At Christopher Newport, in order to receive your diploma you must first complete a course in each of your Areas of Inquiry. Here are a few of the areas that are available, and my experiences with them:
- Creative Expressions. This is by far what I believe to be one of the most valuable Areas of Inquiry. This is the chance for many people to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. Whether it’s theater, art, music or dance, there are so many opportunities to delve into a subject that excites and challenges you. I elected to take The Dramatic Impulse, a theater course, and it was my favorite class from last semester.
- Western Traditions: This Area of Inquiry offers students the chance to learn more about how American culture is rooted in tradition, and where that tradition comes from. Rather than simply reciting facts, these courses allow the student to discover unique and well-reasoned explanations for connections throughout history. Western Traditions is about applying your knowledge.
- Civic & Democratic Engagement: If you’re interested in political science, then this Area of Inquiry will definitely excite you. These courses will inform you of your rights and how to apply them. In addition, the courses delve into the topic of what it means to be an American citizen and how you can help your country.
- Global & Multicultural Perspectives: This Area of Inquiry widens your perspective outside of the United States. It specifically focuses on a worldview, which is very beneficial to understanding the context of the world we live in. With lots of American-geared courses and majors, Christopher Newport is still deliberate in making sure that its students are also well-versed in other cultures too. This provides for a great, well-rounded education!