Exploratory Studies: Arts, Humanities and Design


Majors in this track focus on design, strategic communications, spatial and product design, languages, thought and expression, and more.

This is a guide and should be used in conjunction with advising.

MATH Placement:

Majors in this track require a minimum of 3 credits of math for graduation at CSU.  Some majors have specific math requirements in the pre-calculus sequence, while others allow students a choice (MATH101, STAT100, or pre-calculus). Students should complete Math Placement prior to enrollment and complete math in the first year.

English Composition Placement:

Students should consult the composition placement website to determine if the placement survey is needed and work with an advisor on building it into the first-year plan.  

Foundational First Year Courses

1st Year Courses

  • CO150 College Composition (3cr)
  • MATH (3cr) – see placement and consult with advising professional to discuss options based on interests.
  • First Year Seminar (1-3cr)

  • Then, filling schedule to 14-16 credits total with selected AUCC or Exploratory Courses each semester

Remember, CO150 should be done in the 1st year, not necessarily the 1st semester

Extra-curricular Exploration

Exploratory Studies students should engage in at least 2 exploration activities in each semester

Attend a performing arts event or art show 

Walk through the Curffman Gallery in the LSC or the Art Building.  

Visit the Richardson Design Center 

Attend a poetry reading or author’s talk 

Visit the CSU Test Gardens 

Schedule an Exploring Majors advising appointment

Join a student organization

Attend instructor office-hours

Education Abroad – explore for future years

Exploratory Course Options

  • AM101: Fashion Industries (fall only)
  • ANTH225: Anthropology of the Arts (fall only)
  • ART 110 : Global Art History 1 (fall only)  **majors only until release date in Dec/ July**  
  • ART120: Foundations – Time & Structure (limited seats available)  
  • ART 135: Foundations – Form & Observation **majors only until release date **  
  • ART160: Foundations – Color & Composition **majors only until release date**  
  • ART170: Foundations – Materials & Space **majors only until release date**  
  • ART231: Photo Image making for non-majors (summer)  
  • ART236: Figure Drawing (spring only)  
  • ART280: Experimental topics in Art  
  • IDEA310:  Topics in Design thinking
  • FACS179: Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences (spring only)
  • LAND230: Drawing the Landscape (fall only / **majors only)    
  • L*** Languages (fall/spring, limited levels for some languages) 

CREDITS Exploratory Courses each semester Depending on foundational credit