Your Curriculum

Undecided/Undeclared - Exploratory

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Malcolm McCord: 503-491-7380 - Room AC 1152

Dawn Forrester: 503-491-7146 - Room AC 1152

Nicole Gilbertson: 503-491-7324 - Room AC 1152

Eden Isenstein: 503-491-7523 Room AC1152

The exploratory curriculum is recommended as a starting place for students who are undecided about a major. The intent of this curriculum is to allow students to actively explore their educational options while also working towards an MHCC degree. Actively exploring educational options involves meeting with a faculty adviser on a regular basis, taking a career planning class and taking exploratory classes.

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a liberal arts degree at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-15 of the printed catalog. It should be noted that while this curriculum is a good fit for liberal arts degrees, the AAOT does not guarantee junior status for all schools, departments or major requirements with regard to courses or grade point average.

A note on exploratory classes:
A great way to “try out” a major is to take an introductory, or exploratory, class in the area you are interested in. Doing this gives you the opportunity to check out a variety of possible majors; you may even discover, in this process, the one you want to pursue. The guide to exploratory classes below follows the distribution degree requirements for the AAOT and allows a student to sample specific academic areas.

The first three quarters we suggest you choose classes that seem the most interesting to you (this is your exploration time). The second three quarters are when you need to make sure you are meeting the rest of the degree requirements if you choose to graduate with an AAOT.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their faculty adviser (see above) on a quarterly basis.

First Year
Suggested activities for the first year (first - third quarters)

  • Meet with your faculty advisor each quarter to ensure you are on the right track
  • Learn about and explore subjects of interest
  • Join a club or campus organization
  • Create an educational plan with your faculty advisor
  • Plan ahead for each quarter
  • Learn about and use campus resources
  • Make friends
  • Reflect on your exploration classes - which are your favorite and why?
  • Conduct information interviews with faculty advisors in academic areas of interest to clarify your academic goals
  • Make a decision about what subject you want to major in
First Quarter Credits
HD100A/B/C College Success1 1-3
HD130 Today’s Careers1 2
WR121 English Composition 4
  Exploratory Class - Distribution3,4 4
  Exploratory Class - Distribution3,4 4
Second Quarter
HD208 Career and Life Planning1 3
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics or
MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
  Exploratory Class - Distribution3,4 4
Third Quarter
  Health and Physical Education requirement3 3
  Exploratory Class - Distribution3,4 4
  Exploratory Class - Distribution3,4 4
  Exploratory Class - Distribution3,4 4

Second Year
Suggested activities for the second year(fourth - sixth quarters):

  • Make sure you complete all of your graduation requirements by meeting with an advisor and updating your education plan
  • Submit your MHCC graduation application two quarters before you expect to graduate
  • If you plan to transfer to a university:
    • Make contact with the department you will be majoring in
    • Know the university's application deadline
    • Apply!
Fourth Quarter
  Oral Communications2 4
  Distribution (2 courses)3,4 8
  Elective2,4 6
Fifth Quarter
  Distribution (2 courses)3,4 8
  Elective2,4 6
Sixth Quarter
  Distribution3,4 4
  Elective2,4 9

1 Recommended course which can be applied to general elective requirement.
2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree; refer to degree requirements, see page 10 of the printed catalog.
3 Exploratory Classes - Distribution (see page 10 of the printed catalog for specific class selection)
4Students must complete at least 90 credits, but no more than 108 credits, for an MHCC degree

Students receiving financial aid must be certificate or degree seeking and must follow official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

Note: Community colleges do not award degrees in a transfer subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

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