Most students begin college with little idea about the field of study they will eventually pursue. Some have made a decision in this area , but often have only a vague notion of what is implied in such a decision. Yet, in both cases, the general pattern of liberal arts colleges is to put such students into a general studies program for two years consisting of required or strongly recommended courses. While students may gain a broad educational background, those with little idea about their future area of concentration must base a decision regarding the " major" on a brief introduction through one or two ._ courses , while those who had a specific interest are often forced to delay entrance into that field. In either case students are often into their third year before they can confidently determine whether or not they have found an area of study consistent with their personal development and future goals. Subsequent realization that the chosen field is not the appropriate one may be irrelevant because students do not have the time, money, or incentive to switch to a more meaningful area of concentration. The current employment difficulties facing college graduates further compounds this problem.
McBride, Michael J.
"The Exploratory Year: A New Approach to the Four-Year Experience at Whittier College,"
Perspectives: Vol. 9
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/perspectives/vol9/iss1/4