5 tips for how to choose a college major

One of the biggest decisions for college students is choosing a college major. There is a lot riding on that choice – not only your future career, earnings potential and ability to pay back student loans, but also your happiness and sense of fulfillment doing something you enjoy for the next thirty years.

Choosing a major can be a difficult decision. (Credit: weareiu.com)

Choosing a major can be a difficult decision. (Credit: weareiu.com)

You don’t necessarily want to choose the easiest college majors or the highest paying college majors. The best college majors are the ones that speak to you personally. Here are some tips for how to choose a college major. Read more

Summer reading — The best books for college students

This summer you might be tempted to walk away from anything remotely connected to learning. But summer reading is a great thing, and not just for college students.

Summer reading will keep your mind fresh. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Summer reading will keep your mind fresh. (Credit: Huffington Post)

If you need a little inspiration when it comes to compiling your top books to read, here are some suggestions for the best books to keep your mind in tip-top shape during the break. Read more

Will United Nations’ peace talks solve the Yemen conflict? Discuss it in your next research paper

The current Yemen conflict is extremely complicated. The initial fighting started between the country’s President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and allies of the Houthis, a group of Zaidi Shia rebels. However adding to the conflict is the opposition by al-Qaeda to both groups and an offshoot of ISIS that’s trying to gain a foothold in the country.

The Houthi rebels used tear gas against demonstrators in Taiz, Yemen. (Credit: Reuters)

The Houthi rebels used tear gas against demonstrators in Taiz, Yemen. (Credit: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia is leading a military operation that backs Yemen’s president. After a recent cease-fire, bombing has begun again, while the United Nations is hoping to sponsor peace talks in Geneva on May 28. Read more

Term paper: Government surveillance and whistleblowers

The aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center saw an escalation of government surveillance on the American people. But intrusion into personal privacy has a long history in the U.S. Now PBS’ Independent Lens reveals how 44 years ago a group of citizens exposed the FBI’s illegal surveillance program in the documentary, 1971.

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

If you are looking for research paper topics about the legal system, constitutional rights and the criminal justice system, then check out the film on your local station or online by searching for PBS documentaries. Read more

Business research paper topics: Business leadership theories

If you’re a business major looking for interesting research paper topics, you might want to consider looking at management styles or leadership theories. A good topic could be, “What is the difference between leadership and management?” We have seen how bold business leaders have helped to move society into new vistas of productivity and innovation.

Learn more about successful, well-known business leaders. (Credit: Linkis)

Learn more about successful, well-known business leaders. (Credit: Linkis)

Here are some ideas and resources to help you take a look at the lives and management styles of the men and women who have shaped the business world and much of our daily life. Read more

Cover new HBO documentary on racism for your next research paper

Racism in the United States, particularly in the South, is a topic that seems to be in the news more and more. Despite the attention that it receives, the treatment of African Americans is still something very much in need of improvement, as the HBO documentary by Gillian Laub, Southern Rites shows all too well.

Discuss the new HBO documentary on racism for your next research paper. (Credit: Gillian Laub/HBO)

Discuss the new HBO documentary on racism for your next research paper. (Credit: Gillian Laub/HBO)

For your next research paper on racism or race relations, consider discussing this new documentary. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Honoring Mental Health Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. In 2013, President Obama proclaimed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and brought the issue of mental health to the forefront of our nation’s thoughts.

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We believe that these issues are important to address year round, but highlighting these issues during May provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness. To that end, the following books will be free for the entire month of May. Read more

Ethnic diversity and inclusion in higher education

In the last decade or so, colleges and universities have realized that they need to actively push for cultural and ethnic diversity and inclusion in both their faculty and student body on college campus. College presidents are establishing councils to provide an inclusive perspective on college issues.

What do you know about diversity in higher education? (Credit: Joanne Chan)

What do you know about diversity in higher education? (Credit: Joanne Chan)

They are holding meetings, planning agendas, organizing group discussions and hosting symposia to promote diversity. Good research paper topics on diverse issues in higher education could be to write about college efforts to increase diversity. Read more

How you and the U.S. government can save pollinators as your next research topic

You may not put a lot of thought into bees, aside from avoiding getting stung, but the honeybee population has had a rough few years. Colony Collapse Disorder has wiped out about 40 percent of bees in the country last year alone.

Find out how the government will save pollinators. (Credit: Andy Duback/AP)

Find out how the government will save pollinators. (Credit: Andy Duback/AP)

The U.S. government is stepping in to help save our pollinators and ensure we have plenty around to pollinate our crops. Learn more about this topic and how it could directly affect you as well for your next ecology research paper. Read more

Artificial Intelligence — The latest computer science research on AI

Think that AI or artificial intelligence is the stuff of science fiction movies? Think again. The future of computing may lie in machines that can outthink humans.

Learn more about artificial intelligence. (Credit: agsandrew / Shutterstock)

Learn more about artificial intelligence. (Credit: agsandrew / Shutterstock)

Is computer science research getting closer to that point, and if so, are technology advocates like Bill Gates right to be worried about the dangers of artificial intelligence? Read more