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Is it good to have an English prof write LoR?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by stagius24, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. stagius24

    5+ Year Member

    May 29, 2010
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    Hello everyone,

    I am just wondering if it is ok to have an English prof as a reference. I saw most people have their references as science professors and employer. I rarely saw people asked for their non-science prof for letter.

    Please give advice
  2. PharmyC

    Apr 17, 2011
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    I think you will be fine, stagius24. That being said, I am no expert on the admission process (I am applying this year myself). However, if you go to http://www.pharmcas.org/collegesschools/directoryalphastate.htm and check the schools you are applying to, they will have a list of LORs they require and then those they recommend.

    A random college I chose (MidwesterN) had this listed:

    LOR types that are REQUIRED:
    Faculty Adviser
    Pre-Health Adviser
    Professor (Liberal Arts)
    Professor (Math)
    Professor (Science)

    As you can see, Liberal Arts professor is listed. I think that means you are golden. I would check with your personal colleges, however. I think a good LOR from an English professor speaks bounds more than a mediocre one from a science professor. They can also attest to your communication skills much more expertly than a science professor could - something important in the field of pharmacy.
  3. pinksparkly

    7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2009
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    One of my LORs came from a nonscience prof. He knew me really well and I was pretty sure that he would write a good letter. My guess is that the adcom would rather see a letter from an English prof that really can speak to who you are vs. a chem prof who barely knows you.

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