Exploratory Program Mission Statement
The Exploratory Program exists to provide a seamless transition for all undeclared students at Western Colorado University from college entry to the time of declaring a major. Through investigation of individual abilities, interests and values, students will clarify their own educational, career and life goals.
Why be undeclared?
It’s far better to take the time and shop smart than to major hop, and the opportunity to explore many and varied topics separates a school like Western from a technical school. The Exploratory Program will make sure you stay on track to graduate and that you set off with the best combination of courses. Enjoy the time exploring your interests and look forward to landing in a field of study that’s exciting and motivating.
How to stay on track
- Meet with your Exploratory Program Advisor.
- Enroll in 15 credits/semester, complete 30 credits/year.
- Choose a Meta Major with your advisor (browse below). This isn’t an official declaration but rather a pathway that provides direction toward a variety of major options.
- Finish essential skills courses in English and math.
- Take nine credits of major exploratory classes per year in your Meta Major.
- Plan to declare a major after completing your General Education Courses or after you complete 30 credits.
Steps to Appreciative Advising
Make a positive first impression with the student, build rapport, and create a safe and welcoming space.
Ask positive, open-ended questions that help advisers learn about students’ strengths, skills and abilities.
Inquire about students’ hopes and dreams for their futures.
Co-create a plan for making their dreams a reality.
The student delivers on the plan created during the Design phase and the adviser is available to encourage and support students.
Advisers and students alike need to set their own internal bars of expectations high.