Many first-year students enter college as undeclared. Merrimack’s Discover Program is here to help you select a major while keeping you on track to graduate in four years.
Goals of the Discover Program
While we know that choosing a major can be a daunting task, we are here for you. The primary goal of the Discover Program is to help you pick a major by the end of your sophomore year, with the goal to graduate in four years. Through one-on-one advising, we help you:
- Identify subjects you are interested in
- Explore personal strengths and challenges
- Understand your decision-making processes and learning styles
- Research career interests and internship opportunities
- Empower you to take action towards your goals
Our process is multi-dimensional. We have designed the program to include one-on-one advising meetings, specialized cohort classes, the First-Year Experience course, career exploration, workshops and fun programs.
- You begin by meeting with your Discover advisor a minimum of two times a semester with your choice of in-person or through Zoom.
- You will learn how to plan a semester schedule, search and register for classes that meet both general education requirements and major exploration interests, and ultimately map out a course plan.
- You will explore further in Merrimack’s Four-Step Discover Process which includes identifying your strengths and challenges, filtering your ideas, alleviating self-doubt and motivating you towards a decision.
- You will work with us to use programs like Burning Glass and LinkedIn Learning. These programs help you discover the different skill sets needed for career interests. You will use LinkedIn Learning to earn badges that will enhance your resume.
Specialized Cohort Classes
During your first semester, you will have the opportunity to register for Discover cohort classes. You will be part of a learning community that fosters connections with other students who are also in the process of major exploration.
First-Year Experience Course
All first-year students are required to take the First-Year Experience (FYE) course. We offer multiple Discover FYE sections that help you get a better understanding of the self.
You are assigned a Career Advisor in the O’Brien Center for Career Development. The Career Advisor helps you understand how majors influence career options. The career advising process also offers internship opportunities to assist you as you explore your future academic and personal interests.
Workshops and Fun Programs
Our workshops are designed to meet your developmental needs. They may include time management, study skills, and registration processes. The fun programs may include yoga, study break sessions with therapy dogs, and other supportive initiatives.