Major Exploration serves as the advising home for Saint Louis University students who are deciding or reconsidering an academic major.
Unlike other academic advising offices, major exploration advising offers you ongoing, structured support through a dedicated University 101 course tailored to help you orient to SLU.
The goal of major exploration academic advising is to guide you in identifying your skills, interests and abilities so you can apply this knowledge to your major decision. We want you to feel comfortable discussing various majors without feeling pressured or judged. We are specifically trained in working with undecided students and are knowledgeable about all majors and associated curriculums. We are here to help you discern, decide and be successful.
To be successful in major exploration, all students must:
Students must adhere to the requirements for good academic standing as outlined in the Saint Louis University undergraduate academic catalog.
Major exploration students who are placed on academic probation will receive additional support to promote academic retention and success. Each major exploration student will be required to complete a self-assessment and meet with Megan Shaffer, major exploration academic advising program director, within the first two weeks of the upcoming semester. Failure to complete this meeting will result in a hold being placed on the student's account.
Major exploration students who have been dismissed from SLU for academic reasons, but have petitioned for and been approved for reinstatement are admitted on special probation. These students will receive additional support to promote academic retention and success and must complete a required meeting with Megan Shaffer and a student success coach within the first two weeks of the upcoming semester. Failure to complete this meeting will nullify the student's reinstatement and the student will be dismissed.
Although Saint Louis University does not require you to declare your major by a specific deadline, the major exploration advising program has an expectation that you will make a choice by the end of your second semester. If you do continue in major exploration after your second semester, you will be required to complete additional exploration activities and advising meetings.
Approximately 30 percent of students who start with our office in the fall will declare their major after one semester with our office. After two semesters of working with our office, approximately 90 percent of students have declared their major.
If you have not declared a major after two consecutive semesters of working with the major exploration adviser, or one semester if you are a transfer student with 30 or more credits, you will be asked to complete a duration policy petition explaining what exploration activities you have completed as well as what you hope to accomplish with an additional semester with major exploration. You must petition for every semester thereafter.
First-time freshmen advisees are required to enroll in University 101 for major exploration and meet with their adviser at least once. All advisees in their second semester are required to meet with their academic adviser at least twice and a career development specialist at least once each semester. Typically advisees meet with their advisers every three to four weeks.