What you will learn as an international relations major

International relations is an exciting and multidisciplinary field of study. An international relations major—which includes foreign policy study, social science, ethics, psychology, foreign language and finance—equips students with the knowledge to view the world and people of various cultures with compassion, diplomacy and political economy.

A degree in international relations offers many multidisciplinary fields of study. (Credit: IRonline.american.edu)

A degree in international relations offers many multidisciplinary fields of study. (Credit: IRonline.american.edu)

For good research paper topics in international relations, consult academic journals and databases. Here are some ideas for international relations term papers. Read more

Language and linguistics offer good research paper topics

There are many benefits to studying Linguistics during one's college career. (Credit: Benjamin Stewart)

There are many benefits to studying Linguistics during one’s college career. (Credit: Benjamin Stewart)

What is linguistics? It’s the study of language and how it’s put together. If you’re looking for good research paper topics for your linguistics, English or foreign languages classes, you can check out Questia.com to find a scholarly article on linguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics or the people who have made contributions to the field.

Linguistics studies grammar, sentence structure, syntax, vocabulary, semantics, lexicon and phonology or the way words sound. There are many branches and fields of study in linguistics, including dialectology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics and applied linguistics. Read more

Celebrating International Day of Peace with free reading from Questia

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace (Photo credit: Yndra)

The International Day of Peace, a.k.a. “Peace Day” provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.

In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly, by unanimous vote, adopted Resolution 36/67 establishing the International Day of Peace (IDP) which stated in part, “…to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways.” The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982 on the opening day of the General Assembly. Read more

Honoring Confucius Day with free reading from Questia

Kong Fuzi (Latin: Confucius)

Kong Fuzi (Latin: Confucius)

Confucius (551–479 B.C.E.) was one of several intellectuals who started questioning the meaning of life and the role of the gods and the spirits, according to the Macmillan Encyclopedia. During the Warring States Period, Confucius developed a system of ethics and politics that stressed five virtues: charity, justice, propriety, wisdom, and loyalty. His teachings were recorded by his followers in a book called Analects, and formed the code of ethics called Confucianism that have been the cornerstone of Chinese thought for many centuries.

Confucius Day is celebrated every year on September 29th. At Questia, we’re celebrating Confucius Day by learning more about the philosopher and sharing relevant Questia content for free for a whole month. Enjoy! Read more

Peruvian Independence Day: Google doodles, Bing homepage feature ancient boats to celebrate

¡Feliz Fiestas Patrias Peruanas! Happy celebration of Peru’s national holidays. Every July 28th, the South American nation commemorates Peruvian Independence Day, when José de San Martin liberated Peru from Spain. On the following day, July 29th, Peru honors its National Police and the Peruvian Armed Forces. On July 28, 2013, two major Internet search engines also made note of Peru’s holiday: Google honored the nation with one of its Google doodles, and the Bing homepage highlighted the ancient boats of Peru, called Totora reed fishing boats (or caballitos de totora, which literally translates to “little reed horses”). Read more

Celebrating Kwita Izina: The Baby Mountain Gorilla Naming Ceremony of Rwanda

Baby mountain gorilla

Baby mountain gorilla, image credit Rwanda Tourism

In the 1990s, Rwanda was primarily associated with the catastrophic upheaval of its war and genocide. But for the past ten years, Rwanda has been making the news for other reasons: the conservation efforts to save the region’s mountain gorillas. In 2003, the government made official a celebration that Banyarwandas — Rwandanas — had been celebrating for decades: a naming ceremony for baby gorillas. Called Kwita Izina, which translates to “to give a name” and is a centuries-old tradition for naming human babies, the celebration highlights the nation’s efforts to save a highly endangered species and promotes Rwanda as a tourist destination. Read more

Cinco de Mayo history, food and celebrations: Find out more about this popular Mexican holiday

Performers at the US White House celebration o...

Performers at the US White House celebration of Cinco de Mayo May 4, 2007 

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that has come to be synonymous in America with margaritas, Mexican food and an all around good time. But how much do you actually know about Cinco de Mayo history? For instance, what does Cinco de Mayo commemorate? If you’re not certain, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of these fun facts about this spring date, discover popular Cinco de Mayo celebrations and learn how to make some authentic Mexican fare. ¡salud!

Five facts about Cinco de Mayo

True, Cinco de Mayo is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t brush up on your trivia and knowledge for next year. Here are 5 fun facts about this May holiday:

  1. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of El Día de la Batalla de Puebla or The Day of the Battle of Puebla — it does not commemorate Mexico’s Independence (this is on September 16). Read more

Studying Mexican history: From the ancient Maya to revolution and modern day independence

Mexican HistoryMexican history spans more than two millennia and with it, a rich exploration into the mixing of different native Indian cultures, including those of the Olmecs, Toltecs, Aztecs, along with the native Spanish, who invaded Mexico in 1519 and later conquered the Aztec empire by 1521. In reviewing Mexican history, many of the native Indian cultures practiced human sacrifice to appease their Gods while at the same time having made major achievements in the areas of mathematics, astronomy, architecture, and art. The Maya, for example, were able to predict the solar and lunar eclipses and produced one of the most accurate calendars up until the 20th century.  Read more

Reap the benefits of learning a foreign language, plus second language research guide

Are you doing research on foreign languages? Perhaps you realize that career advancement is one of the many benefits of learning a foreign language. You may be a foreign language teacher who wants to find new material for use in your classroom. Whatever your needs, you can find tools, resources and materials online. Finding good second language research is just a matter of knowing where to look. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Read more