Not sure which major to pursue? Exploratory may be the place to start.

Exploratory is a pathway at JMU allows students to take courses from a variety of areas across campus with the goal of finding their best-fit major.  Exploratory Advising supports and guides students in the process of finding a major, helping students thoughtfully explore their interests, goals and career aspirations through a variety of resources. 

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1 out of 8 students select Exploratory as their intended major.
Begin taking courses that align with your interests.

Exploratory is an advisory program for students. It is not a student's final major.

Beginning in Fall 2023, Exploratory students will have eight Areas of Interest from which to select. Choose the one that best reflects your current intended pathway for a major at JMU.

Incoming Students

As an incoming freshman or transfer student, you may choose Exploratory as your intended major during the Orientation process. 

Current Students

If you are a current student wishing to change your major to Exploratory, you must complete a request through MyMadison. Please follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request. Once all necessary steps are completed, University Advising will either approve, deny, or contact you for additional information regarding you request.  University Advising generally discourages changing to Exploratory after completion of your second semester and/or June 1.

Exploratory: Areas of Interest
  • Choose from: 
    • Arts
    • Business
    • Education
    • Health
    • Humanities
    • Social Sciences
    • STEM
    • Exploratory

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