Butler University

Exploratory Studies: Debunking the Myths

Whitney Ramsay – Assistant Director of Admission

When considering which college to apply to and attend, you don’t make a decision after simply hearing its name. You make a decision after thoroughly researching it, visiting it, and asking yourself if it feels like home. Similarly, when considering choosing a major, there’s something to be said for doing the same.

Despite the fact that Exploratory Studies is one of Butler’s most popular first-year majors, there are several myths around applying as an Exploratory Studies major.

Myth #1: Students who apply Exploratory Studies graduate on time at lower rates than those who don’t.
False! Students who apply Exploratory Studies graduate on time at the same rates as those who don’t, thanks in large part to Butler’s Exploratory Studies advisors, housed in the Center for Academic Success and Exploration (CASE) office. Their one-on-one advising helps majors create their own roadmaps and follow their own paths.

Myth #2: Students who apply Exploratory Studies have lower employment or graduate school placement rates than those who don’t.
False! Students who apply Exploratory Studies have the same placement rates as those who don’t; a placement rate of 98%! You’re probably thinking...let me finish high school and apply to college...but we’re already thinking about what happens when you finish college. Not only are Butler grads securing jobs and admission to grad school, but they’re fulfilled and engaged in careers they love.

Myth #3: Students who apply Exploratory Studies look aimless.
False! For many, applying Exploratory Studies is an intentional choice. Some students are attracted to the Exploratory Studies course, designed to explore all 65+ majors at Butler through class shadows, job shadows, and interviews, while some are attracted to the Majors Fair, an opportunity to explore the majors through laid-back conversations with faculty and other program representatives.

Myth #4: Students who apply Exploratory Studies graduate with General Studies degrees.
False! While there is no major declaration deadline, students cannot graduate with an Exploratory Studies degree. About half of our students declare their major by the end of the first year, while the other half declare throughout their sophomore year. This ensures students have adequate time to explore, but ultimately graduate on time.

Interested in applying to Butler as an Exploratory Studies major? Learn more about the program and about how to apply or reach out to your admission counselor with questions. 

 

Exploratory Studies: Debunking the Myths