Undecided / Undeclared / Exploratory major

Academic Advisers

Calvin Walker: Schedule appointment thru Navigate | 503-491-7173 | Room AC2253 | Calvin.Walker@mhcc.edu | Students with last name A-Cg
Layne Morell: Schedule appointment thru Navigate | 503-491-7372 | Room AC2253 | Layne.Morell@mhcc.edu | Students with last name Cf-F
David Arguello:  Schedule appointment thru Navigate | 503-491-7418 | Room AC2253 | David.Arguello@mhcc.edu | Students with last name G-J
Graham Phillips: Schedule appointment thru Navigate | 503-491-6071 | Room AC2253 | Graham.Phillips@mhcc.edu | Students with last name K-Mn
Jennifer Hare: Schedule appointment thru Navigate | 503-491-7494 | Room AC2253 | Jennifer.Hare@mhcc.edu | Students with last name Mo-P
Emma Zwaschka: Schedule appointment thru Navigate | 503-491-7227 | Room AC2253 | Emma.Zwaschka@mhcc.edu | Students with last name Q-S
Chelsea Roweder: 
Schedule appointment thru Navigate | 503-491-7644 | Room AC2253 | Chelsea.Roweder@mhcc.edu | Students with last name T-Vi
Julie Frorenza: Schedule appointment thru Navigate | 503-491-7644 | Room AC2253 | Julie.Frorenza@mhcc.edu | Students with last name Vj-Z

This major allows students to explore many subjects while earning credits toward a degree. Students often start on this path in order to explore and discover career options before picking a major. 

Students who are trying to decide on a college major should consider some of MHCC’s Human Development (HD) courses. 

If you wish you change your major, please email advising.questions@mhcc.edu or call 503-491-7315. 

All students should work with an adviser to make an education plan.

Curriculum Outcomes

At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Establish short and long term academic and career goals
  • Utilize learned skills and strategies to continue personal and professional exploration, growth and development
  • Identify and evaluate personal preferences and strengths and implement strategies for continuous growth

A note on exploratory classes:

A great way to “try out” a major is to take an introductory, or exploratory, class in the area you are interested in. Doing this gives you the opportunity to check out a variety of possible majors; you may even discover, in this process, the one you want to pursue. If you are unsure about which introductory course to take,  connect with a Career Counselor. 

First Year

  • Meet with your adviser to build an education plan and then follow up each quarter to ensure you are on the right track
  • Learn about and explore subjects of interest and conduct information interviews with faculty advisers in academic areas of interest to clarify your academic goals
  • Join a club or campus organization to explore interests
  • Learn about and use campus resources
  • Reflect on your exploration classes - which are your favorite and why?

College Knowledge - We recommend taking these courses in your 1st year

HD100ACollege Success (Course offered online)1
or HD100C College Success
or HD101 On Track for College Success (Course offered online)
HD225Transferring to a Four-Year College2

Career Planning - We recommend taking these courses in your 1st year

HD110Navigating Career Change (Course offered online)1
or HD208 Career and Life Planning (Course offered online)
HD130ATIntroduction to Careers: Applied Technology (Course offered online)2
HD130HCIntroduction to Today's Careers: Health Professions (Course offered online)2

Second Year

  • Make sure you complete all of your graduation requirements by meeting with an adviser and updating your education plan
  • If you plan to transfer to a university:
    • Make contact with the department you will be majoring in
    • Know the university’s application deadline
    • Apply!

Planning Next Steps - We recommend taking this course closer to graduation

HD209RESDeveloping Your Resume (Course offered online)1

HD090 Transition to College

Credit 1Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: Instructor consent is required.

This pre-college course prepares Transitions students to take appropriate college classes the following term. The class includes a one-hour lecture each week. Students learn how to find money for school, identify community and campus resources, create personal support systems and develop basic planning and organizational skills for success in college classes. Competencies include learning how to apply for financial aid, create and effectively use study groups for personal and academic support, outline math course success, understand basic computer literacy and create a realistic and effective personal and academic plan for the following term.

HD100A College Success (Course offered online)

Credit 1Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

This course focuses on empowering students to create greater success in their academic, professional, and personal lives by developing a better understanding of themselves and their choices. Students will learn various approaches to making a smooth transition to college life; develop the ability to use MHCC information and resources; apply proven strategies for motivation, goal-setting, and overcoming barriers; analyze their own self-awareness, habits, and values; and create greater academic, professional, and personal success. Course outcomes for both HD100A and HD100C are similar, yet the number of classroom hours differs. Students may receive credit for either 1cr HD100A or 3cr HD100C, but not both.

HD100C College Success

Credits 3Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

This course develops student understanding of the college culture and community. Course topics include college services, policies and procedures; goal setting; time management; educational planning; student responsibility, and learning strategies for college success. Course outcomes for both HD100A and HD100C are similar, yet the number of classroom hours differs. Students may receive credit for either 1cr HD100A or 3cr HD100C, but not both.

