The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Exploratory Track Program

You won’t know until you try.

You’ve got a lot of interests, but you’re not sure how they translate into what you want to “do” with your life. That’s perfectly okay—you don’t have to decide yet. If you’re an incoming first year student who is deciding on a major, the Exploratory Track gives you the freedom to explore your options.

At SBS, you’ll receive a challenging, well-rounded education, and you’ll discover new talents. We want you to do what you love, and we’ll help you find it. 

You’re eying journalism, drawn to the idea of interviewing strangers and writing stories on a tight deadline? Economics sounds fascinating, but what about the math? Landscape Architecture could be great, but do you have the organizational and planning chops to make it work? The SBS Exploratory Track allows you to dip a toe into the different majors within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. You can learn first hand what best matches your interests, goals and skills before declaring your major.

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Work closely with a dedicated advisor who will help you choose your courses based on your interests and curiosity. If your interests lie outside of SBS, your advisor can help you make the switch to another college at UMass.

Learn about experiential and co-curricular opportunities such as study abroad, clubs, and internships. We’ll introduce you to all of the exciting possibilities in the classroom and beyond.

Join a unique first-year seminar that will ease your transition into life as a college student. You’ll quickly develop close bonds with other students and professors, and you’ll engage in activities that will help you identify an academic major.

Your Advisors

Rhys Livingstone
Academic Advisor specializing in Exploratory Advising

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