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Exploration Process

Make a well informed decision when selecting a college major. University Studies offers a step by step, systematic process for students to learn about themselves and their options for a major at RIT. This takes time and effort and a bit of energy and enthusiasm but the results will be worth it.  Start your exploration now by clicking on the topics below.

Career Exploration Seminar

This required one-credit hour course focuses on individual/personal assessment. Students explore their interests, values and skills through career inventories including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and various self guided worksheets on personal values and skills analysis.

Through class led discussions, reflective activities, and individual appointments, students use their assessment findings to research potential RIT majors and career fields.

Individualized Advising

University Studies students are assigned an advisor who will assist them every step of the way through the exploration process. This advisor will know his or her students personally as they transition to college and discover their final major.

Sampling Courses

One of the most important components of deciding on a major is experiencing the major or a content area through "sample courses".

Here is what a sample schedule of an exploring USP student looking at programs across three colleges might look like and why.

Sampling three majors that span three colleges:

  • Engineering (Kate Gleason College of Engineering),
  • Packaging Science (College of Applied Science and Technology) and
  • Psychology (College of Liberal Arts)


  • Career Exploration Seminar - A unique course where students complete a variety of assessments and major exploration activities.
  • Discovery - First Year Enrichment - A course for all first year students entering RIT in the Fall of 2012 that introduces them to what it is like to be an RIT student and that provides guidance in the transition from high school to college.

Possible Sample Options

  • Project Based Calculus I - Using the Math Placement Exam scores, we place students in the highest level math for the most mobility across majors at RIT.
  • Intro to Psychology - Provides a look into psychology and fulfills a liberal arts and sciences perspectives education requirement if student doesn't change into Psychology.
  • Principles of Packaging - Recommended sample course for Packaging Science.
  • First Year Writing - Required 1st year liberal arts and sciences writing requirement.
  • Engineering Exploration Seminar - Recommended sample course which reviews all the engineering majors in that college.

Your advisor will get to know you to make the best recommendation for sample courses that fit your interests.

Finding an RIT Major

Once students translate their career assessments into possible RIT majors, students will start their major research by identifying majors of interest in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Completing a "Pro/Cons" worksheet for top three majors of interest helps guide a student through a process of exploring what they may like and dislike about a program, often leading to a list of questions for a department chairperson such as "What type of job will I have with a degree in Motion Picture Science or Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety?"

Meeting with an RIT Department

Once students have narrowed down their interests, identified a few programs of study, and completed a "Pros/Cons" or "Department Meeting Prep Sheet", meeting with departments will help clarify and validate interests. This gives students the opportunity to ask questions about careers, study abroad, and the process for changing into that college major.