Exploratory Meta-Major


Do your career interests span multiple meta-majors? Or, are you truly unsure where to start?  The Exploratory meta-major is a guided pathway designed for you.

It's a flexible and supportive framework that allows students to explore their areas in the context of our meta-majors before committing to a specific major.  If you have even a general interest in a particular career field, we recommend you choose the meta-major that matches with that career rather than the exploratory meta-major.

Explore This Meta-Major


The Exploratory meta-major allows you to intentionally explore all of our available majors. It will help you choose the best fit major to develop the skills you will need to continue on to graduate study or enter the workforce right after graduation.
  • Potential Majors

    All majors are open to you. You can explore the other meta-majors to see majors aligned in those interest areas or use the Find Your Program search tool.

  • Your First Year

    In this meta-major, your general education courses serve as a foundation to your major exploration. You'll have time to explore various subject areas so that you can land on the right major for you. A First-Year Experience course aligned with a potential interest area is a great place to start.

    A typical first-year schedule can include courses on topics like:

    • First-Year Experience.
    • introductory writing.
    • foreign languages.
    • history, humanities and social sciences.
    • mathematics or natural sciences.

    These general education courses are important to help you discover new areas of interest. They also keep you on track so you're meeting your degree requirements.

  • Exploratory 101

    The College offers an advisor-led elective course to help you pick the right major.  By working closely with the Academic Advising and Planning Center and the Career Center, you'll gain insights into personal strengths, values, skills and personality and understand how these self-assessments will inform your major/career decisions.

  • Math Pathways

    Your academic areas of interest and your math placement score will determine whether or not you need to take a math course right away or if it is alright to wait a semester or two before enrolling in math.

  • Gain a Global Perspective

    Taking your education abroad builds intercultural skills and gives you a broader perspective on a potential area of study. The College ranks No. 2 for total participation in study abroad and No. 7 for mid-length duration (semester programs) among all Master's Level Colleges & Universities.

    You can gain a global perspective on a major through a variety of programs that are offered over spring break, the summer, or for a whole semester. You can even participate in internships in another country. Visit the Center for International Education and make an account in the ViaTRM portal to learn more about our study abroad offerings.

  • In-Demand Skills

    Depending on which major you ultimately choose, you'll add even more skills to your résumé.

    • How to use ethical judgement to lead diverse teams and initiatives through change.
    • Implement culturally competent practices that foster diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
    • How to conduct research and effectively communicate findings through a variety of formats.
    • Think critically and find creative solutions to complex problems.

    Through our partnership with Coursera Career Academy, every Charleston student has the opportunity to enhance their degree with skills and credentials needed to give them a competitive edge in rapidly evolving job markets.

Your Future


Regardless of the major you choose, our liberal arts and sciences graduates are versatile and competitive candidates for a wide range of careers, including but not limited to business, education, government, non-profits, research, and creative industries.

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