Exploratory Areas allow students to explore majors and career options within an interest area. Use the information and resources here to make connections between academic majors and post-graduation plans and career goals. 


Are you excited by the idea of designing something new? Do you enjoy being creative with music, art and language?


All of the majors listed in this Exploratory Area are considered liberal arts majors and often include using creativity, whether in thought, writing or design. Check out the majors on the list below and click on any of the majors and see the entire list of course requirements for that major. Do a majority of the classes sound interesting to you? Then it may be worth exploring!


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Exploratory Classes

ENGL 167: Introduction to English Studies

An introduction to the different areas of English studies including literature, writing studies, and linguistics and the ways in which…

ENGL 209: Introduction to Linguistics

Entry-level knowledge for the scientific study of language, including such topics as phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, grammar, social and cultural…

ENVD 101: Introduction to Environmental Design

Introduction to the environmental design fields of city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, and interior design. Particular attention is…

MUSC 103: Introduction to Music History

Introduction to the major works of music in the Western tradition which define the stylistic elements of musical periods in…

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy

Basic problems, concepts, and methods of philosophy.    

WGS 110: Introduction to Women’s Studies

Exploration of a range of social/domestic and global issues related to women; development of a feminist framework for thinking and…

ADHM 160: Interior Design Careers

Survey of the interior design profession and the relationship to allied professionals and organizations. Prereq: Interior Design or Apparel, Retail…

ADHM 171: Fashion Dynamics

Introductory course tracing the development of fashion and its industry that includes consumer demand and fashion change, the development, production,…

ART 210: Art History I

Intensive survey of art from Paleolithic to the Renaissance.    

COMM 112: Understanding Media & Social Change

Exploration of the purpose, function, and impact of media on society.    

COMM 114: Human Communication

Overview of communication theory with emphasis on information transmission and social influence functions of communication behavior in personal and mediated…

HIST 101: Western Civilization I

Introductory survey of Western Civilization from prehistory to 1648, emphasizing major political, social, cultural, and intellectual developments.

HIST 103: US History to 1877

This course explores key events, trends, and concepts in American history from before European contact until the Civil War. Through…


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Major/Career Exploration Workshops

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