Find your path: you'll do that here.

Don’t feel pressured to pick a major before you’re ready. By starting as an exploratory student, you’ll have access to the tools you need to help you find the right path. If you haven’t decided on a major yet or you have and you’re having second thoughts, you’re in good company. Nearly 25% of Redhawks enter freshman year without a major in mind and nearly 75% change their major at least once. You have time to decide, and we have people who can guide you through your options.


  • Academic Support Centers offers the university’s tutorial services, community service opportunities, counseling, disability services, Learning Assistant Programs and Student Support Services. For more information you can visit
  • Academic Advising offers professional and faculty advisors to help students accomplish their goal of a college degree. For more information you can visit
  • DegreeWorks is a web-based tool to help students monitor progress towards completing a degree at Southeast. DegreeWorks allows students to plan for future coursework, completion of major and minors, and projected graduation. For more information your can visit


About Our Services

  • One-on-one Advisor

    As an exploratory student, you’ll be assigned to an academic advisor who can help keep you on track academically as you navigate your academic major decision. Your advisor will help you build a schedule based around your interests and the general education courses you need, so the courses you take count toward your degree. 
  • Career Resources

    Schedule a career strategy session with a certified career counselor. They can help you make sense of your passions and priorities, so you’re better able to decide which career is right for you. At Southeast, all of our career counselors have, at minimum, a master’s degree in counseling or a related field.
  • Program Finder

    With a variety of different majors and minors to choose from, our Program Finder can help you determine the right path for you by working with an advisor.
  • Career Counseling

    Interested in learning about what may come after graduation while exploring our majors? Contact Career Services for more information on what options and opportunities are available for each field of study.

What You’ll Study

To obtain a bachelor’s degree, you must complete:

  • 120 semester hours of credit (minimum)
  • General Educationrequirements
  • A Major, which is your specialized area of interest
  • A Minor to complement majorIf required
  • Minimum grade point averages – Overall2.0 for most programs In major area – 2.0 for most programs – Courses taken at Southeast – 2.0 for most programs
  • Elective Credits – depending on program of study

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

 Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • UI100 (1)
  • EN100 (3)
  • PS103 (3)
  • SC105 (3)
  • MA123 (3)
  • SO102 (3)


Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Academic Office
Academic Hall, 057
Polytechnic Office
Polytechnic Building, 301
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 3333
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Fall & Spring Semesters / 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer / 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.