More ways to explore majors

Not sure what to major in? Interested in pre-law or pre-health? Want to know all the ways to study business? Read on.

At Ohio State, your academic options are wide and varied. From undecided majors to pre-professional programs, we'll help you find the right fit.

More than 20 percent of students enter Ohio State without an academic major. Rest assured: we’re well prepared to help you find your best fit.

You may select one of the programs below as a major until you find a degree program.

International students: Due to visa requirements, you may not declare University Exploration or undecided programs as majors.

University Exploration majors

If you want to sample courses before committing to a major or just have too many interests to narrow it down right now, you’re best bet is to start in University Exploration. You'll learn about your options through a well-designed system of assessment and advising, and you’ll stay on track toward graduation.

When you apply for admission to Ohio State, select either the general Exploration, Undecided major or one of Exploration's six theme areas:

  • Art, Innovation and Design Exploration
  • Behavior, Culture and Context Exploration
  • Education and Public Service Exploration
  • Health and Human Services Exploration
  • Management and Industry Exploration
  • Science, Technology and Environment Exploration

Undecided majors within a college or school

If you know what you’re good at and you have a general idea of the field you want to pursue, but haven’t decided on a specific major, consider beginning in an undecided program offered by five of Ohio State's colleges and schools.

When you apply for admission to Ohio State, select one of the following:

If you want to be a lawyer or go into a health profession, you’ll want to participate in one of Ohio State's pre-professional programs while completing an undergraduate degree of your choice. Pre-professional programs help you prepare for professional school after graduation. Identifying your pre-professional interest will enable your academic advisors to provide you with a wide range of support to realize your goals.

When you apply for admission to Ohio State, one of the application questions will ask if you are interested in a pre-professional program. There you can indicate your interest in:

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary medicine

Pre-professional programs are not majors, so you'll also need to select a major. Learn about recommended majors and more at preprofessional.osu.edu.

Perhaps your heart is set on a career in business. At Ohio State, the Fisher College of Business isn’t the only route to a business degree. And medical school isn’t the only way to have a career in the health field. And a STEM education can be as varied as your interests.

Because Ohio State has over 200 majors, there are many paths to popular career fields. We’ve created the following “pathways” to help you explore:

The Personalized Study Program (College of Arts and Sciences) gives students flexibility to design and complete a major that falls outside established academic departments or programs. This program is interdisciplinary, meaning you can take courses within multiple departments and even across colleges.

If you’re highly motivated, independent and passionate about a non-traditional discipline, this may be the right path for you. PSP is not a major, so you'll need to select a major when you apply for admission to Ohio State, then schedule an appointment with your academic advisor once you are enrolled. Learn more about the Personalized Study Program.