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Exploratory Studies vs. Undeclared

Unlike what you may see at other schools, we don’t use the words “undeclared” or “undecided” here. This is because we believe in defining you by what you are rather than by what you’re not. You’re not indecisive or unsure; you are creating the life you want to live.

Our Program

More freshmen enter Exploratory Studies than any major at DeSales. Through the program, we’ll give you the tools to make the best decisions for your future. And, if you do your part, we’ll help you stay on track to graduate in four years.

  • You’ll take a class to help you clarify your interests, strengths, and values, and relate them to a course of study.
  • You’ll connect with faculty members and alumni who share their experience in a range of majors and careers.
  • You’ll receive individual guidance to help you satisfy graduation requirements while you explore different fields of study.

Our Philosophy

The Exploratory Studies Program will help you with the selection of and transition into academic majors that will empower you to live a successful and fulfilling life. The program is founded on the ideas that:

Uncertainty ​is normal.

Many college students change majors at some point. If you thoughtfully evaluate your options with good information, you’ll be more likely to make the right choice the first time.

Each person​ is unique.

Majors and careers are not one-size-fits-all. You’ll be happier and more successful in a field where your individual interests, abilities, and opportunities meet. 

A well-rounded education opens doors.

The job market is constantly evolving. An education that combines a broad foundation in the liberal arts with discipline-specific skills will prepare you for whatever the future brings

College is a ti​me to discover and develop your gifts. Choose to explore.