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An exploratory student is a student that has not decided on what they would like to major in, but is wanting to seek a degree. All exploratory students are advised in the Academic Advising and Career Exploration (AACE) department. They work with the AACE department their Freshman and Sophomore years taking General Education requirements in order to stay on track for graduation and a major. The General Education program is a 55 hour program. When students reach their junior year (60 hours) or are finished with their General Education requirements, they are encouraged to decide on a major. During the freshman year, AACE will assess students awareness of themselves by helping them explore their interests, abilities, values and personality preferences. The sophomore year is exploration and learning about careers. What careers relate to my interests, abilities, values, and personality preferences? To learn more on how to decide on a major visit our Career Exploration Web site.
There are many steps that an exploratory student needs to take in order to stay on track to graduate with a degree. The following steps are what need to be done for an exploratory on-campus student before you visit with an advisor from our office.
AACE is here to assist you until you decide on a major.
Our Virtual College offers several undergraduate programs. You are limited to choosing from one of these distance education degree programs. A list of the programs we offer can be found on their web site.To help you decide which of the virtual degrees you would like to pursue, you can take the UNIV 100 VA Major and Career Exploration course. It is a one hour elective offered virtually in the Fall and Spring semesters.If you are still exploring your options follow these steps for exploratory virtual students: