College of Arts & Science & University Studies
The University Studies program is designed to introduce you to the broadest range of academic areas offered by Miami University. The support and guidance you receive from academic advisors in the College of Arts and Science, as well as from faculty advisors and career specialists, will also help you:
- Develop a sense of your interests and aptitudes
- Create a strong academic plan
- Declare a major by end of first semester, sophomore year
- Identify and access available resources
- Comprehend basic university policies
During Summer Orientation, you will begin to work with an advisor to meet your education and career goals.
This advising partnership will continue throughout your semesters in University Studies and beyond. You will meet with your advisor:
- At Summer Orientation
- In October or November of your first year to plan for spring semester
- In March or April of your first year to plan for summer and/or fall semester
- Whenever you have questions related to your academics
Courses you complete in University Studies will satisfy graduation requirements.
Once you have determined your field of study, you may declare a major in any part of the university, including:
- College of Arts and Science
- Farmer School of Business
- School of Creative Arts
- School of Education, Health and Society
- School of Engineering and Applied Science
Below are some suggestions that can help you discover a major that's right for you:
- Take courses that explore different fields of study. You can usually do this while completing your Miami Plan Foundation and/or divisional requirements.
- Review the majors available in CAS at Miami University.
- Make a list of majors that you do not want and a list of majors you want to explore. However, don't eliminate a major just because you don't know what it is.
- Visit the web pages listed on What Can I Do With a Major in ...?.
- Meet with your CAS advisor and with chief departmental advisors to discuss the majors in which you are interested. See also the list of advisors for CAS minors [PDF].
- Get involved in student organizations that can help you explore different academic interests.
You can also get an idea of what you want to major in by learning about careers. These suggestions that can help you understand the relationship between majors and career choices:
- Take Career Development and the College Student
- Take advantage of second year programs
(Divison of Student Affairs).
- Use the Career Resource Center Education Index (Career Services).
- Make an appointment with a career advisor in Career Services to discuss career testing and to clarify major/career options.
- Conduct informational interviews and/or set up shadowing experiences with professionals in your fields of interest.
- Check out career planning services and resources (Career Services).
- Check out CareerChat podcasts (Career Services).
Explore Internships, Summer Jobs and Community Service
These experiences can help you figure out what types of things you would like to do:
- Attend Spring Internship & Career Expo (SpringICE) in February. This event provides students with the opportunity to discuss full-time and internship positions with selected employers.
- Check the Job & Internship Search (Career Services) to learn about and find internships.
- Get involved in community service projects (Office of Community Engagement & Service). Such experiences will help you begin to understand what you like to do and help clarify future goals.
Explore Study Abroad
It is not too soon to consider study abroad possibilities, because these programs can help you clarify your academic focus:
- Attend a Study Abroad 101 information session
(Office of International Education).
- Research study abroad programs
(Office of International Education).
- Research study abroad and travel workshops
- Meet with your faculty advisor and your CAS advisor to discuss how study abroad programs can meet degree requirements and to determine the best time for you to study abroad.