The Exploratory Program and advisors help students identify their interests, strengths and goals; explore academic disciplines and careers; and plan an appropriate course of study.

Exploratory Advising

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who have not yet declared a major are assigned an Exploratory advisor. Advisors aid course selection and in connecting students to faculty and campus resources who may help students to choose a major.

Exploratory Studies

The College also offers first- and second-year students a two-credit course, GS150: Exploratory Studies. The course focuses on three areas:

  • an analysis of students’ personal strengths, interests, beliefs, and values;
  • a concentrated exploration of academic majors;
  • and an introduction to career exploration and preparedness.

Study and discussion of texts, films and self-assessment combined with with informal and formal writing help students as they discern possible academic, career, and vocational pathways. At Valpo, we are here to help you envision your future.

Make an Appointment

To learn more about academic and vocational exploration, contact Yvonne Hale (219.464.5318) for an appointment in the Dean's Office.