Career Exploration Studies

Spend up to two semesters to explore NTID associate degree programs as you work with advisors to focus your academic and career interests before deciding on a major.


The career exploration studies program allows you to collect information about associate degree programs in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and career paths before deciding on a major. It also supports deaf and hard-of-hearing students who need additional academic preparation to be ready for their chosen program of study.

This option allows students the opportunity to do an intensive career search while they develop a better understanding of themselves through career and personal counseling; intensive sampling of various majors at RIT/NTID; use of a computer guidance program in the Career Resource and Testing Center; interest testing; and interpretation of aptitude, ability, and achievement tests. In addition, students take courses in mathematics, English, and other liberal arts and sciences. Some students also take introductory courses in specific programs of study and are involved in extracurricular or other college-oriented activities.

A counselor/academic advisor is assigned to help you evaluate the information and make career decisions. You can remain in the career exploration studies program for up to two academic semesters.

Curriculum for Career Exploration Studies

Career Exploration Studies, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar
The course provides entering NTID students with opportunities to develop/enhance academic skills, personal awareness, and community involvement in order to maximize their college experience. Students have opportunities to explore and navigate the college environment, develop/reinforce academic skills and participate in service learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to establish meaningful connections with faculty, staff and peers. The course promotes the development of plans for ongoing growth and involvement in class and in the RIT/NTID and/or broader community. Students must pass this course to earn an associates degree. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 2 (Fall, Spring).
Choose one of the following:
   Problem Solving
This course sharpens students' ability to think clearly, logically and creatively and to communicate knowledge effectively in an academic setting. Students will learn critical thinking strategies for examining issues and solving problems. Course topics include solving problems using a six-step model; exploring problem solving tools and strategies using campus resources, professional and proactive communication behaviors, and personal attributes for success, and applying knowledge of students’ rights and responsibilities to facilitate effective problem solving for academic and personal/social problems. The importance of thinking critically across various communication contexts (i.e., face-to-face interactions, written correspondence, group discussions, and presentations) will be stressed. (Prerequisites: NTID supported student. Co-requisites: NENG-102 or NENG-103 or NENG-112 or equivalent course.) Lab 2, Lecture 2 (Fall).
   Effective Teams
This course focuses on the information and skills needed to be a knowledgeable, effective participant in small groups and teams. Topics related to group dynamics and team building are addressed at the practical and theoretical levels. These topics include characteristics of effective teams, stages of group development, how groups operate for different outcomes, group versus personal goals, the role of diversity, and group decision-making and conflict management strategies. (NTID Supported Students.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Introductory Course in major
Choose two of the following:
   General Education Perspective Course

* Specific course based on placement testing.