Choosing or changing a major is an important process that deserves time and exploration. The ASC’s Academic Exploration Program provides support to students who are unsure about what major to choose or those who are considering changing majors. The academic exploration advising staff is dedicated to helping students find the area of study that best suits each individual.
Individualized Exploratory Advising. The academic exploration advisor helps students discover their academic interests and identify their strengths as they consider their degree options at UT. Through one-on-one exploration consultation, follow-up meetings, students work toward declaring a “best fit” major while still ensuring a timely graduation.
Exploration-Themed Academic Skills Course. In addition to developing motivation, time management and study skills, ASC’s exploration-themed academic skills course includes information and resources to help students learn about the majors UT has to offer. Through a combination of reflective exercises and in-person meetings, students will develop an action plan to help them discover and declare a major that best matches their interests, passions and academic skills.
Blackboard Exploration Site. All students who do not have a declared major will be automatically enrolled in a Blackboard exploration site. This site will provide undeclared students with a variety of tools and resources to further assist them toward declaring a major.
Exploration Coaching. Students can elect to participate in the Coaching for Student Success program, where they will meet weekly with an academic coach specifically trained to support them in their exploration journey.
Majors Fair. ASC hosts an annual resource fair for students to broaden their knowledge of the major and minor degree programs offered at UT. Students are able to meet faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives from across UT academic departments.
Exploration Workshops and Events. In addition to the Majors Fair, ASC hosts various workshops and events throughout the year that focus on identifying interests and strengths, making decisions, and highlighting different majors and careers. These workshops and events are in collaboration with the Office of Career Services and emphasize both major and career exploration.
Major Mentors. Exploratory students have the opportunity to connect with juniors and seniors who are passionate about their majors in a relaxed and friendly environment. Students can receive a firsthand look at what it is like to be a student in a particular major by meeting a mentor to ask and answer questions or attend an upper-division class together.
WHERE TO START?
- Spend some time reflecting on the things you enjoy learning about and the unique skill set you have
- Make a list of the majors you’re considering and the reasons why you think they would be a good fit
- Talk to faculty, upperclassmen and other professionals you respect in the areas of your interest
- Schedule an appointment to meet with ACE’s Academic Exploration advisor by clicking here.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Be open to new ideas. College is a time to identify and explore your passions. Get the most out of your Baccalaureate Experience core by taking courses you find intriguing. They might lead you down a path you’ve never considered before.
Don’t underestimate the role your interests play in your academic success. Imagine spending four years of in-depth study in a subject you aren’t interested in. You’re more likely to achieve your academic goals when you’re excited and engaged.
Evaluate your abilities. You have a set of strengths and weaknesses that are uniquely you. You wouldn’t pursue a career on Broadway if you couldn’t sing. Think about how your skills fit with the different majors at UT.
Don’t assume that one major leads down one career path. There are multiple paths to most careers, and a single major can lead to multiple careers.
Create your own path. Remember that this is YOUR unique educational experience, and you can tailor it however you want. Many UT students double major or minor in a secondary area of interest.