|Fifty percent of undergraduate students change majors — with many doing so two and three times during their college years, according to Dr. Fritz Grupe, founder of mymajors.com. |
As an exploratory studies major at Springfield College, you’ll give yourself time to explore all of your career options. Springfield College offers undergraduate degrees in more than 40 academic programs; as an exploratory studies student, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate which major is right for you. Some students choose a major during their first year, but you can remain an exploratory studies student until the end of your sophomore year, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the many areas of study that are available at the College.
|There are many services and programs available to exploratory studies students to help you make the important decision of what field(s) to pursue. |
At Springfield College, you will be assigned an academic advisor who is specially trained to work with students in the exploratory studies major. Your advisor, along with career counselors and faculty members, will help you through a process of exploration and decision-making that will help you make an informed decision about the academic program that is right for you. Your advisor will be well-versed in curricular requirements for every program at Springfield College, and will also suggest general education courses that fulfill requirements in a number of majors. You will be encouraged to explore courses that tap into your interests and will have the option to take courses required for majors you are particularly considering.
|In order to determine the field that best suits your skills and interests, it’s important to know yourself and to realize what your strengths and passions are. |
Springfield College’s First-Year Seminar is the first step in finding the major that’s a right fit for you. The Seminar, a required course for exploratory studies majors, will help you to learn how to begin exploring majors and careers. In addition, First-Year Seminar will provide useful skills that will aid you throughout your college career, from time and stress management to active learning and study strategies.
|Many careers that require a bachelor’s degree do not require a degree in a specific area. In fact, many people have successful and satisfying careers that are unrelated to their undergraduate major. Your major does not necessarily dictate or limit your career choices. |
The exploratory studies program at Springfield College gives you the freedom to explore majors based on your own interests, skills, and passion. General education and major exploratory courses you take will provide you with transferable skills, such as computer literacy and communication tools, that will be useful in a wide variety of career paths. These skills will benefit you no matter what field you decide to study, or career path you choose.
|You may already have an interest in a specific academic program, but it can still be challenging to decide if it’s right for you. That’s why we provide you with focused advising support. |
As a Springfield College exploratory studies major, you’ll have the opportunity to choose one of six “tracks” that best fits your interests or situation.
These tracks are: