College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts Matters

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest, 2013-2014

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites you to participate in our annual liberal education essay contest during the academic year 2013-2014. The contest is open to all Butler University undergraduate students, and the student who writes the winning essay will win a $1000 prize. Past essay contest winners are not permitted to enter the contest.  The winning essay will be posted on the Liberal Arts and Sciences website and its author will be honored at Awards Day on April 5, 2014.

The submitted essays will be judged by a committee of Butler University faculty drawn from various disciplines, and members of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors. 

The prompt for this year's essay is:

Somewhere Between Right and Wrong

The distinction between what is right to do and what is callous or offensive marks many of our decisions and can shape our lives and the lives of those affected by our actions and attitudes for better or worse. Moral choices are pervasive; we encounter them in the occupations on which we may embark, the research we may perform, and the lives that we lead. There is no universal agreement on the principles that should guide our moral choices (e.g. many tend to equate what is right with personal advantage or with some religious or political ideology). Articulate and analyze the ways by which your Butler Experience (Core and Major Classes, Community and Cultural Requirements, Study Abroad, Service Activities, and so on) has helped you to gain personal insight into the distinction(s) between what is right and what is wrong.

Contest Requirements:

Limit yourself to 1000 words and submit your essay as an attachment by January 31, 2014 to  The format of your paper should conform to the following standards:

  • Single spaced
  • One inch margins
  • Twelve point font
  • Conventional book-print fonts, such as Times, New Times Roman, Lucinda Bright, etc. No novelty fonts.
  • Title your attachment Lastname_FirstNameLAScontest.doc.
  • Make sure that your e-mail includes contact information (name, address, phone number, email address). Do not include your name or contact information within the file, as these essays will be blind-reviewed.

Your submission will almost certainly be richer if you avail yourself of the resources and commentaries posted at the Liberal Arts Matters web site. You are not expected necessarily to agree with these commentaries or to quote from them, but reading them will certainly help deepen and vary your thinking about the topic. Please note that by submitting an entry, you are giving us permission to post your essay on the Liberal Arts and Sciences web site.