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EDPS 10500: Academic and Career Planning

In your first semester as an Exploratory Studies student, you will take the same classes as any other Purdue student, including mathematics, composition, humanities, business, and science. But you will also take a class that no one else at Purdue can take - one that helps you plan the trajectory of your college career and your life after graduation. 

What is EDPS 10500?

  • A three-credit hour course REQUIRED for all Exploratory Studies students. It typically counts as a free elective in most plans of study and is a University Core option (Information Literacy).
  • Focuses on the process of major and career exploration through the analysis of assessments, web research, personal reflection, and group discussion.
  • A "hybrid" course experience: Two hours per week spent in class and one hour spent outside of class on additional instructional activities, such as online videos, journal writing, discussion boards and readings. The out-of-class work prepares students to participate fully in classroom activities.  
  • A small class size of 25-27 that allows for easy interaction with other students and with the instructor.
  • Optionally paired with EXPL 90200. One of the major exploratory activities allows students to selectively investigate majors by attending specific class meetings of GS 11900 (Introduction to Academic Programs at Purdue). EXPL 90200 is a zero credit hour time block that holds space open in a student's schedule so that he or she can attend GS 11900 without having to commit to the entire course. GS 11900 class presentations are also recorded and available for viewing through the Course Reserves at the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Library (see Course Reserves tab).

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and explain multiple facets of your identity.
  • Identify and analyze potential academic majors.
  • Identify and analyze potential careers.
  • Evaluate potential majors and careers in relation to your identity and goals.

Sample Assignments

  • Self-exploration Assessments: Students examine their personality traits, interests, and strengths, connecting them to career options.
  • Academic Major Video Presentation: Students research a major and then create a video introducing it to their classmates.
  • Student Interview: Students interview a junior or senior in a major of interest and reflect upon what they've learned.
  • Career Story Interview: Students interview a professional working in a career field of interest and reflect upon what they've learned.
  • Major Exploratory Activity: Students investigate various majors through a choice of activity options.

"Taking EDPS 105 my first semester at college helped me to learn more about myself and what I want to pursue in a degree and career. The community my advisor created in class definitely made the transition to college a little easier." -Audrey P.

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