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'economics and law, calculus and chemistry, and philosophy and film' -Why Duke? Short


randomzm 10 / 20  
Dec 10, 2008   #1
There are a great number of reasons why I am applying to Duke; indeed, to list all of Duke's attractive qualities would certainly break the word count. To me, though, the single most appealing aspect of Duke is its commitment to interdisciplinarity. Although I am fairly certain that I will pursue a political science major, my interests are not simply limited to political science. When I go to college I also look forward to the opportunity to explore my interests in economics and law, calculus and chemistry, and philosophy and film, and I believe that Duke's dedication to interdisciplinary studies will provide me with the room to do just that.

What do you think? Thanks in advance for the input!
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Dec 10, 2008   #2
"There are a great number of reasons why I am applying to Duke; indeed, to list all of Duke's attractive qualities would certainly break the word count." Nice try. If Duke really has so many attractive qualities, though, you should certainly eliminate these phrases in favor of a specific list. Or, failing that, you might want to consider using the room to talk a bit more about how Duke's commitment to interdisciplinary work suits you. For instance, you could talk about how an understanding of economics and law would enhance your ability to analyze politics, or about how, when combined with a background in philosophy, your poli. sci studies would allow you to create films that functioned as effective political commentary. Bear in mind that interdisciplinary work doesn't mean simply studying an eclectic melange of courses from different disciplines. Ideally, it means bringing together aspects from two or more disciplines in a way that makes sense.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Dec 11, 2008   #3
Hi, after reading it I was going to suggest the same thing as Sean: list some specifics instead of just generalities. It is good to say something general and then get specific about it.

Good luck with political science! It is a good major.
shahindian2009 8 / 12  
Dec 12, 2008   #4
Discuss a quality of Duke, and how that quality will affect your passion for political science.


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