Core features of a liberal arts education

The liberal arts field of study in college offers many choices that can lead to a successful future.

The liberal arts field of study in college offers many choices that can lead to a successful future.

Often called the most important major in struggling economic times, the liberal arts education combines various academic disciplines that prepare students to thrive in an atmosphere of complexity, diversity and change. It helps students be able to transfer intellectual and practical skills to the real world, as well as develop a sense of social responsibility. Consider choosing from a list of majors that includes communications, arts, natural science and mathematics. Here’s a spotlight on the liberal arts education.

What does liberal arts cover?

According to University of Minnesota (UMN) at Duluth, “The term ‘liberal arts’ refers to a grouping of disciplines that, in Western culture, are considered essential for adequate education and civic participation.” 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

What is philosophy of education?

School of Athens

School of Athens

What is the philosophy of education? It is the philosophical study of education and the problems surrounding it. Since the time of Socrates, philosophers and educators have discussed many issues which are trouble contemporary philosophers of education. What is the aim or purposes of education? Who should be educated? Should education depend on natural interests and abilities? What role should the state play in education? Read more

Questia honors National Native American Heritage Month with free books on Kateri Tekakwitha

Kateri Tekakwitha

Kateri Tekakwitha, 1690

November is National Native American Heritage Month, and throughout the country individuals and organizations celebrate the culture, character and history of Native Americans. To honor the historical month, we’ve gathered five informational books and articles on Kateri Tekakwitha, the newly sainted Native American and opened up these five reference works on Tekakwitha free for a month. Enjoy!

Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits

This book delves into the relationship between the Americanization at an individual level. While historians are familiar with the epidemics, conquests and introduction of a strange religion to the Native Americans as a whole, the effects on an individual level are not as clear. Read more

Free reading honoring Spiritual Literacy Month: Top five most researched religious topics

Spiritual literacyReligious views, standpoints and beliefs have been an important part of society and politics for centuries. No matter which sector the specific beliefs — or lack there of — are from, people take great pride and comfort in their religions and deities. As we get ready to honor December’s Spiritual Literacy Month, we at Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, have gathered the top five most researched books on spirituality and opened them up for free reading through the month of December! Enjoy!

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Human rights, humanitarianism and civil society: Free research for Universal Human Rights Month

Human Rights MonthFrom the fight against segregation to the pursuit for equal LGBT marriage rights, human rights has come a long way over the years not just in the United States, but throughout the world. In honor of Universal Human Rights Month, we at Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, are making the below books on human rights topics free through the month of December. Read more

Free reading on famous early astronomers: Honoring Space Exploration Month

Plato and Aristotle

Plato and Aristotle "The School of Athens"

To honor the historic events that took place in the month of July, we’re continuing our celebration of Space Exploration Month! Check out Questia’s topic page on space exploration for information on the memorable dates in space exploration history including the Apollo 11 lift off, the U.S.’s Moon Day and even the anniversary of NASA’s founding. None of those milestones could have come to pass without the the famous early astronomers from around the world. From determining that the Earth is round to discovering gravity, the theories of history’s earliest astronomers helped lay the foundation for today’s celestial sciences. In honor of Space Exploration Month, we’re granting access to reference works on five of history’s earliest astronomers for free for an entire month. Enjoy them while they’re available for this limited time! Read more

Red Letter Days

“Handwritten letters are becoming a thing of the past,”

says Wendy Lustbader, adding, “We have e-mail now…” In her Aging Today essay The Demise of Letter-writing, she acknowledges, “It is true that e-mail from dear friends can be printed out and given the heft of paper. I have done this, placing each email in a file folder labeled with the friend’s name. But I prefer my shabby boxes filled with 30 years’ worth of letters from these same friends. When I open them, envelopes of different colors and shapes, stamps of all varieties and postmarks greet me. I see my name written in familiar handwriting, addressed to past domiciles…However, when I open a file folder of accumulated e-mail, I remain unmoved by those pages of bloodless, typed uniformity.” Read more

The Effect of Your Environment, Part II

A Fine Mess

Albert Einstein is widely quoted as saying, “If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” If you’ve used his words to defend your own messy ways at school, work, or other parts of your life, you might be hard-wired for disorder. And that can be a good thing. Read more