University Explorations Program

The University Explorations Program allows students who want to explore the educational paths that Johnson & Wales offers to pursue a program of general studies as well as introductory courses in areas of interest during their first two semesters. With the help of a faculty adviser, students choose a major by the end of the first year, in any of the colleges at Johnson & Wales. Students who begin their studies in the University Explorations Program may be eligible to earn a bachelor's degree at the end of four years of study.

University Explorations Program

Explorations Courses
FYS1010First-Year Seminar - University Explorations1
Choose up to six credits from the following:6
Introduction to Business and Management
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Problem Solving and Programming Concepts
An Introduction to the Fields of Food, Food Service and Nutrition
Introduction to Food Product Development
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Design Theory and Practice
Introduction to Health Professions
Orientation to the Hospitality Industry
Introduction to Media & Communication
Introduction to Political Science
Introductory Psychology
Environmental Science
Introduction to the Sports, Entertainment and Event Management Industry
Introduction to Food Systems
Sociology I
Choose six additional credits in consultation with a University Explorations adviser. 6
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Choose two other courses from A&S Core Experience6
Total Credits31.0

Note: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math courses.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international, domestic, and digital options for major, minor, free electives, experiential learning, and transferable courses. There are many affordable options for students during a semester, winter session, spring and/or summer breaks.  Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied, and some partners offer external scholarships.  Premiere programs do not qualify for JWU scholarships or grants; however federal aid is available.  Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go? Wherever you decide, make the best of your educational journey!


Johnson & Wales University holistically reviews all elements of a student’s application to identify those students most likely to succeed at the university.

For students applying as a first-year student, a completed application and high school transcript(s) are required, except in circumstances where a student is homeschooled or where the traditional high school transcript is, for various reasons, not available. For students applying as a transfer student, a completed application, high school and/or college transcript(s) is required for admissions review. 

Successful candidates for first year admission have taken a high school, college preparatory academic program including English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language. Admissions decisions may also consider individual experiences and particular circumstances unique to each student. Other considerations are made based upon recommendations, writing ability and extracurricular activities.

Visiting campus, both in‐person or virtually, and interacting with admissions staff are all valuable ways of assuring that JWU is the right university for you.