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Welcome to Exploratory Studies at UW

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Some students enter the University of Wyoming as freshman knowing exactly which major they will declare. Many do not. Traditionally, students who have not yet decided on a major, begin their academic career as "Undeclared", meaning they are not attached to a specific college or program.
Now the University of Wyoming offers an alternative to the Undeclared status in the form of several Exploratory Tracks students can pursue that may eventually lead to a declared major. Each student entering the University of Wyoming will either have declared a major or chosen an Exploratory Track. Want some help selecting a track? Check out the Tips for Choosing an Exploratory Track page. Launch the following documents to learn all about Exploratory Tracks or scroll down to access the tracks individually:


You can browse the entire Exploratory Tracks Guide where you'll find all the major programs of study associated with each track, as well as possible careers to pursue. Or you can launch information for individual tracks by clicking the icons below.

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Communication, Media & the Arts
People who choose this track are interested in both written and verbal communication to express themselves, relate information, and/or entertain others. If you are a keen follower of the news - whether online or through traditional media, consider yourself a creative person, like to express yourself through the arts, then this may be the track for you.

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Math, Data Science & Business
Do you see yourself as a "numbers person"? This track is attractive to people who best make sense of the world and information quantitatively. That doesn't mean all of the majors and careers here are completely centered on applying high-level math skills. You'll begin to notice some overlap with majors in certain tracks. For example, both Communication and Marketing are included in this track because they both contain quantitative components.

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Government, Public Policy and Justice
If there is a keyword in this track, it's probably "justice". The majors listed here may lead to careers in social justice through work with humanitarian and human welfare organizations or our national system of justice through legislative, governmental, or judicial channels. People interested in this track will have a keen curiosity about how the various elements of our society fit together, and sometimes pull apart.

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Human Service, Wellness & Social Science
This track focuses on majors that emphasize human services and individual wellness. People who are a good match for this track are drawn to serving others, either through education, health and wellness  fields, or agencies that serve human needs within our society. Those drawn to these majors and careers are not just interested in how the elements of society work together, they desire a direct role in the functions of society, often in the service of others.

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Science, Technology & the Environment
In addition to the technology arena through engineering and other majors, those drawn to this track are interested in the "hard" sciences, as well as the many majors involved with environmental management and protection. This track will appeal to those who have an interest in solving concrete problems facing humanity with sound scientific approaches and research-based practices.

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Culture, Society & Diversity
Although similar to Communication, Media & the Arts, this track is less focused on performance and creative pursuits and is more interested in diving deeply into the aspects of culture itself, perhaps from academic study and research perspectives. This track appeals to those whose curiosity about who we are as a people runs deep and who want s to accumulate a profound understanding of culture.

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