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How Does Exploratory Work?

  • Students are assigned an exploratory advisor who will guide them through the journey of finding a best-fit major. CES advisors will get to know their students on a personal level in order to tailor services and tools to meet each student's academic needs. 

Discovering UC Course

  • Discovering UC (MLTI-1075) is a 3 credit hour course designed to help first-year exploratory students choose their best-fit major. In this class, students are given the opportunity to explore all majors, programs, and services offered at UC with step by step guidance from exploratory advisors who serve as the instructors of this course. MLTI-1075 is available in both the fall and spring semesters (with a service learning component offered during the spring semester). 

Major Mentors

  • Exploratory students may meet with a UC student (a Major Mentor) in a declared major to find out more about that particular major. In this process exploratory students will get a declared student's perspective regarding what the major is, what it entails, and how they like it, etc. Click here to inquire about receiving a Major Mentor. 
  • Any baccalaureate student with at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA may serve as a Major Mentor in their respective major.  Click here to apply to be a Major Mentor (application accepted throughout the year).

Exploratory Ambassadors

  • Exploratory Ambassadors assist CES advisors with recruitment and orientation activities throughout the academic year and  also serve as Major Mentors (see description above) to current CES students.  Exploratory Ambassadors are recruited during the spring and summer semesters to serve in this capacity in the upcoming academic year (September through August). 
  • Exploratory Ambassadors must have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA and preferrably have some experience with the Exploratory Studies program during their academic career.  Please click here to complete the application.  Application deadline for fall 2015 is August 3, 2015.

Learning Communities

  • Learning communities allow exploratory students with shared academic interests to take university courses together as a cohesive group.  Research shows that participation in learning communities promotes academic success and fosters relationship building with university faculty members and classmates.  See our 2014-2015 Learning Communities offerings.

How to Declare a Major

  • Declaring a major is an exciting time!  Students declaring their major in the College of Arts and Sciences may do so on the Arts and Sciences website (see link below).  Students declaring a major outside the College of Arts and Sciences will need to fill out a “Change of College” form (see link below) and submit the form to the new college.  Make sure to check in with your exploratory advisor when officially declaring a major since some application processes require additional steps. 

Frequently Asked Questions