Many students are undecided about their major when they enter the university. Undecided students who are designated University Exploratory Students and are advised by Arts and Sciences Advising Services. While it is proper to explore alternative choices, students should also pursue a course of study that culminates in graduation. For this reason, there is a limit to the length of time students may remain University Students.
“All full-time, degree-seeking UT Knoxville students must transition out of the exploratory track into a major no later than the end of their fourth tracking semester. Transfer students with less than 45 hours of transferrable work who are admitted as exploratory students must transition out of the exploratory track into a major no later than the end of their second full semester at UT. – Academic Catalog, University Exploratory Program”
The Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration
Meeting with a staff member in the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration can make an advising appointment more productive. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment via Handshake. Some students may find it helpful to take the Strong Interest Inventory or Pathway before meeting with a counselor. Students should also check out What Can I Do With This Major? to find lots of great information about the majors offered at UT.
Arts and Sciences Major Video Series
What does it mean to major in the College of Arts and Sciences? What can you expect to learn over the course of the next four years and be able to do with the knowledge you gain?
Faculty from every major in the College of Arts and Sciences have created 3 to 5-minute videos to help you answer these questions.
By watching these videos, you will…
- See why it’s exciting to study specific disciplines
- Gain an understanding of what majors will study
- Learn about opportunities within the major such as research, study abroad, internships, student organizations, etc.
- Gain insight into career opportunities in each field
Visual & Performing Arts
- Africana Studies
- Global Studies
- Political Science
- Asian Studies
- Judaic Studies
- Latin American & Caribbean Studies
- Medieval & Renaissance Studies
- Middle East Studies
- Women, Gender, and Sexuality
- Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
- Earth & Planetary Sciences
- Physics & Astronomy