GS 150 Exploratory Studies

Have you ever thought about what you should do with your life? Or have you ever thought about what discipline you would like to focus on in college? Are you frequently asked about your major? Do you ever think about your strengths and interests? Do you wonder about your calling in life? This course is designed for you to ponder these big issues and engage in readings, writing, and discussions about your personal vocation, dreams, and goals.


Most of you do not yet have majors. This course will speak to where you are right now. You may know, at the end of the course, what you want to major in at Valpo. The hope is that at least you will be on your way to understanding how an academic major, a job, and a career are themselves only parts of the larger totality of vocation. The ultimate goal of the course is to help you discover new aspects of yourselves and gain a greater understanding of your talents, interests, and responsibilities.

Through close collaboration with the Career Center counselors, self-assessment including the Strong Interest Inventory, interviews with faculty, reading, writing, and reflection, you will get a better sense of what you want to study and why.

Course Objectives:

  • Students will become familiar with campus resources that will help them on their academic journeys.
  • Students will explore various options and majors in various areas of study at Valparaiso University.
  • Students will carefully reflect on their strengths and interests as they consider their life purpose.
  • Students will become active learners by finding, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information (USLO 3).
  • Students will explore the relationship between faith and learning (USLO 8).