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First-Year Exploratory Studies

What is an exploratory program? 

First-Year Exploratory Studies is designed to provide undecided students with the opportunity to explore Drexel’s academic options and interests before selecting a major. Students who enroll in this program complete a one-year, full-time plan of study in their first year and then transfer to a full-time major at Drexel at the end of that year. Whether you have many interests and need guidance in defining your path, or have a path in mind, but want to sharpen your focus, our advising team and faculty can help you succeed.

Not only can you discover what you want to study, you also gain career counseling for your future co-op opportunities and beyond. Similar to any other major at Drexel, you can select a four-year with one co-op, five-year with three co-ops, or a non-co-op option. By harnessing Drexel's professional networks and diverse academic offerings, you can build a future around the subjects and careers that excite you.  

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So, is it better to apply undeclared or have a major? In First-Year Exploratory Studies, you don't do either. Wanting to explore multiple majors and careers is not only common, but it's also beneficial to your future success. According to LinkedIn, the most versatile majors include business administration, marketing, psychology, communication, economics, political science and sociology. By opening up your academic options through First-Year Exploratory Studies, you can start building a well-rounded profile that's attractive to employers and graduate programs—all before declaring a major. 

Benefits of an exploratory program

The First-Year Exploratory Studies program assists and empowers you to:

  • Examine your academic options
  • Find the major and career that best suit your goals
  • Make a smooth and academically sound transition from First-Year Exploratory Studies to your chosen degree program

The First-Year Exploratory Studies program gives you the flexibility to search for a major without falling behind on credits. The Goodwin College staff provides one-on-one guidance as you narrow your academic and career interests. They also help you complete course planning and major selection. This support enables you to make well-informed decisions in selecting the right degree program and career path.

Program Features

  • Strong developmental academic and career advising
  • Manageable credit loads to encourage exploration and reflection
  • Seminar courses that provide guidance and support specific to Exploratory Studies students
  • Engagement with other students in the exploratory program as well as in prospective majors
  • Use of campus resources to discover academic options and plan for the post-baccalaureate years