Welcome to the Department of Academic Engagement and Exploratory Studies (AEES)
Students entering college are often unsure about their academic or career goals, and many lack information about their options. Some may need assistance in identifying their personal skills, interests, and abilities. Others may be interested in majors with highly competitive admission standards or limited enrollments.
If you recognize yourself in one or more of these groups, you'll likely be admitted to the university as an exploratory studies student. As such, your academic home will be in the Elnetta G. Jones University Center for Student Success and Exploratory Studies where you will receive guidance in finding a major that is right for you. While you explore your options, you will take courses that count towards graduation and, once you have declared a major, you will move from the Department of Academic Engagement and Exploratory Studies (AEES) into the college associated with your new program of study.