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When I was applying to colleges, the only thing I knew for certain was that I wanted to be an attorney. But one thing I didn’t know was what my major would be. As the oldest of six kids, two of whom have autism, I had dabbled in psychology in high school. I started thinking that having a background in the human mind would be useful for a future law career. I looked through all of the...

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A: Exploratory students can take courses in the liberal arts as well as in all of the professional schools.

Working with a faculty adviser, students choose classes that fulfill general education requirements, selecting from a broad group of courses designed to pique interest and provide a foundation for their eventual major.

Exploratory students are also among the first to...

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A "Real Deal Parents Style" question

A: With Ithaca’s Exploratory Program, students don’t have to make that decision until they’ve had an opportunity to discover what they’re really passionate about. A very popular option, the Exploratory Program gives students up to four semesters to sample courses across the College before declaring a major....

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Keen focus, intense concentration -- Janice Levy, associate professor of cinema and photography, calls it her “photography head.”

It is difficult to imagine exactly what is running through Levy’s mind when she’s on a photo shoot, but she says that if you look at her work, you’ll see the world through her eyes. ...

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A: If you’re changing majors within the same school, you’ll need to meet with your adviser to figure out your new requirements and schedule the appropriate courses, but it’s definitely manageable.

If you’re switching schools -- say from the School of Humanities and Sciences to the Park School of Communications --...

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