Liberal arts personal statement

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I've read that for a personal statement you should include ~80% stuff directly related to your course and ~20% other/extracurricular stuff. However, for a liberal arts personal statement does the 80% include all the subjects you hope to take modules from or just your specialist subject. (For example, I want to take sociology as the main subject but also want to do a module of music, so would what I write about music count as part of the 80% or 20%)
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Are you only applying for liberal arts courses? If you are, it would make sense to be more broad, as that is part of the purpose of the course (as opposed to taking just a sociology degree). Depending on how many subject areas, you may not have to mention all of them, but make sure they are relevant to all your choices
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For mine (I'm a final year Liberal Arts student), I mainly wrote about my major because this was common across my applications. For example, if you want to major in sociology, I would write the majority of the PS about why you want to do this. Then, include a section on why interdisciplinary learning appeals to you (this could tie in music modules and whatever else you want to take) as most Liberal Arts courses emphasise being interdisciplinary and free-thinking. Then yes, include some extra curricular stuff if you would like.

I hope this helps; this is how I wrote my PS and I got accepted to all of my options so I suppose I couldn't have messed up too badly! Let me know if I can help with anything else.
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(Original post by MaRad4)
For mine (I'm a final year Liberal Arts student), I mainly wrote about my major because this was common across my applications. For example, if you want to major in sociology, I would write the majority of the PS about why you want to do this. Then, include a section on why interdisciplinary learning appeals to you (this could tie in music modules and whatever else you want to take) as most Liberal Arts courses emphasise being interdisciplinary and free-thinking. Then yes, include some extra curricular stuff if you would like.

I hope this helps; this is how I wrote my PS and I got accepted to all of my options so I suppose I couldn't have messed up too badly! Let me know if I can help with anything else.
hi !! please help.

im applying to 2 sociology courses, two Liberal arts and 1 sociology with social psychology. How do I structure and write this?!
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hi !! please help.

im applying to 2 sociology courses, two Liberal arts and 1 sociology with social psychology. How do I structure and write this?!
Assuming your major is sociology for the liberal arts ones, I would focus on sociology. Write the first part about why you like sociology, what parts particularly interesting you, your previous study (or why you don’t have any), and how sociology informs your world view.

I’d then write about interdisciplinary study and why you think it’s important. Eg more rounded view of the world, a chance to expand on your interests, inform your understanding of sociology by considering other perspectives, curiosity and a love to learn. Mention what else you are interested in (such as social psychology). Likelihood is the straight honours sociology will let you take some external modules too, maybe focus in on this. Eg, if they offer anthropology modules mention why you are interested in anthropology and how it relates to sociology and the wider world.

Focus on the course you like the most and try to appeal to them, but always go to the lowest common denominator: in this case, sociology. The unis know you have 5 applications.

Good luck!
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