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Academic Exploration Resources

UT offers a variety of resources for students to explore, get assistance and maximize their academic experience. You are invited to participate in all opportunities to ensure you find the right major for you.

Individualized Exploratory Advising

The exploration specialist helps students discover academic interests and identify strengths...
The exploration specialist helps students discover academic interests and identify strengths as they consider their degree options at UT. Through one-on-one personalized exploration, students work toward declaring a best fit major while still ensuring a timely graduation. These appointments provide targeted assistance for students who wish to talk with a professional staff member to overcome the questions and challenges facing students who are unsure.

Exploration-Themed Academic Skills Course

Staff within Academic Excellence Programs teach academic skills courses to prepare students...
Staff within Academic Excellence Programs teach academic skills courses (ASK 100) each semester to prepare students to be successful in all aspects of the collegiate environment. In addition to developing motivation, study skills and time management systems, the exploration-themed academic skills course, taught by the exploration specialist, includes information to help students explore UT’s major options. Through a combination of reflective exercises and in-person meetings, students in this course obtain information used to develop an action plan to help them discover and declare a major that best matches their interests, passions and academic skills.

Exploration Workshops and Events

Academic Excellence Programs hosts various workshops and events throughout the year...
Academic Excellence Programs hosts various workshops and events throughout the year that focus on identifying interests and strengths, exploring possible majors, making decisions and highlighting how majors connect to career options. All students are invited to attend workshops and events that cover topics related to questions they may have. These events are often in collaboration with Career Services to emphasize both major and career exploration, assisting students in understanding their holistic opportunities at UT that connect to life beyond graduation.

Majors Fair

This specialized annual resource fair allows students to broaden their knowledge of...
This specialized annual resource fair allows students to broaden their knowledge of the major and minor degree programs at UT. Students are able to meet faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives from across UT’s academic departments to engage in conversations about options for majors and requirements for each specific academic offering. This event is a collaboration between Academic Excellence and Career Services to unite major and career exploration. The Majors Fair will be March 22 from 3–5 p.m. in Plant Hall's Grand Salon.

Blackboard Exploration Organization

All undecided (NTI) students are automatically enrolled in an Academic Exploration Program...
All undecided (NTI) students are automatically enrolled in an Academic Exploration Program organization on Blackboard. This provides a variety of tools and resources to further assist students in declaring a major. Students who are interested in this organization can add it in their own Blackboard to have access to the resources at any time.

Exploration Coaching

Academic Excellence Programs offers Academic Coaching where students provide...
Academic Excellence Programs offers Academic Coaching where students provide a peer-to-peer connection to assist in exploring majors, succeeding within classes and progressing within their own academic plan. Exploratory students can elect to participate in this program where they will meet with an academic coach specifically trained to support them in their exploration.

Exploration Guides

Understanding students like to hear from other students...
Understanding students like to hear from other students, exploratory students have the opportunity to connect with juniors and seniors who are passionate about their majors in a relaxed and friendly environment. Students get a firsthand look at what it is like to be a student in a particular major and learn how their guide has made the most of their major at UT.