SLS1203: Introduction to Academic Major Exploration

All incoming first-year Exploratory students are advised to enroll in the SLS1203 Class – Introduction to Academic Major Exploration. The course encourages students in the exploratory major to examine or evaluate major and career opportunities through analysis of their values, interests, and skills. The course is taught by members of our exploratory team and assisted by our Exploratory Peer Advisor Leaders (EPALs). The benefits of enrolling for the course include:

  • Students satisfy the Engage 100 requirement.
  • Students’ instructors are assigned as their Academic Advisors.
  • Students participate in weekly engagement and interactive activities.
  • Students are assigned a Peer Advising Leader.
  • Students attend class once a week for only twelve (12) weeks.
  • Students enrolled in the course decide on major at a higher rate and have higher average cumulative GPA than peers who do not complete the course.

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SLS Program Staff

Charlene K. Howard
Academic Program Specialist
SLS 1203 Program Manager
Advising First
Center for Exploratory Students
Florida State University
C. Janel Acosta
Graduate Student Assistant
SLS 1203 Program Assistant
Advising First
Center for Exploratory Students
Florida State University

What is an EPAL?

Exploratory Peer Advising Leaders (EPALs) are former exploratory students who participated in the SLS 1203: Introduction to Exploration for Academic Majors Course or the Exploratory Program. These students are sophomores and above and they assist advisors by facilitating in the course, providing mentorship and peer engagement, and supporting students enrolled in the course. First-year students must be enrolled in the course to be assigned an EPAL.

Meet the EPALS

Fall 2023

Be an EPAL

Interested in becoming an EPAL or learning more about the EPAL program? Submit your information through our info card at or email Online applications are available every year between November and December.