Areas of Inquiry

Arcadia students take courses exploring four theme-based Areas of Inquiry that ensure you develop a broad, well-rounded education. Most courses at Arcadia satisfy one Area of Inquiry requirement. Some interdisciplinary First-Year Seminars and University Seminars satisfy more than one. The four Areas of Inquiry are Creative Expressions, Cultural Legacies, Natural and Physical World, and Self and Society.

Creative Expressions

Students participate in the creative process through the expression and application of their original ideas and imagination. These project-based courses—typically in the fields of fine arts, performing arts, and creative writing—explore and develop ideas by means of production, review, revision and presentation.

Cultural Legacies

Students study human experience and expression through the exploration of the history and interpretation of past cultures and cultural texts. By examining aspects of past cultures such as their politics, religions, ethical systems, and literary and artistic production, students engage in asking and answering questions about understanding the past.

Natural and Physical World

Students learn about and participate in answering questions about the natural and physical world. This includes applying observation and experimentation based on physical events that are predictable and quantifiable. These courses explore both the process and outcome of scientific inquiries.

Self and Society

Students explore the multiple forces that create, shape and sustain the development of self-identity, and they examine how individuals and groups live together, form societies, and distribute resources and power. Students focus on understanding the mechanisms and processes that shape who we are and what we can become and analyze how and why societies and social institutions function, evolve, and include and exclude.


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