Exploratory Curriculum Major

Overview

USF allows students to register for up to 36 credit hours before they must officially declare a major. During this time you will focus on satisfying the Foundations of Knowledge & Learning (FKL) requirements, which are needed for any major at USF. These courses are a great way to learn about career fields and academic disciplines that you may not be familiar with yet. In addition, Exploratory Curriculum (ECM) students are required to complete SLS 2901, a first-year experience course with a significant major/career exploration component.

There are five curriculum tracks for Exploratory Curriculum majors:

Arts & Humanities

IS THIS TRACK RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • Do you have diverse interests?
  • Do you consider yourself creative?
  • Do you like to read?
  • Are you more comfortable dealing with concepts and ideas rather than concrete data?

FIRST SEMESTER FOCUS:

MAJORS FOR THIS TRACK:

  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Dance
  • English
  • Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Mass Communications
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre
  • World Languages
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Business

IS THIS TRACK RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • Do you like to work with data and people?
  • Do you like math?
  • Do you consider yourself a leader rather than a follower?
  • Do you like to organize and assume responsibility?
  • Does working in a business environment appeal to you?

FIRST SEMESTER FOCUS:

MAJORS FOR THIS TRACK:

  • Accounting
  • Business Advertising
  • Business Analytics & Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Hospitality Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
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Global & Social Sciences

IS THIS TRACK RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • Do you enjoy working with others?
  • Are you interested in theories and interactions?
  • Do you understand and take interest in people's thoughts, feelings, and emotions?
  • Do you find human behavior interesting?

FIRST SEMESTER FOCUS:

  • SLS 2901 Academic Foundations - UDecide
  • FKL: ENC 1101 Composition I
  • FKL: MAC 1105 College Algebra
  • FKL: PSY 2012 Introduction to Psych Science
  • FKL: PHI 1600 Introduction to Ethics
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MAJORS FOR THIS TRACK:

  • Africana Studies
  • Aging Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Behavioral Healthcare
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Geography
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women's & Gender Studies
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Health & Natural Sciences

IS THIS TRACK RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • Do you enjoy math and science?
  • Are you interested in health-related professions?
  • Do you enjoy participating in lab experiments?
  • Does the idea of helping people appeal to you?

FIRST SEMESTER FOCUS:

MAJORS FOR THIS TRACK:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Environmental Science & Policy
  • Exercise Science
  • Geology
  • Health Sciences
  • Natural Science
  • Nursing
  • Medical Technology
  • Microbiology
  • Public Health
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Math, Engineering & Technology

IS THIS TRACK RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • Did you like math and science in high school?
  • Was your Math ACT/SAT score higher than your English or Verbal Score?
  • Do you like to investigate how things fit together or what makes something work?
  • Do you make decisions based on what you think or know about something rather than on how you feel?

FIRST SEMESTER FOCUS:

MAJORS FOR THIS TRACK:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
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