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Why Exploratory Studies at Valpo?

Feeling pressured to choose a major before you take your first class? Have you been told by high school counselors and teachers, parents, or friends that you should pursue major XYZ? Do you have an affinity for several majors and need extra time to weigh all your options? At Valparaiso University, we say “No Worries!” because this makes you an ideal student for our Exploratory Studies Program.

The Exploratory Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences takes a thoughtful, no-pressure approach that allows time for you to explore your values, unlock your curiosity in multiple subjects, and discover your academic interests before choosing a major.

Exploratory Studies Highlights

Career Center

Connect with the Center for Career and Professional Development team for career guidance and insight.


PathwayU is a self-guided online career assessment that uses scientific algortihms to help you explore career options based on your interests.

Exploration Class

Students will meet with faculty and program representatives to learn about all majors/programs offered at Valpo.

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Center for Career and Professional Development
“Utilizing the Career Center allowed me to both discover and achieve my career goals. Through outside speaker events and networking opportunities presented by the Career Center, I realized exactly how I wanted to use my degree. Then, with the one-on-one appointments, interview prep, and resume and cover letter reviews, I was able to secure the role I was aiming for. I hope everyone can take advantage of all of the amazing benefits the Career Center has to offer to reach their full professional potential.” – Beth C. 21
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