Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should be about 2-3 pages long and should address the following four questions:

  • What is the academic focus of your proposed major? On what theme, issue, question, or problem does your major focus?
  • Why have you chosen this academic focus? What experiences (academic, co-curricular, or other) shaped your decision to design this individualized major?
  • What do you hope to learn while pursuing the major and how will the courses you have selected help you to achieve those learning goals? From what disciplines or departments will you draw your courses? What insights do you hope to gain from your courses? Consider what the sub-themes of your proposed major are and discuss the courses you’ve included in the major along those thematic lines.
  • How does this major fit into your academic and career goals? Will you be pursuing a minor or another major? Will you be doing an internship, undergraduate research, or study abroad? Are you planning for a particular career or graduate program? How does the IMJR fit your long-term goals?

You do not need to consider these questions in any particular order, nor do you need to consider every sub-question, but be sure that your statement of purpose considers the four questions in bold.

Sample Statements of Purpose

Social Interaction and New Media

Health, Culture and Society

International Relations with a focus in Eastern Europe

Neuroscience and Ethics

Neurodevelopment and Health