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USD offers students pathways to declaring a major through exploratory studies programs and tracks. You can experience a variety of courses and complete your general education requirements while you consider major options.

Exploratory Studies Programs

If you pursue an Exploratory Studies Program, you'll be encouraged to declare a major before completing 45 credit hours so you have time to complete your chosen degree in four years.

Exploratory Tracks

If you pursue an Exploratory Track, there are separate application and secondary admission processes that are managed by each college or school. If you have any questions, or would like more information, contact Admissions at 605-658-6200 or