The Exploratory First Year Program is an option students can choose if they are uncertain about what they want to major in when they start at the College. Students who engage in this program are block scheduled into a two semester course (fall and spring), which helps them explore the industries represented in ten of the majors that Becker College offers degrees in. Students get instruction from faculty in each major, a student speaker from each major, an industry guest speaker from each discipline, as well as exposure to career paths in each industry. In addition students in this program get the benefit of advising by College staff, and support from a peer mentor.
Should a student be able to determine a major during their first semester, they may begin course work in that major during their second semester. Or, they can learn more by continuing through a second exploratory semester. By focusing on core class requirements while going through the exploratory exercises, students stay on track for graduation because at Becker College we think it is okay to take a little time to decide what you want to major in.
Sample Exploratory First Year Curriculum
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits||Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|Fall Semester:||Spring Semester:|
|CORE1001||Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm||3||CORE-ENGL ||The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems||3|
|Math Elective||3||Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||3|
|Explore Survey Option||3||Explore Survey Option||3|
|Explore Survey Option||3||PSYC1001||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|IDST1001||Academic and Career Exploration I||3||IDST1002||Academic and Career Exploration II||3|
|Credits Per Semester:||15||Credits Per Semester:||15|
|Course: Number||Course: Name||Required by Majors:|
|Explore Survey Options|
|MGMT1001||Introduction to Business Models||All business majors including sports management|
|SPMG2302||Introduction to Sports Management||Sports Management Major|
|EDUC1010||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||Early Childhood and Youth Education Major|
|PHIL1001||Introduction to Philosophy||Liberal Arts Major
|HUMN1001||Introduction to Humanities||Liberal Arts Major|
|HUMN2103||Global Citizenship and Community Engagement||Global|
|PSYC2105||Social Psychology||Liberal Arts|
|SOCI1001||Introduction to Sociology||Liberal Arts, Psychology, Exercise Science, Criminal Justice|
|JUST1100||Criminal Justice System and Process||Criminal Justice|
|LGLS2102||Criminal Law||Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts (Pre-Law)|
|CPTR1100||Computer Programing I||Computer Science|
Majors offered: BS in Business, BS in Sports Management, BS in Exercise Science, BA in Early Childhood and Youth Education, BA in Liberal Arts, BA in Global Citizenship, BA in Psychology, BS in Biology, BS in Applied Computer Science, and BS in Criminal Justice.
PLEASE NOTE: This option is NOT available for those who want to major in Nursing, Veterinary Science, or Interactive Media/ Game Design.