Exploratory First Year Program

Exploratory First Year Program

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 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

Freshman Year     
Fall Semester:Spring Semester:
CourseNameCreditsCourseNameCredits
CORE1001
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3CORE-ENGL
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3


Math Elective3Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Explore Survey Option3Explore Survey Option3
Explore Survey Option3PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3
IDST1001Academic and Career Exploration I3IDST1002Academic and Career Exploration II3
Credits Per Semester:15Credits Per Semester: 15
 Explore Survey Options 
Course: NumberCourse: NameRequired by Majors:
MGMT1001Introduction to Business ModelsAll business majors including sports management
SPMG2302Introduction to Sports Management Sports Management Major
EDUC1010 Introduction to Early Childhood EducationEarly Childhood and Youth Education Major
PHIL1001Introduction to PhilosophyLiberal Arts Major
HUMN1001Introduction to HumanitiesLiberal Arts Major
HUMN2103Global Citizenship and Community EngagementGlobal
PSYC2105Social PsychologyLiberal Arts
SOCI1001Introduction to SociologyLiberal Arts, Psychology, Exercise Science, Criminal Justice
JUST1100Criminal Justice System and ProcessCriminal Justice
LGLS2102Criminal LawCriminal Justice, Liberal Arts (Pre-Law)
CPTR1100Computer Programing IComputer Science
BIOL1001Biology IBiology

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.