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The Exploratory Major

Major decisions take time. Many students feel pressure to declare a major right away, but over two-thirds of students at CUA change majors at least once. 

The Exploratory Major is designed to let you purposefully seek out your area of focus by taking classes in many different subjects before choosing a major. Your Undergraduate Advisor will help you to select courses that appeal to your intellectual curiosity and satisfy core University requirements. With your advisor, you will consider all of your talents and interests, learn more about the subjects that appeal to you, and develop a plan that allows you to explore these subjects while remaining on track for graduation.

As an Exploratory Major, you can take courses in a wide variety of subject areas, or you can explore the various specializations and major options within a particular field like Business and Economics or Engineering.


At CUA, you have until the end of your sophomore year to declare a major. That means you can spend up to four semesters exploring different subject areas. This period of exploration creates the opportunity to consider all of your options and make an informed decision about your choice of major. 

Learn more about the Exploratory Major from the Undergraduate Advising Center.


3 Ways to Find Majors

1Exploratory Major

2Majors by Interest Area

3Majors List

What is a major?

A major is a specialized area of study that leads to a particular degree. At CUA, most majors consist of about 12 courses in your chosen subject area. To put this in perspective, it is likely that courses for your major will comprise less than half of all the classes you take in college. 

So what will you study beyond your major? Each semester, you will take classes in other disciplines like philosophy, literature, the social and natural sciences, and more. Together, all of your classes will help you to develop different ways of thinking about and looking at the world. Your major is just one piece of this puzzle.