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University Exploration – Education and Public Service Exploration

Campus: Columbus

Program: University Exploration

Undecided students who enjoy teaching, training and helping others learn and those who see themselves in a career helping others and shaping future generations will find that education and public service exploration best helps them investigate their options. Advisors help undecided students find majors that connect with education and teaching. These majors include Ohio State’s undergraduate and graduate education licensure programs and degrees where education and training feature in the possible career outcomes, like public affairs or human resources.   

Sample majors:

  • community leadership
  • extension education
  • human development and family studies
  • public affairs

Students in University Exploration focus primarily on general education course work, prerequisite courses for competitive majors, and courses to explore majors when they are appropriate and suggested by an academic advisor. Working closely with academic advisors, students maintain degree progress and stay on track for a timely graduation.

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The University Exploration Honors Program, EXP Honors, allows high-achieving students to pursue a rigorous academic curriculum while actively exploring majors. Through the development of a personalized and challenging academic program, EXP Honors students are prepared for a smooth transition into the honors program for their chosen major. 
University Exploration Scholars students can participate in any of the Scholars programs offered at Ohio State regardless of their areas of academic interest. Scholars Program students in University Exploration receive the benefits of being part of a Scholars community while engaging in active exploration of majors.

The Exploration Learning Community connects students who are discovering academic and career aspirations. It also facilitates group experiences and opportunities for students to reflect on their goals at Ohio State and beyond. This program is for students who are undecided or students who know exactly what they want to do but are unsure of the best path. The program sponsors specific activities designed to introduce students to a variety of different majors and career options.

Learning community highlights:

  • academic advising in the residence hall
  • opportunities to explore campus and Columbus with other new students
  • major and career decision resources
  • workshops on study skills and time management
  • activities designed to introduce students to a variety of different majors and career opportunities
  • connections to faculty and staff from many different areas
  • participation in our early engagement program

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Education and Public Service Exploration is one of six focus areas in University Exploration.