What will you study at KU?

You may have a major in mind. You may end up changing it. Or you may still be exploring your options. No matter which path you take, we’ll guide you to graduation. Here are our recommendations for kicking things off.

Review your options, again

You’ve probably already pored through KU’s fields of study. But now that you’ve met with your advisor and your first year awaits, it may help to revisit the possibilities.

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Explore with confidence

In your first semester, your advisor will guide you toward an Exploratory Pathway — one of six tracks designed to help you decide on a major. Exploratory Pathways allow you to satisfy KU Core requirements, which means you can stay on track to graduation even as you investigate your options.

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Earn a different kind of experience

Student washing yellow squash with a garden hose as part of the CCO Earth Program.

Experiential learning certificates

Experiential learning programs allow students to apply their education outside of the classroom, all the while earning experience that could translate to a future major or career.
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Study abroad

KU offers study abroad programs in more than 70 countries, with courses taught in over 20 languages. With semester, academic year, summer, and short-term break programs, Jayhawks can make studying abroad fit any academic schedule.
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Service learning

Service Learning combines academic-based opportunities with community service. Students may take designated service-learning courses, complete a Certificate in Service Learning as a part of fulfilling the KU Core Goal 5 requirement, or participate in co-curricular volunteer activities.
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Undergraduate research

By starting undergraduate research early in your KU career, you’ll learn valuable skills, investigate new areas of study, and make faculty connections that could open doors down the road.