Academic Exploration Program (Pathfinders)

The educational experience at Canisius reflects a unique path tailored to your interests and ambitions. But what if you’re not entirely sure what you’d like your path to look like? What if you want to explore academic programs to help you identify a major? The answer is Pathfinders, a special program designed for first-year students just like you.

Who: First-year undergraduate students who haven’t chosen an academic major 
What: A dedicated support program that allows you to explore potential fields of study matching your unique strengths and interests 
Why: Choose a course of study so you can create a meaningful academic path, stay on track to graduate on time, and begin a rewarding career

One-on-One Advisement 

As a Pathfinder, you’ll work with an advisor from the Griff Center for Student Success to create a first-year schedule that includes courses within our liberal arts core. Through regular meetings, you’ll research the 100+ major, minor and special programs available to undergraduate students and identify the options that best match your interests and goals. 

Assess Your Personality & Interests 

Using the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), you'll evaluate your work and personal interests, along with your personal style preferences. You'll then meet with a Career Coach to review your results, explore your top career interests and how they relate to majors and minors at Canisius.

Build Your Network and Explore Careers 

Work with the Griff Center for Student Success to develop your individual career plan and gain the professional skills you need in today’s competitive job market. You’ll research internship opportunities and connect with professionals in fields that match your own interests. You’ll also be able to tap into our extensive alumni network as you explore career options.

Stay on Track 

Up to 75 percent of undergraduate students change their major at least once before graduation. Because the Pathfinders program offers guided exploration, you’ll find the right-fit major more easily, graduate on time, and be well-positioned for your future career.


Get in touch:

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
email: @email

Monika McFoy
Director, Pathfinders: Academic Exploration Program 

Eileen Abbatoy 
Executive Director, Career Development 
email: @email