What is Exploratory Advising?

Are you unsure of which major is the best fit? It is perfectly normal not to 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.

The resources linked throughout this page will help you get started on the journey to exploring different majors and selecting your area of study!

Need a refresher on what we covered during orientation?  Watch the presentation below!

Need to Reach Us?

We are located in the Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB), Suite 170.

Meeting with an Advisor

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Advising Appointments and Drop-in Advising

Advising During Busy Times of Year

If you can’t find appointment availability for your advisor in Navigate Student, send them an email to determine options and next steps. Our office also offers drop-in advising during certain busy times of year. Check back here for updates related to drop-in advising!

Advising is not mandatory, but highly encouraged, especially for Exploratory/undeclared students!  We are available for advising appointments in person in JSSB and virtually over Teams.

Here are some tips to make the most of your advising appointments:

  • Check your MSU Denver student email account for an appointment confirmation email, and for pre-meeting instructions
  • If you are unable to make your advising appointment, please contact our office or cancel/reschedule your appointment in Navigate
  • Have some questions written down. An appointment is usually 30 minutes, so we want to maximize the time you have together!
  • Check out our Major Exploration Worksheet ahead of time
  • Review our Major Exploration Guides to learn more about specific majors, grouped into broader categories
  • Be prepared to ask questions and take notes during the meeting

Tips for Success

Our Roadrunner Success Guide is a great resource
for help with all things college.

View (and bookmark!) the guide

Click each section below to view additional information.

Choosing Your Major

Not sure where to start?
Our Major Exploration Worksheet can help narrow down your options.

Download the worksheet here

Major Exploration Guides

Ready to start thinking about your career and how to get there? Check out our Major and Career Exploration Guide!

Download the Major and Career Exploration Guide

Use our Major Exploration Guides to learn more about majors, grouped by common themes.

Each guide contains an overview of themes, potential majors and minors to explore further, and suggestions for general studies courses and other exploratory courses that students can take as an introduction to the major.

MBA Master of Business MBA Master of Business

Business Leadership and Management

Business Leadership and Management Guide
An art student wears a face covering while painting a class project.

Design, Creativity, Media, and Performance

Design, Creativity, Media, and Performance Guide
Mountain Range with field

Earth and the Environment

Earth and the Environment Guide
Health profession students studying

Health, Human Behavior, and Allied Professions

Health, Human Behavior, and Allied Professions Guide
Ann Williams leading a French class

Language, Culture, and Meaning

4 students in Chemistry class at MSU Denver

Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, and Mathematics

Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, and Mathematics Guide
Adults learning in a classroom

Society, Identity, and Justice

Society, Identity, and Justice Guide

Registering for Classes

Do you already know what classes you need to take and want help registering or connecting to campus resources?

Connect with a Peer Mentor for help!

Meeting with your Academic Advisor

  • Registration typically starts 3-5 months before the start of the semester
  • Courses fill up quickly, plan ahead and register for courses as soon as your registration time begins in order to have the best selection of courses
  • Plan to meet with your Academic Advisor before registration begins to discuss your schedule

Planning Your Schedule

  • Review your Degree Progress Report to determine which courses still need to be taken
  • Complete your Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy requirements by your first 30 credits (first 45 credits for your second Written Communication requirement)
  • If you need to take a placement test for Written Communication or Quantitative Literacy, visit the Office of Testing Services website for more information
  • Learn more about General Studies course options here
  • When reviewing course options, remember to check for prerequisite and corequisite requirements
  • Think about the best course delivery methods for your learning style, and how many courses per semester you are able to balance with your other commitments

Adding and Dropping Courses

Registering as a Non-Degree Seeking Student

A Non-Degree Seeking student is a student looking to take classes at MSU Denver without earning a degree here.  This is not the same as being an Undeclared/Exploratory student.

Non-Degree Seeking students can register for classes by following the steps above, and are not required to meet with an Academic Advisor.

If the class you want to take has prerequisite requirements, you must work with the academic department to request a prerequisite override. Contact information for each department is available on their website.

  • Some departments have a request form linked on their website, be sure to check before sending an email.
  • If you submit your request by email, be sure to use your MSU student email, include your first and last name, include your student ID#, and attach a unofficial copy of your transcript along with any other relevant documentation.
  • If your request is approved, the academic department will help you with next steps in registering for the class.

Withdrawing from Classes

If you are an Exploratory Student and need to withdraw, please contact an Exploratory Advisor to discuss your next steps.

Meet with an Academic Advisor

Checklist for Withdrawing

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss your reason for withdrawing – what you are experiencing, why you want to withdraw, and outline your plans to return to MSU Denver for a subsequent semester.
  • Contact the Office of Financial Aid about your plans to withdraw to determine the financial impact as it pertains to your scholarships, financial aid and outstanding balance, if applicable.
  • If you have a hold on your account that prevents you from making changes, you can contact the Office of the Registrar at 303-556-3991 or email [email protected] to have the hold temporarily removed in order to withdraw.
  • If you and your academic advisor determine withdrawing is your best option, navigate to the Student Hub and follow the instructions on the Drop and Withdrawal page to withdraw from your course(s) before the withdrawal deadline.
  • If you have missed the withdrawal deadline, you may be eligible for an Administrative Withdrawal.
  • Once you withdraw, please complete the MSU Denver Exit Survey that will be sent to your MSU email within 24 hours of withdrawing.

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Want to connect with Exploratory Advising?

Book an Appointment with Exploratory Advising

Location: Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) Suite 170

Phone: (303) 615-2025

Email: [email protected]