Exploratory Studies

Unsure of what to study? Exploratory Studies is a great choice!

For me, enrolling into the Exploratory Studies program at Butler University was the best choice I made.  It gave me a chance to reflect on what I would like to do with my degree and gave me extra support as I thought about different majors.

-Tim Blanusa, Class of 2016, Secondary Education and Mathematics Major

My experience as an exploratory student... has been a humongous benefit. I was the definition of an exploratory student: lost, confused, and not sure where my life was leading. This [program] helped lead me to declare my major, and seeing where I was when I first came to Butler in the fall that is quite an accomplishment.  I loved being an exploratory student, and I would recommend it to everyone coming to Butler University.

-Connor Brester, Class of 2016, Organizational Communication & Leadership Major

In the Exploratory Studies program, we recognize that choosing a college major is a difficult task. There are many factors that go into the choice, such as your interests, values, and strengths. In addition, if you don't feel like you have enough information about your options, it can be very overwhelming! We are here to help. As an incoming student, one of the smartest decisions you can make is to start out in the Exploratory Studies program. It gives you time, support, and resources to make a thoughtful decision and find a major that is right for you.

As an Exploratory Studies major, you will feel knowledgeable about your academic options. Research has shown that less than ten percent of first-year students feel they know a "great deal" about their major (Erickson, B. L. & Strommer, D. W. (1991).Teaching college freshmen. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.) In our program, you will have the opportunity to learn about all of the majors that Butler University offers so you will be one of the few first-year students who DOES understand what their major entails.

What are the benefits of being in the Exploratory Studies program?

  • Personalized attention from a full-time professional Exploratory Studies advisor
  • TONS of options with over 60 different majors in 6 different colleges
  • Access to resources both on campus and in Indianapolis to guide your decision-making process
  • A high quality, reputable degree no matter what you decide to study at Butler University
  • A well-rounded educational experience based in the Liberal Arts

What does Exploratory Studies have to offer?

Below are the components of our Exploratory Studies program, which will help guide you through the process of choosing your major.