does this mean you didn't receive an adequate amount of applicants?

I love philosophy and had started a master's degree in 2006, but couldn't finish due to financial issues. I'm also slightly paranoid about the vast number of philosophy and other humanities graduates and their ability to find meaningful employment once I obtain such a degree.

Andrew Jaeger said...

If I had to do things over, I'd apply to Baylor. Seeing as I'm almost finished with my PhD, my wife wouldn't like me applying for a transfer.

Alexander R Pruss said...

We extended the deadline as an experiment to see if it gets us more applicants, and because at least some competing schools had January deadlines.

The worry about employment is a reasonable one. Still, our program's placement record is very good, especially given what a tough job market it is. In fact, I think (on the basis of anecdotal data rather than detailed statistics) we have found a niche in the placement market that lets us do better in placement than a number of programs with much better established reputations. Admittedly, almost all of the jobs are in teaching-oriented schools. But they are very meaningful jobs.

D. A. Armstrong said...

After following your blog and some comments that William Lane Craig made about you, I'd be honored to study at Baylor. I'll have to consider it in a year or two when I get a few financial issues resolved.

I'm glad to hear that you've had good luck with placement. This means many more Christians will enter the realm of philosophy and interact in the public and private education systems.

Dagmara Lizlovs said...

"As your December days get colder and darker, you may want to reflect on the warm weather in Waco. It was over 80F today."

What's the hunting like around the area surrounding Waco? I've heard that Snow Goose and turkey are pretty good down in Texas. What about the deer? At 80F, I won't be freezing in that tree stand. I hope it gets real cold where I'm at so it will push the Canadian geese down the Atlantic flyway! Without the geese flying, there's way too much philosphy going on the goose pit.

All things considered, its a good thing that there are still Christian schools staying Christian! One of our parish priests put in a good report on Baylor. Keep up the good work.

Sam Harper said...

You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a deer in Texas.

Alexander R Pruss said...

I posted too soon. It was below freezing earlier in the morning. I had to scrape frost off the car windows.

It's also a pretty and sunny day, and highs should be back up to 60 tomorrow and 72 Saturday.

Dagmara Lizlovs said...


Are you into hunting too? Here in Maryland there are plent of nice 12points you can get with your vehicle at any time.


Can you send that chilly air my way for this weekend's goose hunt? It looks like the moon phase will be right, all I need is for some clouds and some cold. Got to go out and dead some geese for my cousin and my boss.

By now all the deer here in Southern Maryland are what we call educated. There are no more undergraduate deer left. We've done a good job learning 'em right by harvesting the dumber ones. (The geese will be educated in a couple of weeks.) I'm wondering if instead of golden delicious apples and acorns on the corn pile, an application for a graduate studies program might work better for getting that ten point buck. If the apples don't interest him, maybe a higher level of educashun might.