Exploratory programs

Find a major where your passion meets the world's needs.

Academic advising for undecided students

Students choosing exploratory tracks must officially declare a major or officially commit to a professional program by 30 credit hours.

You have begun an exciting process of learning about yourself and discovering your major or selecting your academic program. We have put together resources to help you in exploring. 

You will not be alone in your search. You will have an academic advisor to assist and encourage you as you work through these resources. Our expectation is that you work through the resources under "Explore values, interests and skills" first and share the results of your online exploratory assessments with your advisor, who will help you make sense of everything you are learning about yourself and your options.

Once you have completed your self-exploration, your advisor will discuss your options and refer you to appropriate online resources, departments and campus resources for further exploration. 

How to make a good decision on your major program

  1. Explore values, interests, and skills — Identify your values, interests, and skills and become familiar with your options.
  2. Explore majors and "sample" options — Expanding and narrowing your list of options. Sample course options that incorporate your values, interests and skills.
  3. Explore careers — Understanding career options. Visit the Career Services Office, find careers that fit your interests, and make a list.
  4. Select — Choosing a major/academic program. Pick 3-5 options and evaluate them, rank them, and make your decision. Include a "back-up" choice.
  5. Declare — Implementing your program choice. Declare your major or make a commitment to complete the requirements for your chosen professional program.
  6. Reflect — Knowing you made a good choice. Verify your choice by looking at your initial goals and your thoughts and feelings about your choice.

Tools for Exploratory Success

The exploratory advisors utilize a variety of online and self-developed assessment tools to help students through the exploration process.  In the chart below, you will find links to the tools most commonly used.  Looking for more?  Schedule an appointment with your assigned exploratory advisor.

Tool Description
O'Net Interest Profiler Helps you find your 3-letter Holland code to identify your interests and how those interests relate to a major and the World of Work.
Jung Typology Test Based on the work of Carl Jung and Isbel Briggs-Meyers, this test provides a typological approach to personality.  Completion will provide you a description of your personality type which you can use to explore majors and careers.
Skills Inventory A simple exercise to help you identify your strengths and areas you would like to, or need to, improve.
Career Values Test A quick and easy way to clarify what you want in a career.
World of Work  Map An interactive activity that graphically highlights how occupations relate to each other based on work tasks.

Academic advising for transitional students

For a variety of transitional student populations, the need for professional academic advising support is critical. We are ready to assist students wishing to declare a major, change their original major, or who are re-deciding on a major choice.

For information and questions contact Pynthia Caffee at ae5396@wayne.edu or Helen Wilson at helen.h.wilson@ wayne.edu.