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The Explorations

12 credits in four areas:

  • Heritage
  • Individual and Society
  • Aesthetic Appreciation
  • Values

Courses are marked in the Undergraduate Catalog and Term Master Schedule as H, I, A, or V when fulfilling requirements for The Explorations. 

  • Cabrini offers a variety of courses that fulfill requirements for The Explorations.
  • Students should discuss their selection of Explorations courses with their advisors.

Explorations courses provide students a broad exposure to various disciplinary experiences, help students achieve the qualities of a liberally educated person, and complement the work of the ECG courses.

In particular, The Explorations teach students to understand themselves as products of and participants in creative traditions, institutions, the historical process, and value-driven decision making.

Heritage (3 credits)

As a result of this course, students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the historical interrelationship between ideas, events and people 
    (Analytic Reasoning and Critical Thinking)
  • acquire the civic knowledge and understanding of cultural pluralism necessary for engaged citizenship in the twenty-first century  
    (Analytic Reasoning and Critical Thinking)
  • explore the traditions of diverse cultural and social groups, as well as the dynamics of cultural identity, in order to gain a sense of self and others
    (Sense of Self/Knowledge of Cultural Diversity and American Pluralism)
  • enhance their ability to communicate through the written word by synthesizing ideas and developing supported positions in relation to how cultural heritage shaped human action
    (Written Communication)

The Individual and Society (3 credits) 

As a result of this course, students will:

  • collect data, analyzing and interpreting the variables that affect the relationship between the self and society
    (Analytic Reasoning and Critical Thinking)
  • understand the influences of structures of power (e.g., family, school, religion, government, gender, race, and/or class) on attitudes, behavior, values and identity
    (Sense of Self/Responsibility for Social Justice-Knowledge)
  • demonstrate the ability to access and critique information relevant to understanding the dynamic relationship of the individual and the socio-cultural environment
  • enhance their ability to communicate orally about the relationship between individual and society and to understand their audience by effectively employing appropriate presentation skills
    (Oral Presentation Skills)

Aesthetic Appreciation (3 credits) 

As a result of this course, students will:

  • make and support critical judgments about artistic works
    (Analytic Reasoning and Critical Thinking/Curiosity)
  • demonstrate an understanding of the arts and of their aesthetic principles
    (Creative Thinking)
  • demonstrate an understanding of creativity as an expression of one’s view of the world
    (Creative Thinking/Sense of Self)
  • enhance their ability to communicate about art in small group settings
    (Mediated Communication/Small Group Communication)

Values (3 credits)

As a result of this course, students will:

  • understand the important roles that values play in determining human actions
    (Analytic Reasoning and Critical Thinking)
  • understand how different values affect cooperation and conflict
    (Responsibility for Social Justice - Knowledge and Values)
  • be prepared to engage in the dynamic interplay of values with their local and global communities
  • articulate and evalulate competing value systems, including their own
    (Interpersonal Communication/Sense of Self)