Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015     Views: 241

Thesis statements are often one sentence, however in some cases (e.g. a very in-depth or detailed paper) it may be appropriate to include a longer thesis statement.

You should ask your professor for their advice if you think you need to use a thesis statement that is longer than one sentence.

Remember that depending on the type of paper you are writing, thesis statements should either be a description of the subject of your paper (i.e. an "explanatory" thesis) or should be an argument or claim (i.e. an "argumentative" thesis). Keep thesis statements concise, without extra words or extraneous information; if you are having trouble keeping your thesis statement to once sentence, consider whether your thesis is specific enough, directly supports your paper, and accurately describes or argues the purpose or claim in your paper.

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For help with thesis statements, contact the Learning Center (UC) or Online Writing Center (COCE).

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