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University Studies: Exploring Options

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Many of Clarkson's brightest students begin college without a specific major because they have broad abilities and a wide range of interests. If you’re this kind of person, University Studies may be the perfect program for you. University Studies allows you to investigate options during your first year. You take foundation courses from all four of our academic areas:
  1. Business
  2. Engineering
  3. Liberal arts
  4. Science. 

At the end of two semesters, you can enroll in any major and still earn your bachelor's degree in four years.

The University Studies program ensures that you don’t need to rush into a very important decision. You will gain knowledge about different academic areas and about your own strongest interests and abilities. Plus, you will build a strong core academic foundation that will improve your perspective in any professional field. You will also take advantage of Clarkson's technology-rich environment.

During the summer, the University Studies director, who is also your academic advisor, will call you to discuss your first-semester courses. Additionally, you’ll meet individually with your academic advisor within the first two weeks of classes to talk in depth about your career and academic interests and to receive extensive personalized advising. 

Presentations and events by Clarkson faculty from all four areas cover not only courses and curricula, but also career goals and campus activities. At career fairs , you can talk about professions with employers and learn what they're looking for in graduates. You can also meet Clarkson alumni, who will share their experiences and insights. In class and in extracurricular activities, you will get to know other students who will tell you about different programs and the kinds of people attracted to various fields.

For more information about the University Studies program, stop by the University Studies Office located in the Student Success Center, Suite 1400, or call 315.268.3948.