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5 Books to Read if you want to Study in Liberal Arts Colleges in India

January 25, 2023

The liberal arts have been the foundation of college education for centuries. Pursuing liberal studies courses such as B.Sc. (Hons.) Psychology and BA (Hons.) Journalism will help you study a wide range of subjects. You will be able to explore social sciences, languages, environmental sciences, health professions, and writing. Studying liberal arts will help you to get exposed to the ideas and cultures of people from across the world, from ancient times to modern days. It gives you the perfect opportunity to combine your interests and talents into your education. For an education that is so vast, reading different books is critical to expand your knowledge base. If you want to study in liberal arts colleges in India, here are 5 books you must read:

  1. The Fuzzy and the Techie by Scott Hartley: Whether you want to work in the corporate world or public sector, this book is worth reading.  The extraordinary technological advancement often makes you believe that acquiring technical skills are the most critical skills to acquire. However, this book makes a very strong case for studying history, anthropology, philosophy, literature, political science and similar liberal arts subjects. The author gives examples of successful entrepreneurs and innovators and how their liberal arts education has helped to see the big picture and innovate.
  2. The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by Will Buckingham: If you are looking for a book that explains the work of ancient and modern philosophers in simple and succinct language, this is an ideal book. The book introduces you to ancient philosophers such as Plato and Confucius as well as modern thinkers such as Noam Chomsky and Jacques Derrida. It has short biographies of these philosophers and their profound thoughts. Through this book, you will get to explore topics such as how science can predict the future and how language shapes thoughts and decisions. The best part of this book is there are many interesting graphics to go along with text that makes it all the more engaging.
  3. How to Think like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education by Scott Newstok: Written in a conversational way, this book is a guide that dwells on the art of reflecting and pondering over simple and complex things of life. It draws examples from Shakespeare’s world and works to point out how creativity and critical thinking can be nurtured.
  4. Aristotle for Everybody by Mortimer J. Adler: This book is the perfect introduction to philosophical thinking and Aristotle’s work.  The author presents Aristotle in simple language and links it to everyday life. By encouraging readers to think philosophically, the author offers a unique insight on leading a happy and purposeful life.
  5. The Well-Educated Mind Susan Wise Bauer: This book is perfect for those who wish to read classics but somehow could never start them or did not enjoy them. This book offers a guide and a plan to read classics. As a student of liberal arts, you were expected to read copious amounts of books and essays. You will find this book helpful in improving your reading style and skills.

Looking for liberal arts colleges in India?

As one of the reputed liberal arts colleges in India, the courses we offer include B.Sc. (Hons.) Psychology, BA (Hons.) Journalism, BA (Hons.) English Literature, and B.A. (Hons.) Political Science & Public Affairs. Our liberal arts courses are designed in such a way that you get plenty of opportunities to develop critical and creative skills that are necessary to succeed in different industries. Besides core liberal arts subjects, you will be exposed to the latest technologies and software in advanced studios on the campus so that you possess the requisite technical skills to be industry-ready.  You will also receive practical training through internships, interface with industry experts and skills certification courses.

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