Exploratory Program/Undeclared Majors

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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.

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

1. Meet with your Exploratory Program Advisor.

2. Enroll in 15 credits/semester, complete 30 credits/year.

3. 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.

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. 

Steps to Appreciative Advising

Name It!

Disarm

Make a positive first impression with the student, build rapport, and create a safe and welcoming space.

Discover

Ask positive, open-ended questions that help advisers learn about students' strengths, skills and abilities. 

  • What kinds of activities have you been naturally drawn to?
  • Tell me about one of your successes in high school. 
  • What kinds of things come easily to you?
  • What fascinates you?
  • What does a good day look like?
  • What did your teachers compliment you on most?
  • Why did you choose this major?
  • Why did you choose Western?
  • What do you do with your free time?
  • What are some specific things you have done in your life to get to college?
  • What do your friends say they like best about you?

Claim it!

Dream

Inquire about students' hopes and dreams for their futures.

Design

Co-create a plan for making their dreams a reality.

  • How do you define success?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Talk to three people who you know well and ask them how they see your strengths play out in your life.
  • What is a strength of yours that you are proud of?
  • What strengths do you think are your biggest assets?
  • What are your academic goals for the semester? Extracurricular goals? Personal goals?

Aim It!

Deliver

The student delivers on the plan created during the Design phase and the adviser is available to encourage and support students.

Don't Settle

Advisers and students alike need to set their own internal bars of expectations high.

  • What is the biggest challenge you face right now? In 90 days? In six months? How can you use your strengths to address them?
  • What strength do you want to be known for?
  • What do you do if you find yourself getting off track this semester? What issues do you foresee next semester? What strength will help you mitigate the issue?
  • What are some options that can help you achieve your goals?
  • What if your plan A doesn't work?
  • What do you need to learn in order to be successful in meeting your goals?
  • Based on your strengths, what approach would work best to find what career would be a good fit?

Browse Meta Majors

  • Arts, Humanities and Communication


    Math Requirements: Math 105 or Math 113

     

    Western students paint with watercolors

    Art

    Art
    Major
    Minor
    K-12 Licensure
    Accelerated Degree Program
    ART, Art Program, Degree in Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Design, two dimensional , three dimensional, Study Art, Art Degree
    A Western student browses books in the Leslie J. Savage Library

    English

    Communication, Language & Literature
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    english, english programs colorado, Western, Western Colorado University, classics, literature, writing
    A professor teaches how to use a video camera

    Film Studies

    Communication, Language & Literature
    Minor
    Emphasis
    film studies, film student colorado, film programs colorado, Western, Western Colorado, WCU, communication arts, production, documentary
    Photo of a Western Graphic Design student studying typography

    Graphic Design

    Art
    Emphasis
    Graphic Design, Degree in Graphic Design, Art Degree, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphics, Colorado Art School
    A pianist, drummer, guiatrists and horn players rehearse on stage in Quigley Hall

    Music

    Music
    Major
    Minor
    K-12 Licensure
    MUS, Music, Music Major, Jazz, Band, Orchestra, Choir, Music Theory
    View of a bronze replica of Rodin's The Thinker statue

    Philosophy

    Communication, Language & Literature
    Minor
    Philosophy, Western's Philosophy, Philosophy Minor, Western Colorado University, WCU
    A Western Spanish student gives a speech in Spanish

    Spanish

    Communication, Language & Literature
    Major
    Minor
    K-12 Licensure
    Spanish Program, Spanish, Western, Western Colorado University, spanish programs colorado, study spanish colorado, bachelors
    Western Theatre students perform on stage in a play

    Theatre & Performance Studies

    Communication, Language & Literature
    Minor
    Emphasis
    Theatre and Performance Studies, Acting, Stage Managing, Western, Western Colorado University, theatre programs colorado, study acting colorado, Western Theatre
  • Business


    Math Requirements: Math 140+

     

    A Western Accounting student works on a calculator

    Accounting

    Business
    Major
    Minor
    WCU, Western, accounting, accounting program, bachelor of arts in accounting, study accounting, accountant, auditing, acounting, accounting degree, CPA
    Western Economics students give a presentation

    Economics

    Business
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    Economics, Econ, Business, Econ Major, Economics Major, Western Colorado, Western, student economics colorado, econimics prorams colorado, bachelors
    A calculator and the business section of a newspaper lie on a desk

