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Exploring at Central
Not sure of your major? You're not alone! Nearly two-thirds of Central's first-year students are unclear about their major when they arrive on campus. That's okay! You're part of the 75 percent of American college students who either start their college career as undecided or change their major at least once. It's all part of the process of exploring your options.

At Central College, students who start as Exploring can still graduate in four years! In fact, they graduate in four years at the same rate as the rest of the student body. You are not required to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year, so the key is to use your first two years wisely! Central has lots of resources available to help you evaluate your options and make an informed decision you can feel confident about.



Who to Talk To
People are the best resources of all! There are lots of people at Central who are ready to answer your questions. Here's who to ask:

Successful Careers

Starting as an exploring student at Central won't keep you from building toward a great career. These former exploring students found jobs after graduation and graduate school programs they needed to be successful:


Internships are a great way to gain career experience. Central students can do internships in the Pella and Des Moines area, on our Chicago or Washington, DC programs, or at one of Central's eight study abroad sites. Past internship sites of exploring students include:

Learn more about internships at Central.


Here is a sample course and additional tools for exploring/undecided majors:

1. Exploring experience course; COLL108

2. College Majors Scorecard

3. What can I do with this major?

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Take Action

It can be challenging to make your "major" decision, but it becomes easier when you know where to start. You can take steps during your first two years at Central that will help you discover more about yourself and opportunities available to you. Here's your to-do list!