Humanities Ph.D. in 4 Years

Mitch Smith, Inside Higher Ed, May 02, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

At a certain point, a PhD program becomes a money factory. This may be that point. But the logic is inescapable - "Few believe the current model – in which humanities students often study for 8 or 10 years only to enter an uncertain academic job market – is smart or sustainable." It makes me think that the traditional Bachelor-Master-PhD cycle ought to be eliminated, that a single degree would mark the completion of academic studies, and that a degree based on your work after graduation - your work outside academia - may replace the traditional PhD. This could be the degree you need to get an academic job, and you don't get it unless you leave academia for a number of years and gain the respect of your peers.

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