Exploratory Tracks

Exploratory Tracks

Use Exploratory Tracks as your first step to find the major and career that is right for you.

NIU and the Academic Advising Office recognize that many students would benefit from learning more about the many majors offered at NIU and finding those that best fit their academic interests and career goals. Exploratory Tracks is a great way to begin.  Each track pdf includes a list of NIU majors related to the track, information on math requirements, career insights, introductory classes, and four year degree paths for each major. Use the hyperlinks below and those imbedded in each pdf to go directly to specific websites for detailed information.  Get Started!

Administration Management

The Administration and Management Exploratory Track is ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in business or managerial fields. These positions can be in different areas ranging from hospitality to health care to nonprofit sectors and industry. Common responsibilities for careers in these areas include planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

Behavioral Social Sciences

The Behavioral and Social Sciences Exploratory Track is ideal for students who have an interest in understanding people and how they integrate into society. Many majors in this track are majors with a strong traditional Liberal Arts focus. Excellent track for students interested in pursuing careers in the social sciences such as psychology and education or those considering studies in law.

Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences

The Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences Exploratory Track is ideal for students who have a strong interest in the STEM-related or Computer Science. Ideal for students who have an interest in pursuing engineering and computer science fields or who are considering studies in chemistry, physics or mathematics

Health Life Sciences

The Health and Life Sciences Exploratory Track is ideal for students interested in understanding of the body and health. Ideal for students interested in studying health or health-related majors, but not becoming a medical doctor. Work setting may be in a hospital or health care facility. These majors require a strong science and social science interest. Career activities may include planning, managing and providing therapeutic or diagnostic services.

Humanities and Fine Arts

The Humanities and Fine Arts Exploratory Track is ideal for students interested in studying subjects related to understating cultures, languages, and fine arts. Ideal for students who are interested in pursuing careers in artistic and creative fields or traditional, humanities-related liberal arts programs.

Additional information:

College LAS Requirements for the B.S. Degree

Foreign Language Requirements for the B.A. Degree