Perhaps better said as the "fields of knowledge". I'm wondering whether there is a single word that describes fields of learning or knowledge. The word should work in the following sentences (where I've used cognitum and cogniti as fictitious placeholders for the singular and plural forms, respectively).

  • "upon examination of the various cogniti, we can see common…"

  • "Among the cogniti of classical education, I find Mathematics to be of great interest. As a cognitum it serves as the basis for all other cogniti; the universe itself is a consequence."

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    Academic disciplines gets it down to two words. – WS2 Jan 12 '16 at 23:57
  • @200_success sure, I'll provide another example with made up words. – Aidan Gomez Jan 14 '16 at 1:13

It would be "disciplines." Otherwise, you could go with what Harvard calls them: "concentrations." Or other top tier schools: "specialties."


I think the nearest you are going to get to what you want is philosophies - one of the OED definitions of philosophy being a body of knowledge.

The following is the first of nine separate OED broad senses (each with subdivisions) in which philosophy is defined:

  1. Knowledge, learning, scholarship; a body of knowledge; spec. advanced knowledge or learning, to which the study of the seven liberal arts was regarded as preliminary in medieval universities. Now hist. exc. in degree titles, as Doctor, Master of Philosophy.

So I propose Upon examination of the various philosophies we can see common...


I feel expertise would be an appropriate term for this context

expert skill or knowledge in a particular field.

[Google Definition]

Use: "Upon examination of the various expertise, we can see common..."

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