HD101 On Track for College Success (Course offered online)

Credits 2Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

This course focuses on active learning and practice of skills and strategies designed to facilitate overall success in a college environment. Personal development and behavior change are emphasized. Topics include educational planning, financial literacy, problem solving, communication skills, change strategies and personal emotional regulation. Time management, goal setting and decision making skills are also presented.

HD105 Scholarship Success

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W; each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

Provides a systematic approach to researching and applying for scholarships. Topics include creating a scholarship portfolio, Oregon Student Assistance Commission application, MHCC Foundation application, internet resources, and research strategies. Students will identify skills, accomplishments, values, goals, and life experiences, and learn strategies to translate them into an effective scholarship application. Interviewing tips will be discussed. Panels and guest speakers, including scholarship winners, will share perspectives on the scholarship process.

HD110 Navigating Career Change (Course offered online)

Credit 1Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: Not open to students who have completed HD208.

This course is designed to teach students who are experiencing a career change or trying to choose between 2-3 established career options the process for making career decisions. Students will learn skills in self-assessment, career research and decision making. Activities include taking career assessments (interests, skills and values), using online career research tools and identifying and enhancing personal decision making processes. A maximum of three credits will be awarded toward an MHCC degree to students who take both HD110 and HD208.

This course fulfills: Human Relations

HD130 Today's Careers

Credits 2Fall/Winter/Spring

This course is designed to be an introductory exploration of various career clusters and career pathways. Students learn about the World of Work map, the Department of Education's 16 Career Clusters and how to access in-depth career information as well as hear from professionals in a variety of fields. Students create a plan for their next steps in the career exploration process. This class is best suited for students who (1) need help choosing a major or program of study, (2) are looking for a new career direction, and/or (3) are not sure where to begin their career exploration process. Students who take HD130 may not also earn credit for taking one of the industry-specific versions (such as HD130AT).

HD130AT Introduction to Careers: Applied Technology (Course offered online)

Credits 2Winter/Spring

If you like to solve problems and prefer work that is physical, mechanical, and possibly outdoors but unsure of all your career options then this is the class for you! This course explores careers in our Applied Technology department including: Automotive, Machine Tool, Welding, Mechatronics and Engineering Technology. You will learn about numerous other careers including but not limited to: Natural Resources, Fisheries and the trade apprenticeship programs. The course includes 5 lab days where you will tour a department, learn about the workplace environment, physical requirements and complete a hands on project. You will also have 5 lecture days where you will identify your interests, skills, and values.

This course fulfills: Human Relations

HD130HC Introduction to Today's Careers: Health Professions (Course offered online)

Credits 2Fall/Winter/Spring

This course explores career opportunities in the health professions. The focus is on the educational and licensing requirements, professional and ethical responsibilities, physical requirements, workplace environment and career pathways of each profession.

HD202 Life Transitions

Credits 3Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: This course is limited to Transitions students. Instructor consent is required.

This class is intended for persons involved in life changes who want to explore new directions, interests and the tools for improving self-esteem and confidence. Students focus on self-exploration and development of life-planning skills through a process of analyzing predictable life transitions. Emphasis is on developing and integrating skills in goal setting, decision making and plan implementation.

HD208 Career and Life Planning (Course offered online)

Credits 3Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W; each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This is an introductory career planning class, designed to guide you through the career decision-making process and to identify skills related to successful work environments. You will learn more about yourself: your interests, skills, values, and personality, and how these relate to career and college major choices. You will also learn how to research and evaluate careers, make decisions, set goals, and develop action plans. The course includes self-assessment activities, personality and interest inventories, career research, and use of computerized resources. A maximum of three credits will be awarded toward a MHCC degree to students who take both HD110 and HD208.

Additional Course Fee: $30.00

This course fulfills: Human Relations

HD209A How To Get the Job You Want

Credit 1Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W; each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course explores how to market one's self to potential employers. It covers current trends in the workplace, how to research potential employers, target job objectives and develop effective paperwork such as the resume, cover letter and difficult applications. How to do informational interviewing and prepare for professional interviews may also be covered. May practice through videotaping. This course is available for 1-3 credits. (This course may also be offered as three distinct courses: HD209INT, HD209LOC and HD209RES, all for one credit each.)

HD209RES Developing Your Resume (Course offered online)

Credit 1Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W; each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course is designed to introduce students to the process of writing a professional resume. Students learn how to identify their skills, education and experience, and create resumes targeted to specific positions. Students write at least one cover letter, chronological resume and functional resume. (One part of the three-credit HD209 course, not open to students who have completed HD209.)

HD209RIS Developing Your Resume - IS

Credit 1

Registration Requirement: Not open to students who have completed HD209.

HD225 Transferring to a Four-Year College

Credits 2Fall/Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, or IECC201R and IECC201W; each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Recommended HD100A or HD100C.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution receive the opportunity to explore and gain an understanding of the various processes, requirements and issues that impact successful transitions from the community college. Emphasis is on identifying strategies and information critical to academic development and adjustment to four-year college systems. This course may include field trips to nearby four-year institutions.

Course offered online

Cultural Literacy course