Shapley next entered the University of Missouri at Columbia, intent on studying journalism. After discovering that the journalism department wasn't yet open, Shapley took up astronomy instead. (Later, Shapley would say that he had opened an alphabetical catalog of courses, found himself unable to pronounce archaeology, and so went on to astronomy.) Astronomer Frederick Hanley Seares first got him interested in the study of stars. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1910 and his master's degree one year later.