Discover Your Calling

Our Exploratory Studies course is designed for undeclared first-year students seeking to clarify their academic interests and professional goals before committing to a major. This one- or two-semester program allows students to explore a range of disciplines and academic programs while completing core liberal arts requirements.

With a focus on comprehensive academic advising, in-depth career assessment, and formative student-faculty interaction, Exploratory Studies leverages our full range of student success resources to help students identify their ideal major program and discern their vocation under the guidance of a professional academic advisor from the University of Mary Student Success Center.

College is a time for self-discovery and exploration. Truly undecided students should take time to explore their academic interests, strengths, abilities, and vocational calling before committing to a major.

Core Program Components

Our Exploratory Studies program incorporates seven key activities intended to provide students with potential pathways to academic and professional success. Participants will:

  1. Select one or more areas of interest to explore.
  2. Create an action plan based on their FOCUS 2 Career Interest Inventory results and their responses to a variety of interest and self-awareness assessments.
  3. Enroll in a section of our First-Year Experience course (FYE 122) designed specifically for Exploratory Studies students
  4. Benefit from one-on-one meetings with their academic advisor and representatives from our Career Services Office.
  5. Attend our annual Majors & Minors Fair.
  6. Connect with faculty members and campus leadership.
  7. Take part in additional educational programming opportunities and workshops.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

FYE 122: First-Year Experience Course for Exploratory Studies Students

The key to deciding on an undergraduate major is awareness, both internal and external. Taking part in this specially designed FYE 122 will help you identify your academic and professional interests while familiarizing you with what the University of Mary has to offer. You will discover your unique strengths and abilities as you explore major options, interact with faculty members and campus leaders, and begin to ascertain your calling in life. The course is taught by an academic advisor from the University of Mary Student Success Center, thus intentionally integrating academic support with major counseling.

Have Questions?

We’re here to help. Call the Student Success Center at 701-355-8124, email us, or schedule a meeting.