Intellectual Practices

Arcadia students develop five Intellectual Practices that provide the tools to understand, interpret and communicate in a complex, global society. Intellectual Practices are sometimes developed in stand-alone courses dedicated solely to these practices. But more often they are developed in courses throughout the University—some in your major, others outside of it—that concentrate on the given Intellectual Practice in the context of other subject matter. The five Intellectual Practices are Crossing Boundaries, Modern Languages, Quantitative Reasoning, Visual Literacy and Writing.

Crossing Boundaries

Students examine issues related to interconnectedness, interdependence, and inequity within and among nation-states of the world. Crossing Boundaries-designated courses also explore issues of social justice, social welfare, and economic rights across national and social boundaries.

Modern Languages

Students complete the introductory level of a language other than English, which may require up to two courses depending on your prior experience.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students develop the ability to ask and act on questions related to the analysis of data, the application of mathematical models, or the cultural and political roles of mathematical thinking.

Visual Literacy

Students focus on the viewing and interpretation of visual information and images from a variety of sources as well as the expression of meaning through visual means.


By emphasizing how expression enhances learning, understanding, and communication, students focus on the craft and process of written presentation through revisions based on critical commentary.


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