Discover the major that's right for you.
Like many students, you may be undecided about the academic major you want to pursue. That's OK! At PennWest California, the Exploratory Studies program gives you time to explore various subject areas while you make steady progress toward graduation.
The Exploratory Studies program at PennWest California is specifically designed for undergraduate students who are not ready to declare a major. Students who enroll in Exploratory Studies work with an Academic Counselor to strategically select general education courses that are required for all majors. At the same time, students in the Exploratory Studies program have opportunities to learn more about their academic options at PennWest California.
Build a broad foundation of knowledge and skills.
Studies show that up to 60% of undergraduates change their college major at least once, and some change multiple times. This can extend the time it takes to earn a degree, because courses required for one major may not count toward another.
Choosing Exploratory Studies lets students who are undecided about their major explore various disciplines without extending the time it takes to complete a bachelor's degree. These students are encouraged to enroll in courses that satisfy General Education (Gen Ed) requirements, which apply to all majors.
At PennWest California, students are required to take 40 or 41 General Education credits in order to develop a broad foundation of knowledge and skills. With the assistance of an Academic Counselor, students in the Exploratory Studies program can earn their required Gen Ed credits while they explore various subjects and decide which major to declare.