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