Exploratory Studies

Majoring in undecided?
You’ll be in good company.

Finding the area of study that’s best for you is often a journey in itself. Through Exploratory Studies, you’ll unlock your passions, believe in yourself, and build confidence in the path you choose.

So many options—try some on for size.

The Exploratory Studies program is full of ways to help you discover the many possibilities you have at Butler. You’ll learn about our 85+ majors by observing classes and using faculty as your guide. You’ll take assessments to discover your strengths, values, and interests. You will even participate in job shadows and interviews to explore where your degree could take you after college. Exploratory Studies helps you uncover your personal strengths, build your confidence, and seize the right opportunities at Butler and beyond.

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Exploring your options isn’t wasting your time.

Know The Facts

Students in Exploratory Studies graduate on schedule and enjoy the same placement rates as those who start college with a declared major. Still, many people misunderstand what the program is all about, and how it prepares Butler students to make rewarding career decisions. Don’t fall into the trap. Explore the common misperceptions (and the truth behind them) below.

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We’re On Your Side

You’re not on this journey alone: Your Exploratory Studies adviser will be by your side, getting to know you and steering you toward a path that taps into your personality and interests.

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Know Thyself

Be honest: What makes you tick? Free self-assessments, available to every Butler student, may reveal some surprising answers—and help you make academic and career-related decisions with confidence.

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Exploratory Studies Course

Think of this class, offered twice a year, as a guided tour of everything Butler (and the working world) has to offer. You’ll meet faculty members from multiple disciplines, sit in on other classes, even visit different workplaces as you get a sense for what different majors may lead to. And you’ll do it alongside an instructor who is also an Exploratory Studies advisor.

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Experts All Around

Seeking a little more direction? Look no further than the many offices on campus that can help you explore your academic options and interests.

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Thanks to Exploratory, I’m on track to graduate early.

Nina Bertino hadn’t even heard of her major, strategic communications, when she started Butler. Exploratory ensured a false start on her major wouldn’t cost her time to a degree. “Take the time and figure out exactly what you want to study,” she advises.

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Exploratory Studies is a program aimed at helping undecided students identify interests, explore academic options, gain exposure to the career-development process, and gather information about majors and careers that interest them. Students who are undecided or who have multiple interests are encouraged to exercise their intellectual curiosity through a number of programs and classes designed to help students determine their own best course of study.

Exploratory Studies students receive specialized attention from trained academic advisors who assist students in their decision-making process. You’ll learn about our 85+ majors by observing classes and using faculty as your guide. You’ll take assessments to discover your strengths, values, and interests. Program services include:

    • Developmental academic advising 
    • Exploratory Studies class (LC103) 
    • Workshops and guest speakers 
    • Self-assessments 
    • Assistance in setting up job shadowing and informational interviewing opportunities 
    • Transitional advising for students who desire to change majors or add programs of study