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I have a question of my own, figured I'd ask it here. If I want to apply in Comp. Lit but my undergrad major was English Literature, would I still be able to? How does that work? I know a good bit of French, and in my opinion I can handle work at that level in French, but I recall one of my professors (who graduated from a comp lit program) telling me that I need to prove I can handle reading literature in another language that level, not just highly advanced language classes that had literature in that language. Basically, if I submitted an academic essay in French as a W.S would that prove my competence along with my classes? Just really curious about that. Basically, can I apply with only an English B.A?
Take me with a grain of salt too because I haven't applied yet, and the fact that there's always differing perspectives on the application process. But from my conversations and understanding, the SOP is written in plain language and answers key questions (why you, how prepared are you, etc) with compelling reasons, while the WS is supposed to show your best writing ability at a professional level of scholarship. In that sense, I understand the roles as reversed: the SOP is not the showhorse, but the WS is.
hats gave positive reputation to a post in a topic: To use scholarly sources in WS or not? Start from scratch?
Doll Tearsheet replied to aves's topic in Writing SamplesYes it is required. If you don't have access to databases, can you go to the local library? Not only should the WS have scholarly sources, but it should also try to appear original and connected to current literary debates on some level. (The latter is especially true of the PHD level)
How does one even "borrow" from a SOP? They are so individualized that it may be actually impossible. The SOP is not supposed to be some creative genius type of work. It is very simple in theory. The hard part is explaining why you by using your own individual experiences, which is literally impossible for anyone else to have.