Undeclared and Exploration Options

You know that higher education is the logical next step for you, but you haven’t decided on a direction yet. RIT has many undecided and exploration options created with you in mind. We’ll use your interests, talents, and career goals to map an academic journey that will allow you to satisfy basic requirements as you explore different academic possibilities. When it comes time to declare your major you will be able to make the most informed decision possible.

Explore your interests in business, finance, marketing, or management before you declare a major. The business exploration option gives you an opportunity to explore your interests in business while you complete foundation courses. You can sample courses in a variety of majors while you identify the program that best meets your interests and career aspirations.

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The computing exploration option provides students with the opportunity to explore seven of the college’s undergraduate computing majors—computer science, computing and information technologies, computing security, human-centered computing, new media interactive development, software engineering, and web and mobile computing. Students complete courses in computer science, computing security, and web development. They may also take additional courses in other computing majors as they decide on which major bests fits their career goals and aspirations.

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Spend up to a year exploring RIT's portfolio of engineering majors before you declare a major.

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If you are passionate about engineering, science, technology, or manufacturing but aren’t ready to commit to a specific major, the engineering technology exploration option will give you an opportunity to explore your interests. Throughout your first year, you’ll take foundation courses that will introduce you to multiple areas of the engineering core, allowing time to sample some of the foundational courses in a variety of programs. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of each engineering technology major, enabling you to identify the program that best meets your interests and career aspirations. Ultimately, you’ll gain a better understanding of the career path you want to pursue.

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Take up to two years to explore RIT's portfolio of liberal arts programs before deciding on a major.

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For students interested in photography but unsure which major best meets their career aspirations, the undeclared photography option provides you with an overview of the two photography majors and their options—photographic and imaging arts (with options in advertising photography, fine art photography, photojournalism, or visual media) or photographic sciences (with options in biomedical photographic communications and imaging and photographic technology). Undeclared photography allows you to take up to four semesters to learn about each major while you complete general education and liberal arts courses.

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Take up to a year to explore RIT's portfolio of science programs before deciding on a major.

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If you are passionate about visual arts and design but aren’t ready to commit to a specific major, the undeclared art and design option will give you an opportunity to explore your interests. Throughout your first year, you’ll take foundation courses that will introduce you to multiple areas of visual art and design, including materials, techniques, and theory. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of each art and design major, enabling you to identify the program that best meets your interests and career aspirations. Ultimately, you’ll gain a better understanding of the career path you want to pursue.

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Some of RIT's accepted students have interests that span two or more colleges. To help these students choose the academic program that best meets their career interests and goals, RIT offers the university exploration option. University exploration, RIT's broadest and most flexible undeclared option, allows students up to a year to explore more than 90 bachelor’s degree programs while completing courses in general education, math, and science. Students work individually with experienced advisers who make suggestions on course work and programs of study. Through advising and individual interaction with faculty and department chairs, students narrow their focus on a major that matches their career interests and goals.

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