Academic Exploration Program (AEX)
New first year freshmen students may enroll at Sage College of Albany through the Academic Exploration (undecided) program. Students complete required general education coursework and introductory courses in a variety of subjects. Students are encouraged to explore options and campus resources while working closely with their academic advisor and career planning staff. Students are expected to officially declare a major prior to completion of 39 credits or before the start of their fourth term of study. To graduate in four years, most major programs suggest major courses be started in the spring term of the sophomore year. Students must declare a major, they do not earn a degree in "Academic Exploration".
Interdisciplinary Studies Major
Students may design an interdisciplinary major to accommodate unique academic interests and career goals which cannot be met through established majors (and minors) offered in the regular college curriculum. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies is a student-designed major and is a cohesive and meaningful integration of courses from two or more disciplines offered by the College. The major courses proposed must represent an integration of disciplines that leads to an identifiable area of intellectual inquiry. Admission to SCA does not guarantee an interdisciplinary proposal will be accepted.
The proposed interdisciplinary major must specify a minimum of 36 required credits total from at least two disciplines. One of the designated disciplines must be drawn from courses required in a current undergraduate major and contain 18 credits of 300-level or higher courses in one discipline/prefix. In addition, a 3 credit 400-level capstone course is required. Students electing to declare this major must do so before having completed 90 credit hours. Students are expected to thoroughly research relevant up-to-date career information and include this information in the proposal rationale.
The proposal should include the following components: the purpose or rationale of the major; list of required courses and titles constituting the major (including experiential learning and capstone course); required support courses and total number of credit hours.
- Students must meet all the general education and graduation requirements.
- Students are expected to meet all course pre-requisites as stated and should plan accordingly.
- Total credits required for graduation (minimum): 120 credits
- Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.00
- Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.20
- At least 60 of the 120 total credits must be in the liberal arts and sciences.
A minor is a cohesive group of courses that allows students to explore, in a structured way, an area of interest outside the major. Each minor is defined by one or several academic departments and consists of at least six one-semester courses usually totaling 18 to 24 credits. Only two of the required minor courses may also count toward major or another minor’s requirements. A minimum of 12 required credits for the minor must be completed at Sage.
Minors are commonly declared at the end of the sophomore year, but may be declared any time before the completion of the drop/add period in the first term of the senior year or before completion of 87 credit hours, whichever comes later. Successful completion of at least a one-semester course in the discipline is a prerequisite to such declaration. Upon declaration of a minor, students are assigned to a faculty advisor in that program. Minors are designated on student transcripts if all requirements are met, including a GPA in the minor of at least 2.200.