Exploratory Studies: Exploring Global & Social Sciences


Majors in this track explore global and social issues as well as human concepts and interactions with an ever-changing world.

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 (2-3cr) – see placement and consult with advising professional
    • 1-credit Pre-Calculus courses (MATH117, 118, 124, 125, 126)
    • 3-Credit College Algebra (MATH120)
    • First Year Seminar (1-3cr)

Then, fill schedule with selections from AUCC and Exploratory courses to reach 14-16 total credits per 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 each semester

  • Schedule an Exploring Majors advising appointment   
  • Visit the different Cultural Centers and the Women & Gender Office
  • Join a student organization that aligns with your major(s) interests
  • Participate in Alternative Break or other service activities in the S.L.i.C.E office
  • Volunteer to be a mentor through the Campus Connections program
  • Check out Idealist.org
  • Look into getting an on-campus job
  • Consider applying for a RA or RamWelcome leader position

Exploratory Course Options

Exploratory Course Options

  • ACT210:Foundations of Accounting (30 cred min)
  • AGRI30: Issues in Agriculture (fall only)  
  • Assorted ANTH classes: 150, 225, 235, 260, 274, 275, (offerings vary by term)  
  • BUS205:Legal & Ethical Issues in Business (30 cred min)
  • SPCM232: Group Communication   
  • SPCM278D: Communication Skills or 278E or 278I  
  • Assorted ECON classes: 235, 310 (offerings vary by term)  
  • E179:Western American Literature
  • E234: Introduction to Native American Literature (spring)  
  • Assorted ETST classes: 201, 234, 239, 240, 253, 254, 256, 260, 261, 277 (offerings vary by term)  
  • FACS179: Introduction to Family & Consumer Sciences (spring only) **majors only until release date**  
  • FACS320: Personal & Family Finance (fall only)   
  • FIN200:Personal Finance and Investing (30 cred min)
  • HDFS201:Perspectives in Gerontology
  • HDFS217: Creative Experiences for Children **majors only until release date**  
  • Assorted HDFS classes 302, 310, 311, 312, 315 (offerings vary by term) **majors only until release date**  
  • JTC203: Television Studio Operations   
  • JTC204: Radio Operations
  • JTC210: Newswriting **majors only until release date  
  • JTC270: Analyzing Data in Journalism & Media   
  • MGT305: Fundamentals of Management (30 cred min)
  • MKT305: fundamentals of Marketing (30 cred min)
  • PHIL240: Philosophies of Peace and Nonviolence (fall only)  
  • Assorted PSY classes: 252, 260, 300, 305, 310, 315, 316, 320, 325, 327, 328 (offerings vary by term)  **some are majors only until release date**     
  • SOWK150: Introduction to Social Work

6-12 CREDITS AUCC or Exploratory Courses each semester depending on foundational credits