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Open Option Program for Undeclared Students

Find Your Passion

Not ready to declare a major? Unsure of your career goals?

In the spirit of the liberal arts, the Open-Option Progam provides the opportunity for students to engage in classes and experience a variety of content areas before declaring a major. Throughout the first two years, students explore courses that not only fulfill Liberal Studies requirements, but also provide introduction and insight into the disciplines that they might be interested in.

Open Option Students Can:

  • Explore the many KWU majors and concentrations, their requirements for completing a degree and what recent graduates are doing 
  • Learn more about themselves and their interests through assessment inventories and personality testing
  • Benefit from career development and information about opportunities available to them in the work world

All activities in the open-option program are voluntary in nature, but provide students an intentional approach to selecting a major and career path that fits them, one that is based on clear information rather than speculation.

An important feature of the Open-Option Program is that students who have not declared a major are assigned to an open-option advisor, who encourages the student to select courses that will provide some foundational structure as well as explore the nature of the subject matter while meeting requirements for timely graduation.

Students may declare a major at any time during the first two years, based on their readiness and the knowledge gained through experience and research of their interests, abilities and the opportunities available on campus and in the workplace.

Students must declare a major by the beginning of their junior year.

To sign up for Open Option as your initial major, contact the Registrar's Office in Student Services (K-Dub Hub), Room 285 in the Hall of the Pioneers, or call (785) 833-4320.