Frequently Asked Questions


What are the advantages of starting at Cleveland State as an Exploratory student?

Starting out as an undecided Exploratory student will increase the probability that you will make a good choice of major. Your Exploratory advisor will assist you in researching your options and evaluating alternatives for an academic major, and help you conduct a thorough exploration for a major that will fit your academic strengths and interests. Once you make your decision about your major, you will transfer to the appropriate college advising office.

When do I have to make a decision about my major?

Students at Cleveland State University are required to declare their major by the time that they earn 60 credit hours, which generally puts them at the end of the sophomore year.

How long will I remain in Exploratory Advising?

Generally, students will remain in the Exploratory Advising Office until such time that they make a decision about their academic major, and/or meet the academic requirements to be accepted into the college of their choice. The central goal of the Exploratory Advising Office is to help and assist students in making a decision about their major, and then transition them to their appropriate college advising office as soon as possible.

Although there is no exact time limit for students to remain in Exploratory Advising, it is our goal to get students to declare their major by the end of their sophomore year (completion of 60 credit hours) at the very latest.

What courses should I take while I am exploring and deciding on an academic major?

Undecided students who are exploring different academic major options should take courses from the General Education Requirements core, which are required for all students regardless of their major, and introductory courses in majors that might be of potential interest. Your Exploratory advisor will assist you in selecting your courses and ensure that courses you complete as an undecided student will apply to graduation requirements.

Can I decide on more than one major?

Yes! Generally, students will complete one academic major, but students do have the option of having a double major, or completing the appropriate course work to earn degrees in two different majors. Another option for students with interest in two different areas of academic interest is to major in one subject area and earn a minor in a different subject area.

Where can I get assistance in choosing my major?

There are a number of resources that will be available to you as you explore your academic major. Your Exploratory advisor will assist you in making referrals and connections with different entities on campus, including the academic departments and faculty, the Career Services Center, and the Counseling and Testing Office, among others. Your exploration plan will include as many important connections as possible to allow you to make the best decision about your major.