Exploratory Studies

FAQ

Read through these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about Exploratory Studies. If you do not see your question here, feel free to contact one of our Exploratory Advisors. Click on Contact Us to call or email.

Is Exploratory Studies a major? ~ View Section Statements

Yes. Exploratory Studies is housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Although you cannot graduate with a degree in Exploratory Studies, it can be declared until you choose another major.

If I am Exploratory, can I still graduate in four years? ~ View Section Statements

Yes. Butler has a Core Curriculum in which all students participate regardless of major. Exploratory Studies advisors will help you explore your options while still satisfying the Core Curriculum so you can explore and complete graduation requirements at the same time. Many majors do not get into concentrated degree requirements until second or even third year anyway.

When must I declare a major? ~ View Section Statements

Butler does not have a set deadline for students to declare a major. Most Exploratory students choose within their first two years. If the process begins to take longer, advisors can help you become more proactive in the search to ensure that you are doing all you can to graduate on time. Once you have declared, you will be assigned an advisor in your new area of study.

I already have some idea of what I want to major in; is this program still for me? ~ View Section Statements

Yes. Our services are available to any student enrolled at Butler University. If you are trying to decide between two or three majors, you would benefit from the same process as a student who has not yet identified any specific options. If you are Pre-Health or Pre-Law but are trying to choose the best major for that route, you can also benefit from Exploratory Studies. If you are considering adding a second major or a minor, you may also meet with our advisors. Exploratory Studies exists to aid any student interested in exploring his or her academic options.

I already know what career I want, I just need to figure out the best degree for that job? Is Exploratory Studies right for me? ~ View Section Statements

Yes! Most careers do not require one specific major; there are usually many paths to the same destination. Exploratory advisors will help you connect your interests and skills to a major that is a good fit for you while also helping you to understand how to connect your education to your career needs.

What kinds of students choose Exploratory Studies? ~ View Section Statements

Exploratory majors come from all different backgrounds and abilities. Exploratory majors are not students who don't have interests; instead, they are usually very high achieving students with a wide variety of interests and abilities. Often times, it is not a matter of finding something that they are interested in, it is actually a matter of narrowing down a wide variety of options! Exploratory majors can be found n the Honors Program, on the Dean's List, in student government, student athletics, Pre-Health and Pre-Law, Greek Life - you name it. Wherever you find Butler students, you are likely to find Exploratory majors!

Will I be "abnormal" if I do not have a major? ~ View Section Statements

Definitely not! At Butler, it is not just "Okay" to be Exploratory. It is something that is fully embraced by the Butler community. We want you to explore, try new things, and be exposed to new ideas. Exploratory Studies may have between 150-180 students at any one time. In fact, we are one of the biggest departments on campus.

Do I have a better chance of getting into Butler if I declare a major? ~ View Section Statements

Not at all. Your status as an Exploratory Major has no effect on your admission. Butler does not have quotas for the different departments, so the choice of major does not alter your chances of being accepted.

Will I have a better chance of getting a scholarship/financial aid if I enter Butler with a major? ~ View Section Statements

No! Exploratory Studies has its own departmental scholarships that you may compete for just like any other department. Therefore, you have the same chances of winning an award. Additionally, the FAFSA does not take into account your major when determining the amount of aid for which you are eligible.

Why not just declare a major now and change if I get to Butler and decide it is not for me? ~ View Section Statements

There are a few things to consider in this decision. First of all, there is simply no need to rush into the decision. All Butler students must take the same Core Curriculum anyway, so you can still be fulfilling graduation requirements without declaring a major. Also, if you are not sure that it is the right major for you, it can actually create more problems in the long run. When you jump into a program right away, you begin taking courses specific to that major. Then, if you change after a year or so, you may find that not all of those specific classes transfer to a new major. By declaring Exploratory, you can be sure that you will have an advisor that is specifically dedicated to working with students who are exploring a wide range of options.