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Exploratory Studies

Not everyone comes to the University of Wyoming knowing what to study. Some of us are so relentlessly curious, we have a tough time confining our interests to just one major.

That’s why UW created Exploratory Studies.

 What is Exploratory Studies?

Exploratory Studies isn’t a major per se, rather it’s a program designed to help you explore academic areas that might lead to your dream degree.

So, instead of assigning the catch-all designation “undeclared major” or “undecided,” we’ve curated UW academic programs into six “big picture” categories or tracks from which you can explore.

As an Exploratory Studies student, you will take classes in your chosen track, possibly live on the same floor with other students in that track and work closely with your advisor as you begin to winnow your list of possible majors.

It’s OK that you haven’t decided your life’s path. There is so much to explore off the beaten trail.

Quick Facts

Degree Type

  • Communication, Media and the Arts
  • Math, Data Science and Business
  • Government, Public Policy and Justice
  • Human Service, Wellness, and Social Science Sciences
  • Science and the Environment
  • Culture, Society and Diversity

Resident Tuition: $134/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $537/credit hour

Advising, Career, Exploratory Studies Center

 

20-50% of students are estimated to start college undecided

Exploratory Studies Program Highlights

At UW, we’ve eliminated the “undeclared” and “undecided” monikers in favor of offering a pathway to discovery called Exploratory Studies.

As an Exploratory Studies student, you will choose from six academic tracks in which you’ll take courses your freshman year. You will also work with your advisor on learning more about majors in your track, class choices and possible careers.

The ultimate goal: To gain greater clarity about your true academic calling.

Here are some reasons to participate in Exploratory Studies: 

Exploratory Studies tracks. Choose an Exploratory Studies track and take at least four classes in your track. UW has grouped academic subject areas into six general fields of study to make it easier for you to narrow down your major choices:

  • Communication, Media and the Arts
  • Math, Data Science and Business
  • Government, Public Policy and Justice
  • Human Service, Wellness, and Social Science Sciences
  • Science and the Environment
  • Culture, Society and Diversity

Learn more about each track.

Learning communities. Live on a floor in UW residence halls with other students in your track with whom you can share ideas and experiences.

 Campus involvement. Get busy! UW has 250-plus student clubs and organizations. A lot of students find their passions by getting involved on campus in areas related—and unrelated—to their studies.

Study abroad. UW offers more than 400 study abroad locations. Choose from faculty-led travel courses in a subject associated with your Exploratory Studies track or plan to study in another country for a full semester. (Tip: UW offers amazing scholarships for travel study.)

Examples of Exploratory Studies Program Courses

As an Exploratory Studies student, you will take classes related to your track. Here are some examples for each track:

Communication, Media and the Arts

  • Agricultural Communication
  • Digital Media

Math, Data Science and Business

  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Energy and Society

Government, Public Policy and Justice

  • Sociological Principles
  • American and Wyoming Government

Human Service, Wellness, and Social Science Sciences

  • General Psychology
  • Principles of Nutrition

Science and the Environment

  • General Chemistry
  • Environment

Culture, Society and Diversity

  • Foundations in American Indian Studies
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Learn more about courses you might take. (PDF)

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