Philosophy is one of the most ancient arts and sciences that has -- historically -- centered around it's literal name: ‘philos' (love of), ‘sophia' (wisdom). In the ancient world, this love of wisdom was not separated into competing arts and sciences. Philosophy included natural sciences, ethics, religious discussion, the arts, and more. In the modern . . .
There are over 6,500 languages spoken in the world today. And while 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers each, each gives us clues to our collective past, access to customs and knowledge of the presence, and a unique lens through which to view the world. Even dealing with just the most popular . . .
"The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock, has triumphed most in the contrary direction - in simplicity, in unity, in clarity, and in restraint." — Lytton Strachey Charm is subjective, right? Perhaps it's unfair to claim that one language sounds more beautiful than others, but it's difficult to argue against . . .
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them - James Baldwin History in academics is the study of primary and secondary sources about past events. In a world that prizes instant gratification and comfort, historians work to understand the patterns that led us to our current society, power structures, and predicaments. Through . . .
The academic study of English has long been a stand-in for the “useless” degree. It doesn’t teach you to prepare schematics for the building of buildings, or to configure a server, or to track levels of chemicals in a field of corn. What is does teach you, through the lens of reading, dissecting, and discussing . . .
The craft of writing is at the heart of a huge range of industries and passions. To name a few: Your favorite stories growing up Your favorite shows and movies Educational and technical materials Marketing copy Speechwriting And while many degrees are meant to help you become a better writer, none spend quite as much . . .
What image does the word "archaeologist" bring to mind? An aged professor proving over dusty volumes of technical notes? Or Indiana Jones, sweeping through an ancient temple to uncover a lost relic? The truth is, real-life archaeologists are a little of both: intrepid adventurers and technical researchers. They work with shovels and picks, as well . . .
Anthropologists like to ask big questions. "Why did this civilization collapse?" "How do language barriers affect the flow of information?" or even "What makes us human?" Anthropologists have inquiring minds, big-picture thinking, attention to detail, and solid research skills. Through patient research and deep analysis, anthropologists develop insights into topics like how past cultures functioned, . . .
What is America? It's a nation like so many others, sure, but it's one with such a complicated and unique history, culture, and personality that you could truly spend a lifetime trying to define and understand it. As a matter of fact, some people do! American Studies is an entire academic discipline devoted to deeply . . .