At the UO, an "explorer" is a student who has not yet decided about a major or minor. If that describes you, you are in good company. Nearly one-third of incoming UO students are exploring major possibilities when they enroll, so there's no need to feel pressured to decide on a major right away.
Until you have decided on one, you can explore areas of career and personal interest through Flight Paths.
Flight Paths are six thematic categories that will serve as a framework for you to explore subjects, to help with eventually choosing a career path and a major. Flight Paths will help connect you with the right major early in your academic career by intentionally exploring your true interests and strengths and discovering various ways you can reach an intended career goal.
Advisors in the Flight Paths and in the Office of Academic Advising can help you on this journey. Before you begin your freshman year, and throughout your academic career, you'll be able to work closely with them, asking questions, choosing classes, and considering your major decision.
During IntroDUCKtion, the on-campus orientation program, you'll meet with an advisor for your Flight Path.
Once you're enrolled, this advisor will continue to work with you until you declare a major.
Each academic department has faculty members who'll answer your questions about their fields and advise you about specific major requirements.
The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) provides self-identified students of color with additional academic advising, advocacy, and other assistance.
PathwayOregon students participate in a robust advising program throughout their undergraduate journey.
In February 2017, the UO implemented a new policy on major declaration: Undergraduates should declare a major by the end of the 4th week of their 6th term of enrollment; transfer students should declare a major by the end of the 4th week of their 3rd term of enrollment at UO.
If you have not declared a major by this time, you are required to meet with an advisor to discuss your options.
In addition to a major, you may also elect to pursue a minor. Earning a minor is a great way to supplement your major education with an additional or complementary field of study. The UO has 70 to choose from.