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Lock Haven Exploratory Studies Advising

Students who are undecided about a choice of major are identified as Exploratory Studies here at “The Haven”. Truly undecided students are advised by faculty in the Department of Academic Development and Counseling and other selected faculty. Students who indicate an interest in a specific major on the admissions application and the Exploratory Studies Student Survey are assigned to faculty in that specific major when appropriate.

National research indicates that some form of undecidedness, tentativeness, or uncertainty about choice of major exists for at least three out of four first year college students. Your decision to be an Exploratory Studies student at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania could mean that you are open to new ideas and suggestions concerning your major and eventually, your career. This perspective can bring very positive experiences during your academic career at “The Haven”. However, in order to complete requirements for graduation in a timely manner, you must be intentional about your exploration of majors. Students are encouraged to declare a major by the time they have earned 24 – 30 credits.

The Exploratory Studies Advising Office and the Department of Academic Development and Counseling can assist students in making the most appropriate choice of major through the following activities, coursework, and services:

  • First Year Seminar for Exploratory Studies Students (1-credit course)

  • Introduction to Career/Life Planning (2-credit course)

  • Developmental academic advising

  • Assessment and career counseling

  • Academic Majors Fair – September of each academic year
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