Wayne State University

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University Advising Center

Exploratory and Transitional Student Center

Find a major where your passion meets the world's needs.

Academic Advising for Exploratory Students

Exploratory Students Must officially declare a major or officially commit to a professional program by 30 credit hours!

You have begun an exciting process of learning about yourself and discovering your major or selecting your academic program. We have put together resources to help you in exploring. 

You will not be alone in your search. You will have an academic advisor to assist and encourage you as you work through these resources. Our expectation is that you work through the resources under "Explore values, interests and skills" first and share the results of your online exploratory assessments with your advisor, who will help you make sense of everything you are learning about yourself and your options.

Once you have completed your self-exploration, your advisor will discuss your options and refer you to appropriate online resources, departments and campus resources for further exploration. 

How To Make a Good Decision on Your Major Program

  1. Explore values, interests, and skills— Identify your values, interests, and skills and become familiar with your options.
  2. Explore majors and "sample" options—Expanding and narrowing your list of options. Sample course options that incorporate your values, interests and skills.
  3. Explore careers—Understanding career options. Visit the Career Services Office, find careers that fit your interests, and make a list.
  4. Select—Choosing a major/academic program. Pick 3-5 options and evaluate them, rank them, and make your decision. Include a "back-up" choice.
  5. Declare—Implementing your program choice. Declare your major or make a commitment to complete the requirements for your chosen professional program.
  6. Reflect—Knowing you made a good choice. Verify your choice by looking at your initial goals and your thoughts and feelings about your choice.

Academic Advising for Transitional Students

For a variety of transitional student populations, the need for professional academic advising support is critical. We are ready to assist students wishing to declare a major, change their original major, or who are re-deciding on a major choice.

For information and questions contact:
Pynthia Caffee at ae5396@wayne.edu or
Helen Wilson at helen.h.wilson@ wayne.edu