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Career Discovery Program

Professor Laura Hechtel working with biology student, Gene Smith

The Career Discovery Program (CDP) is designed to help you discover the major that is right for you.

Overview & Distinctions


Unsure about which major to choose at D'Youville? The Career Discovery Program (CDP) is here for you. This program will introduce you to a variety of academic disciplines and career options as you work towards meeting the core curriculum requirements.

Whether you‘re undecided or you know what major you’d like to pursue, the Career Discovery Program will help you gain confidence in your academic and career decisions.

How Does it Work?

As a CDP student, you'll meet with your academic advisor and receive one-on-one guidance about courses, schedules, and academic programs. You will also enroll in credit-bearing courses that are designed to help you recognize your academic strengths and achieve your educational goals.

Is the Program Right for Me?

The CDP can help any student, but it's especially helpful if you're undecided or if you require more preparation before applying to a program. We also support students who are in the process of transitioning from one major to another.

What are the benefits?

  • Time to decide and prepare for your academic major or program
  • Personalized one-on-one advisement and registration assistance
  • Credits in courses designed to help you recognize your academic strengths

Is there a time limit or credit restriction?

We understand that choosing a major can often be overwhelming and stressful. As a CDP student, you'll have approximately four semesters to choose and gain acceptance into an academic major that best fits you. After that time, you should be accepted into a degree-granting program.

NOTE: Because of financial restrictions, transfer students who have earned more than 45 credit hours are ineligible for the CDP.


Perspectives on Professions I (CDP 101)

CDP101 is the first of two courses designed for students who have been admitted to the college, but have not yet declared or been accepted into academic majors. Students will partake in self-assessment activities and work to develop specific academic and career-related goals. The course is worth two credit hours.

What will I do in CDP101?

  • Research academic majors and careers.
  • Learn more about your specific interests, skills, and goals.
  • Interact with faculty and staff across campus.
  • Interview professionals about majors/careers that are of interest to you.
  • Utilize campus offices (i.e. Learning Center, Career Services).

Perspectives on Professions II (CDP 102)

Course Description

CDP102 is designed to continue the exploratory work begun in Perspectives on Professions I (CDP101). Through coursework and interactions with others, you will continue to develop your academic and career interests and learn more about the programs we offer at DYC. The course is worth one credit hour.

What will I do in CDP102?

  • Carry on your exploration of different academic majors.
  • Learn from the experiences of other DYC students.
  • Continue to gain knowledge from faculty and staff presentations.
  • Develop and track specific academic and career goals.
  • Consider your ideal job and write a personal statement essay.

Career Life Planning (CDP 201)

CDP201 is a course designed for students who have been dismissed from an academic major and/or have chosen to pursue a new area of academic study at the college. The content of this course is based on self-assessment, networking, and the exploration and development of academic and career goals. The course is worth one credit hour.

What will I do in CDP201?

  • Identify and reflect upon your academic and career goals and interests.
  • Gain insight into the process of self-assessment.
  • Research academic majors and programs offered at DYC.
  • Interact with others who have similar academic and career interests.
  • Apply to the major the best fits you!

Contact us


D'Youville College Career Discovery Program

320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
Phone: (716) 829-8192
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Location: ALT 103 (Dr. Pauline Alt Building)


Dr. Patti Abbott
Phone: (716) 829-7751

Program Coordinator
Nicole Alfano
Phone: (716) 829-8148
Nicole Alfano, Advisor for Career Discovery Program at D'Youville College

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