First Year Exploratory Studies

About the Program

The First-Year Exploratory Studies program allows students to explore their academic options before declaring a major and stay on track with credits during their first year. With the help of an advisor, students can select courses based on their unique interests and goals.

To focus the journey, there are two tracks available: Business, Humanities, and Social Science Track; and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Track. By the end of the first year, students select a major of choice and are guided toward a future career path.

The First-Year Exploratory Studies program empowers students to make well-informed decisions around choosing a degree program, getting involved on campus, and following their ambitions.

Additional Information

More information about the First-Year Exploratory Studies program can be found on the Goodwin College of Professional Studies website.

Degree Requirements

University Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
UNIV G101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
Social Science electives18.0
Science courses8.0
Program Requirements
FYE 102Academic Exploration and Planning2.0
FYE 103Career Exploration and Planning2.0
Exploratory Track courses125.0
Free electives5.0
Total Credits180.0

Sample Plan of Study

4 years, no co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
MATH 1014.0FYE 1022.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV G1011.0MATH 1024.0FYE 1032.0 
Exploratory Track course3.0Exploratory Track courses6.0Exploratory Track course3.0 
Social Science elective3.0 Social Science elective3.0 
 14 15 12 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Exploratory Track course3.0Exploratory Track courses6.0Exploratory Track courses15.0VACATION
Exploratory Track course4.0Free elective3.0  
Free elective*3.0Science course4.0  
Science course4.0Social Science elective3.0  
Social Science elective3.0   
 17 16 15 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Exploratory Track courses12.0Exploratory Track courses12.0Exploratory Track courses12.0VACATION
Social Science elective3.0Social Science elective3.0Exploratory Track course4.0 
 15 15 16 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Exploratory Track courses15.0Exploratory Track courses15.0Exploratory Track courses15.0 
 15 15 15 
Total Credits 180

4 years, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0 
MATH 1014.0FYE 1022.0COOP 101*1.0 
UNIV G1011.0MATH 1024.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
Exploratory Track course3.0Exploratory Track courses6.0FYE 1032.0 
Social Science elective3.0 Exploratory Track course3.0 
  Social Science elective3.0 
 14 15 13 
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Exploratory Track course3.0Exploratory Track courses6.0Exploratory Track courses15.0Exploratory Track courses12.0
Exploratory Track course4.0Free elective3.0 Social Science elective3.0
Free elective2.0Science course4.0  
Science course4.0Social Science elective3.0  
Social Science elective3.0   
 16 16 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEExploratory Track courses12.0Exploratory Track courses12.0
  Social Science elective3.0Exploratory Track course4.0
 0 0 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Exploratory Track courses15.0Exploratory Track courses15.0Exploratory Track courses15.0 
 15 15 15 
Total Credits 180

5 years, 3 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
MATH 1014.0FYE 1022.0COOP 101*1.0 
UNIV G1011.0MATH 1024.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
Exploratory Track course3.0Exploratory Track courses6.0FYE 1032.0 
Social Science elective3.0 Exploratory Track course3.0 
  Social Science elective3.0 
 14 15 13 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Exploratory Track course3.0Exploratory Track courses6.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Exploratory Track course4.0Free elective3.0  
Free elective2.0Science course4.0  
Science course4.0Social Science elective3.0  
Social Science elective3.0   
 16 16 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Exploratory Track courses15.0Exploratory Track courses12.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
 Social Science elective3.0  
 15 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Exploratory Track courses12.0Exploratory Track courses12.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Social Science elective3.0Exploratory Track course4.0  
 15 16 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Exploratory Track courses15.0Exploratory Track courses15.0Exploratory Track courses15.0 
 15 15 15 
Total Credits 180
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