    Finance

    Business
    Emphasis
    finance, finance degree, colorado business school, financial analysis, study finance, business degree, college degree, university degree, business school
    Western students develop ideas in the ICELab

    Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE)

    Business
    Minor
    Emphasis
    Entrepreneur, Entrepreneruship, Entrepreneurship Emphasis, Business, ICE, Western, Western Colorado University
    A professor leads students through a boardroom exercise

    Management

    Business
    Emphasis
    Management, Business, Western Business Management, Western, Western Colorado University
    A student plans a marketing strategy using graphs

    Marketing

    Business
    Emphasis
    Marketing, Business, Marketing Major, Western, Western Colorado University
  • Education


    Math Requirements: Math 113 and Math 140

     

    A Western Education student teaches elementary school students

    Education

    Education
    K-12 Licensure
    Secondary Licensure
    Western, WCU, Western Colorado, Education, Teach, Teacher Education, Certification, Become a teacher, BA with teacher licensure, bachelors
    A Western student completing his senior-year teacher residency works with an elementary school student

    Elementary Education

    Education
    Major
    elementary education, how to become a teacher, k-6, Western, Western Colorado, licensure, bachelors, BA, study education colorado
  • Recreation and Exercise Science


    Math Requirements: Math 105 or Math 113 or Math 140+

     

    Photo of a student working with a patient in the HAEP lab

    Exercise & Sport Science

    Exercise Science
    Major
    Minor
    K-12 Licensure
    Accelerated Degree Program
    Western, Western Colorado, WCU, Exercise, Sport, Exercise & Sport Science, Sport Science, Fitness Management, Sport Management, study exercise science
    Western students dig a snow pit to assess the snowpack

    Recreation & Outdoor Education

    Exercise Science
    Major
    Minor
    Accelerated Degree Program
    outdoor leadership schools, adventure colleges, recreation and outdoor education, colorado environmental education, outdoor leadership, Western, WCU, ROE
  • Science, Technology and Math


    Math Requirements: Math 140+

     

    A Western student looks through a microscope

    Biology

    Natural & Environmental Sciences
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    Accelerated Degree Program
    Western, WCU, Colorado, Biology, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, BA, BS, study biology, zoology, science, pre-med, pre-medicine, environmental biology,
    A Western student works in a lab

    Chemistry

    Natural & Environmental Sciences
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    WCU, Western colorado, Chemistry, Western Chemistry, Chemistry Major, Chem, Chem Major
    A graphic with data overlapping human brain

    Computer Science

    Computer Science & Mathematics
    Major
    Minor
    Computer Science Major at Western, Western Computer Science, Mathematics, MCS, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, AI, Software Engineer, Internet of Things
    Western Geology students make notes in the field

    Geology

    Natural & Environmental Sciences
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    GEOL, Geology, Geoarchaeology, Geology Major, Petroleum Geology, Rocks
    An Information Security student investigates a breach

    Information Security

    Computer Science & Mathematics
    Emphasis
    Information Security, Cyber Security, Computer Information Security, Cyber Security, cybersecurity, securiety, scerity, secarity, Computer Science,
    A mathematics professor at Western evaluates equations on a whiteboard

    Mathematics

    Computer Science & Mathematics
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    Math, Mathematics, Physics, Linear Algerbra, CIS, Western, Western Colorado University
    Western students study electromagnets

    Physics

    Natural & Environmental Sciences
    Minor
    Physics, Physics degree colorado, Western Colorado University, Western Colorado, Western, WCU, physics minor
    Western Pre-Med Student looks into a microscope during class

    Pre-Medicine

    Natural & Environmental Sciences
    Advising Program
    Pre-Med Colorado, Pre-Med Western Colorado, Western Colorado University Pre-Med, Pre-Health Western Colorado, schools with pre-med colorado, Bio, Biology
    A nurse helps a patient in a wheelchair

    Pre-Nursing

    Natural & Environmental Sciences
    Emphasis
    Nursing, pre-allied health, pre-vet, veterinary studies, biology, bachelor of science, colorado science school, western, western colorado, WCU
    Software engineering students celebrate while working on a group project

    Software Engineering

    Engineering
    Emphasis
    software engineering, Western, Western Colorado University, computer science, software engineering programs colorado, bachelor's
  • Social Sciences