Deciding on a major may be a major decision. But at the University of Central Missouri, it won’t be a decision you have to make on your own.
The Open Option program gives you the support you need so that you can move from being unsure about your academic program choice to being confident in your decision. The Career Counselors at UCM offer you student-focused academic advising so that you make continuous progress toward graduation while choosing the program that suits you best.
The Exploring Majors and Careers Course (AE1410) is a one-credit hour student-development elective course designed for students who have yet to declare a major—or who are questioning their chosen program. Through career assessments, career counseling sessions, activities, discussions and interviews, you’ll learn more about yourself and the academic programs and career options that are ideal for you. This eight-week course is offered four times a year.
The open option program is here for you to help you explore the majors offered on campus, what careers those majors could lead to, and what the best fit is for you. You can switch to Open Option or if you want to change your major and are sure of the major you want to switch to please reach out to the Success Advising Center (contact information can be found to the left).
If you are an incoming freshman you will be a part of a learning community mentored by a former Open Option student, in addition to your Career Counselor.
If you are a transfer student, or coming back to UCM after a break in your college career, you can choose the Open Option program. If you have earned more than 30 credit hours, please contact The Gateway Center for additional information.
"This class helped me overcome a huge step in my life. This program was the reason I chose UCM and it is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I am so grateful for this opportunity." -Hannah Breedlove
"I am very excited to see what the future holds. Take it from a previously hopeless case - this class was greatly beneficial, and I would highly recommend it to others who are on the fence or totally clueless about what they want to do." - Kayla Daspit
"I decided on UCM because of this program. The class was not a disappointment whatsoever. I not only found a major, but a minor as well. This was a fantastic class and I recommend it to anyone who is indecisive." - Kiley Hudson
I am very happy I took advantage of this class and its opportunities. I have learned more about myself and my values than I ever thought I would, and I would recommend 'Exploring Major' to any UCM student." - Jacqueline Blossom
"While my senior year in high school was one of the best years of my life, it was also one of the most stressful because I did not know where I was going to college or what I would even major in. I was worried that I would make the wrong decision, but through this class, I was able to confidently narrow down my choices." - Julia Garza