If your interests can’t be confined by a single academic program, or you need more time to explore all that RIT has to offer, University Exploration can help you delve into more than 90 bachelor’s degree programs to find your best fit.
Overview for University Exploration
If you have interests that span two or more colleges, RIT’s University Exploration program help students choose the academic program that best meets their career interests and goals. 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 advisors 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.
This program is no longer accepting new student applications.
Curriculum for 2023-2024 for University Exploration
This seminar is designed to introduce students to the process by which they can make an informed decision in selecting career options and identifying an educational program which will lead to their career goals. With the assistance of facilitators familiar with assessment instruments, careers and the RIT programs, students begin by assessing their interests, values, skills and personal traits. Students will be introduced to online and print resources used for researching occupational information and may be asked to interview faculty and administrators as well as professionals working in fields in which they are interested. Students will complete a variety of activities including class discussions, journal entries, papers and presentations, allowing them the opportunity to reflect on information gathered throughout the course. Students in the university studies and liberal arts exploration programs are required to complete this course successfully in the first term of their program. (This course is restricted to LAU-UND and UNIVST-UND Major students.) Seminar (Fall, Spring).
RIT 365: RIT Connections
RIT 365 students participate in experiential learning opportunities designed to launch them into their career at RIT, support them in making multiple and varied connections across the university, and immerse them in processes of competency development. Students will plan for and reflect on their first-year experiences, receive feedback, and develop a personal plan for future action in order to develop foundational self-awareness and recognize broad-based professional competencies. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
General Education- First Year Writing
General Education-Ethical Perspective
General Education-Artistic Perspective
General Education-Global Perspective
General Education-Social Perspective
General Education-Natural Science Inquiry Perspective
General Education-Scientific Principles Perspective
General Education-Mathematical A Perspective
General Education-Mathematical B Perspective
Major Exploration Courses†
Total Semester Credit Hours
Please see General Education Framework in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
† Please see an academic adviser to select sample courses in your majors of interest.
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