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Writing Guidelines
Statements of Purpose
From the OWU Writing Center in the Sagan Academic Resource Center

The OWU Writing Center
Corns 316 ▪ (740-368-3925) ▪ http://writing.owu.edu ▪ open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ohio Wesleyan University Writing Center © 2011

Writing Guidelines for Statements of Purpose
Contents
Writing Your Statement of Purpose ................................................................................................ 1 I. Audience and Institutions ....................................................................................................... 1 II. Content ................................................................................................................................... 2 III. Organization and Development ........................................................................................... 4 IV. Language, Tone, and Voice ................................................................................................. 5 Sample Statements of Purpose ........................................................................................................ 8 I. Social Sciences ........................................................................................................................ 8 Education: Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL)—non-native English Speaker .................................................................................................................................... 8 Environmental Studies ............................................................................................................ 9 Geography ............................................................................................................................. 11 History................................................................................................................................... 12 Psychology (Clinical--research)............................................................................................ 14 Psychology (cross-cultural) .................................................................................................. 16 Psychology (School) ............................................................................................................. 18 Social Work .......................................................................................................................... 20 Sociology .............................................................................................................................. 21 II. Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering ................................................................ 22 Life Sciences ......................................................................................................................... 22 Mathematics .......................................................................................................................... 24 Engineering (Structural)........................................................................................................ 26 Geology ................................................................................................................................. 28 Paleontology ......................................................................................................................... 29 Chemistry .............................................................................................................................. 30 III. Humanities and Literature................................................................................................... 31 African Studies...................................................................................................................... 31 Literature (American)...
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