Some students enter college knowing exactly which major they wish to pursue. Other new students want to explore their options before they declare a major. We want to ensure that you stay on track to graduate in four years while you are “exploring.” That is important for you academically and financially.
College policy requires that students choose a major by the time they have earned 45 credits. This includes transfer and test credits as well as college credits earned while still in high school (like RIC’s Early Enrollment Program). But if you are not quite sure of your direction, how do you choose your courses?
The college has created five Academic Rhode Maps, each of which represents an exploring area for new freshmen and transfers (with fewer than 45 credits) who have not yet decided on a major. The maps include the majors associated with those five broad areas of focus, and each has a three-semester academic plan.
- Exploring Arts
- Exploring Business
- Exploring Humanities
- Exploring Science/Math
- Exploring Social & Behavioral Sciences
The maps have important Rhode Map Checkpoints and recommended course choices for each semester. Checkpoints will help you determine if you are on track to graduate in four years and include the number of credits to complete each semester, your minimum target GPA and your advising schedule.
The Office of Academic Support & Information Services (OASIS) will serve as your academic advisor while you are “exploring.” Meeting with your advisor and following the Rhode Map will help you select a major by the time you reach 45 credits.