Exploration Plan | Kent State University

Exploration Plan 2.0

More than 600 new freshmen choose the exploratory pre-major each year. The exploratory pre-major is for students who are considering multiple majors or who are undecided about a major. Exploratory students receive assistance through a guided Exploration Plan. The Exploration Plan is designed to guide each student through the exploration process by the time they reach 45 Kent State credit hours.


The plan includes six key components, click on each to find out more information.


Selecting an Area of Interest

Selecting one of 13 areas of interest to begin exploring. This is the student’s first step and will be completed before the student begins their first semester.


Major Action Plan

Creating a Major Action Plan using the results of a career readiness inventory and continuously updating the student’s Action Plan with their Academic Advisor until they declare a major.


First Year Experience Course

Engaging in the First Year Experience course (UC 10097), which will focus on the transition to college and a curriculum developed specifically for exploratory students including career exploration, developing an awareness of diverse perspectives, learning about their personality preferences and much more. All new freshmen under the age of 21 and transfer students with fewer than 24 transfer hours are required to take this course.


Co-Registered Coursework

Enrolling in a course that is co-registered with the student’s First Year Experience course, providing students with the opportunity to network with fellow peers and create study groups. Some of the co-registered courses include experiential learning components, which promote academic relevance, meaning and an understanding of real-world issues.


Career Navigation Course

Enrolling in the Career Navigation: Constructing the Possibilities (UC 20010) course during the second semester. In this course, students will explore self and careers, make connections and set career related goals. As a bonus, if a student is part of EXCEL, they will take this course with other EXCEL students.



EXCEL Learning Community Participation

Participating in the EXCEL (EXplore, Careers, Education, Leadership) Learning Community is encouraged. EXCEL is designed to assist students in selecting their major by guiding them through career, education, and leadership exploration. EXCEL is housed in Lake Hall for those living on campus; however, honors students living in honors housing and those who commute can be part of EXCEL too.