MSU Denver

What is an Exploratory Student?

Unsure of which major best fits you? It is perfectly normal to not know what you want to study in college. You may not have all the information you need to choose a major, or maybe you just need more time to learn about your strengths, interests, and values. Exploratory/Undeclared students are those who have not yet decided on a college major. Advising is not mandatory, but highly encouraged, especially for Exploratory/undeclared students! Want to declare your major as an exploratory/undeclared student? Click here.

*We are currently doing appointments virtually through MS Teams (preferred), in-person, and by phone. Please specify what mode of advising you would like. If you would like to do an in person appointment, please make a specific request at [email protected] for additional instructions. In-person appointments do require masks. If you do not have one, our front office staff will be more than happy to provide one for you.*

**We have laptops available in person if you would like to do a virtual appointment and do not have access to one. Please ask our front desk!**

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

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Exploratory Advising Team 2022
  • Location: Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) Suite 170
  • Phone: (303) 615-2025
  • Email: [email protected]

*We are currently doing appointments virtually through MS Teams (preferred), in-person, and by phone. Please specify what mode of advising you would like. If you would like to do an in person appointment, please make a specific request at [email protected] for additional instructions. In-person appointments do require masks. If you do not have one, our front office staff will be more than happy to provide one for you.*

**We have laptops available in person if you would like to do a virtual appointment and do not have access to one. Please ask our front desk!**

How to Choose a Major

  • Check out our Major and Career Exploration Guide
  • Take exploratory courses! These courses will introduce you to the field of study and help you explore the different academic majors available at MSU Denver. Check out our Pathways Guides for some ideas! 
  • Check out different career opportunities by majors here. 
  • Some majors may be selective with who can declare (I.e Social Work, Nursing, Art, and Education). Please refer to MSU Denver University catalog for course descriptions and a full list of major requirements.  
  • Still unsure? Complete this major exploration guide and set up an appointment to meet with one of our exploratory advisors. 

Exploratory Guides

MBA Master of Business MBA Master of Business

Business Leadership and Management

Business Leadership and Management Guide
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Design, Creativity, Media, and Performance

Design, Creativity, Media, and Performance Guide
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Earth and the Environment

Earth and the Environment Guide
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Health, Human Behavior, and Allied Professions

Health, Human Behavior, and Allied Professions Guide
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Language, Culture, and Meaning

LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND MEANING GUIDE
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Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, and Mathematics

Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, and Mathematics Guide
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Society, Identity, and Justice

Society, Identity, and Justice Guide

Tips for Success

Tips for Success

  • Attend and participate in class 
  • Check your MSU Denver email regularly 
    • When emailing, ALWAYS include your name and 900/901# 
  • Have fun exploring (it’s okay to change your major!) 
  • Write down/keep track of important dates & deadlines (syllabus, university calendar, etc.) 
  • Register early (HINT: meet with an advisor every semester for guidance!) 
  • Ask for help! 
  • Take advantage of campus resources, including your advisor 

Important Tips

  • Complete your Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy requirements by your first 30 credits 
  • Check your MSU Denver email regularly
  • Meet with your Undeclared advisor at least once per semester to develop an academic plan
  • Strive to get a 2.0 GPA or higher

Career Planning Resources