Exploratory Program/Undeclared Majors

Figure out what major is right for you. FOCUS 2 provides assessments including Work Interests, Personality, Values, Skills, Interests and Career Planning Readiness to help you select the best path for you.

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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. 

 

Browse Meta Majors

  • Arts, Humanities and Communication


    Math Requirements: Math 105 or Math 113

     

    Western students work in Quigly's paint studio with watercolor

    Art

    Art
    Major
    Minor
    K-12 Licensure
    Accelerated Master's Degree
    ART, Art Program, Degree in Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Design, two dimensional , three dimensional, Study Art, Art Degree
    Western English student reading a book in the Leslie J. Savage Library

    English

    Communication
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    ENG, English, Theatre, Open Mic, WordHorde, English Major, How to Write Good
    Western Film Studies students filming video in a campus studio in Taylor Hall

    Film Studies

    Communication
    Minor
    Emphasis
    Film Studies, Film Production Technology
    Students develop typography in graphic design studio in Quigley Hall

    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
    Minor
    PHIL, Philosophy, Western's Philosophy, Philosophy Minor
    A student presents at Western's Conference on Hispanic and Latin American Studies

    Spanish

    Communication
    Major
    Minor
    K-12 Licensure
    SPAN, Spanish Program, Spanish, Western, Western Colorado University
    Western Theatre students perform on stage in a play

    Theatre & Performance Studies

    Communication
    Minor
    Emphasis
    Theatre and Performance Studies, Acting, Stage Managing
  • Business


    Math Requirements: Math 140+

     

    A calculator, pen and figures on a desk

    Accounting

    Business
    Major
    Minor
    ACC, Finance, accounting, accounting program, bachelor of arts in accounting, study accounting, accountant, auditing, scholarships, accounting degree, CPA
    Image of U.S. currency and economics figures

    Economics

    Business
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    ECON, Economics, Econ, Business, Econ Major, Economics Major
    An image of business section of newspaper with calculator

    Finance

    Business
    Emphasis
    finance, finance degree, colorado business school, financial analysis, study finance, business degree, college degree, university degree, business school
    Western student developing 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
    An image of a laptop and marketing sketches

    Marketing

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


    Math Requirements: Math 113 and Math 140

     

    A Western Education student teaches an elementary school student

    Education

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

    Elementary Education

    Education
    Major
    HWTR, Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts, Teaching, Gradeschool
  • Recreation and Exercise Science


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

     

    Western Exercise & Sports Science students run in Mountaineer Field House

    Exercise & Sport Science

    Exercise Science
    Major
    Minor
    K-12 Licensure
    Accelerated Master's Degree
    ESS, ESS/ROE, Exercise, Sport, Exercise & Sport Science, Sport Science, Fitness Management, Sport Management
    Western REC Students dig a snow pit to assess the snowpack

    Recreation & Outdoor Education

    Exercise Science
    Major
    Minor
    Accelerated Master's Degree
    outdoor leadership schools, adventure colleges, recreation and outdoor education, colorado environmental education, outdoor leadership, roe, roe, roe
  • Science, Technology and Math


    Math Requirements: Math 140+

     

    A Western Biology student makes an observation through a lab microscope

    Biology

    Natural
    Major
    Minor
    Accelerated Master's Degree
    BIOL, Biology, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, BA, BS, study biology, zoology, science, pre-med, pre-medicine, environmental biology,
    Western Chemistry working with instruments in lab

    Chemistry

    Natural
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    CHEM, Chemistry, Science, Western Chemistry, Chemistry Major, Chem, Chem Major
    A graphic with data overlapping human brain

    Computer Science

    Computer Science
    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
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    GEOL, Geology, Geoarchaeology, Geology Major, Petrolium Geology, Rocks
    An Information Security student investigates a breach

    Information Security

    Computer Science
    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
    Major
    Minor
    Secondary Licensure
    Math, Mathematics, Physics, Linear Algerbra, CIS, Western, Western Colorado University
    Western Physics class plays with electro magnets

    Physics

    Natural
    Minor
    PHYS, Physics, Math Program, Physics Minor
    Western Pre-Med Student looks into a microscope during class

    Pre-Medicine

    Natural
    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
    Emphasis
    Pre-med, pre-allied health, pre-vet, veterinary studies, biology, bachelor of science, colorado science school
    Software engineering students celebrate while working on a group project

    Software Engineering

    Computer Science
    Engineering
    Emphasis
    software engineering, Western, Western Colorado University
  • Social Sciences