Department of Exploratory Studies
Kelsey Hammitt, M.Ed.
Director of Student Services
The Department of Exploratory Studies serves as an entry point to The University of Toledo for students who are exploring college majors, or working to meet the admission requirements of a specific program/college. It also offers services to enhance a student's transition to the university setting and become successful in their academic pursuits. The Department of Exploratory Studies includes services for non-degree seeking students, Pre-major students, Exploratory Studies students, College Credit Plus, and the QUEST students who are undecided on their major.
Student Exploring Majors
The QUEST Program ensures that students who are undecided on a major and are exploring their options have access to the resources necessary to make informed academic and career choices. Students can stay in the QUEST Program for a maximum of three academic semesters. At any time during the three semesters, providing they meet the requirements for their chosen major, students can declare a major in an academic college.
The program provides academic advising that serves the various needs of students choosing a major and refers them to other campus events, services, and resources such as Career Events, tutoring, career development, and others as necessary. While in the QUEST program, students work to fulfill general education requirements. Employers are looking for college-educated employees with transferable job skills. QUEST helps students gain these skills, which include critical thinking, decision-making, and adaptation to change.
Students that do not meet the admission requirements for the college of their choice are placed into the Department of Exploratory Studies. Students may take advantage of advisors and Success Coaches who will guide them through the process as they prepare to enter their chosen program or college. Advisors are dedicated to helping students make the right choice in scheduling classes and to making referrals if additional academic support is needed. After a student’s first semester within Exploratory Studies, they will be re-evaluated to determine if they meet the requirements to officially declare a major in the college of their choice. While in Exploratory Studies, students work to fulfill general education requirements and take UC 1000, a one (1) credit Orientation course and UC 1120, a two (2) credit Career and Self-evaluation course.
The Pre-Major Program here in University College is aimed at providing the additional services and programs needed to assist students with fulfilling their educational goals.
During the time as a pre-major student, a student will:
- Take a reduced credit load
- Attend a specialized orientation course
- UC 1150: Orientation for College Success (3-credits)
- Participate in a cohort based curriculum
After a student’s first semester within the Pre-Major Program, students will be re-evaluated to determine if they meet the requirements to officially declare a major in the college of their choice.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Students who are not seeking a degree, yet want to gain new skills or enhance an existing skill, expand career development, or explore new subject matter for personal growth can find a place in The Department of Exploratory Studies. Students can take up to 24 semester hours of undergraduate college credit as a non-degree seeking student.
Change of College or Major to Exploratory Studies
Students in good standing (i.e., with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher) who wish to change from another college of The University of Toledo to the Department of Exploratory Studies should make an appointment with an advisor to discuss the transfer and have their academic records reviewed. Student transfers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students who have decided on an academic major or are qualified to transfer from the Department of Exploratory Studies into the college or program of their choice must meet the academic criteria set by the receiving college or program. Students should make an appointment to discuss their transfer with an advisor in the college they wish to enter.