The Exploratory Program is an initiative of the Academic Advising & Retention Center (AARC) created to further enable students to be successful in their college experience. The Exploratory Program is for all students who are currently exploring their major options, those who have not chosen a major and those who wish to change their major. Students who utilize the Exploratory Program will find the tools and resources necessary to guide them toward a major and career path that is best suited for their abilities and aspirations.
We recommend discussing the results of any assessments that you take online with a career counselor in the Center for Career and Professional Development office or with your academic advisor.
Holland Code Career Test
Discover the best jobs for you with the powerful system of Holland career codes. This free test will identify your strongest career interest among six occupational themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (a.k.a. RIASEC).
You'll discover your top interest area and what that means for you. You'll also learn how you scored in the other 5 interest areas. Finally, you'll see a list of suggested careers based on your interest profile.
Jung Typology Test
After completing the Jung Typology Test, you will obtain: Your type formula according to Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typology along with the strengths of the preferences. The description of your personality type. The list of occupations and educational institutions where you can get relevant degree or training, most suitable for your personality type.
The MyPlan website that helps you narrow your career options so that you can begin to choose a major and is made available through WKU's Center for Career and Professional Development. You can find out how to utilize the MyPlan service by going to the The Center for Career and Professional Development MyPlan Page.
MyMajors is an online resource for exploring different majors. MyMajors offers a quiz to assist students in their exploration process.
PathSource App (iPhone)
The PathSource app allows you find the best major and career for you based on several assessments, including a career assessment and a lifestyle assessment. In the app, you can learn your Holland code indicators (Realistic, Conventional, Artistic, Social, Investigative, and Enterprising) as well as estimate the salary necessary for your lifestyle. You can search career information and see what states have the most job availability, where you would earn the highest salary, and learn about local (Bowling Green, or your home town) career data.
WKU Undergraduate Academic Programs
Western Kentucky University offers numerous choices for undergraduate areas of study through majors, minors, associate degree programs, certificate programs, pre-professional study, and areas of concentration within majors. The full list of Undergraduate Academic Programs is provided by the Office of the Registrar. Use this list to explore departmental descriptions of WKU's academic programs.
What Can I Do With This Major?
You may be asking What Can I do with this Major? While a particular major may sound enticing, it is not always clear what job opportunities may follow that major. This resource offered through WKU's Center for Career and Professional Development is a useful tool for connecting career options and majors.
Top 10 Majors
WKU College's Webpages
Each college at WKU has a webpage that you can also use to further explore their specific majors.
WKU Four Year Degree Paths
The Degree Paths show appropriate timing and spacing of general education, core course requirements, elective suggestions, prerequisites and displays how each of these requirements may be met during a four-year time frame.
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