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Understanding Exploratory Studies
There are several reasons why you may feel that you should be in Exploratory Studies
your first year at Southern Miss. The most common and obvious reason is that you are
truly undecided about which major is right for you. Exploratory Studies guides first-year
students in both course and major selection. Our ultimate goal is helping students
declare their academic major and graduate in a timely manner. As an Exploratory Studies
student you will have the opportunity to
- complete the University general education curriculum.
- explore introductory major courses and general electives.
- learn information about University majors and degrees.
- complete assessments to guide you in your major research.
- communicate with departments about potential majors.
- find an academic balance that leads to success.
Students are encouraged to declare their major during their sophomore year.
2017-2018 Exploratory Studies Advising Sheet (PDF file opens in new tab/window)
Steps Towards Declaring a Major
There are several main areas that must be addressed when exploring majors and choosing
the one that is right for you. These areas will be addressed more fully during academic
- Personal Career Assessment: You will learn more about yourself through taking the online Focus Assessment through
Career Services. This assessment will help you identify possible majors that you should
investigate further based on your personality and career goals.
- Degree Program Research: Southern Miss offers more than 140 distinct undergraduate majors. You will explore
your possibilities by researching department websites, curriculum requirements, and
through informational interviews with department faculty.
- Degree Evaluation: It is important that you identify a major that will allow you to graduate in a timely
manner. Thus, part of your advisement is to evaluate the credits that you have already
earned (in residence and transfer) and how they may be applied toward the major(s)
that you are considering.
Academic Majors at Southern Miss
The University of Southern Mississippi offers more than 140 distinct undergraduate
majors through its six academic colleges. You can search these majors by the following: