University Studies

The University Studies program is designed to introduce you to the broadest range of academic areas offered by Miami University. The support and guidance you receive from academic advisors in the College of Arts and Science, as well as from faculty advisors and career specialists, will also help you:

  • Develop a sense of your interests and aptitudes
  • Create a strong academic plan
  • Declare a major by end of first semester, sophomore year
  • Identify and access available resources
  • Comprehend basic university policies

During Summer Orientation, you will begin to work with an advisor to meet your education and career goals.

This advising partnership will continue throughout your semesters in University Studies and beyond. You will meet with your advisor:

  • at Summer Orientation
  • in October or November of your first year to plan for spring semester
  • in March or April of your first year to plan for summer and/or fall semester
  • whenever you have questions related to your academics

Courses you complete in University Studies will satisfy graduation requirements.

Once you have determined your field of study, you may declare a major in any part of the university, including:

  • College of Arts and Science
  • Farmer School of Business
  • College of Creative Arts
  • College of Education, Health and Society
  • College of Engineering and Computing

Explore Majors

Below are some suggestions that can help you discover a major that's right for you:

  • Take courses that explore different fields of study. You can usually do this while completing your Miami Plan Foundation and/or divisional requirements.
  • Review the majors available in CAS at Miami University.
  • Make a list of majors that you do not want and a list of majors you want to explore. However, don't eliminate a major just because you don't know what it is.
  • Visit the web pages listed on What Can I Do With a Major in ...?.
  • Meet with your CAS advisor and with lead departmental advisors to discuss the majors in which you are interested. See also the list of advisors for CAS minors.
  • Get involved in student organizations that can help you explore different academic interests.

Explore Careers

You can also get an idea of what you want to major in by learning about careers. These suggestions that can help you understand the relationship between majors and career choices:

  • Take Career Development for College Students (EDL 100).
  • Take advantage of Second Year Programs.
  • Make an appointment with a career advisor in the Center for Career Exploration and Success to discuss career testing and to clarify major/career options.
  • Conduct informational interviews and/or set up shadowing experiences with professionals in your fields of interest.
  • Check out career planning resources (Center for Career Exploration and Success).
  • Check out CareerChat podcasts (Center for Career Exploration and Success).