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Exploratory Program

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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.

Your Exploratory Program advisor will help you select a temporary Meta Major in one of these areas:

  • Arts, Humanities, Communication
  • Business
  • Education
  • Recreation, Exercise Science
  • Science, Math, Engineering
  • Social Sciences

After taking your Meta Major courses and meeting your general education requirements or earning 30 credits, you should now feel confident to declare a major. The program gives you the essential time you need to decide what you really want to do.

How to stay on track

  1. Meet with your Exploratory Program Advisor.
  2. Enroll in 15 credits/semester, and complete 30 credits/year.
  3. Choose a Meta Major with your advisor. This isn’t an official declaration but rather a pathway that provides direction toward a variety of major options.
  4. Finish essential skills courses in English and math.
  5. Take nine credits of major exploratory classes per year in your Meta Major.
  6. Plan to declare a major after completing your General Education Courses or after you complete 30 credits.

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