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Degree Requirements & General Education


  • A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the baccalaureate degree.
  • Students must complete at least half the major at Sage. Furthermore, 30 of the last 45 credits must be completed in residence (at the Sage Colleges or affiliated institutions).
  • Students must satisfy general education as well as major requirements and must maintain satisfactory standards of scholarship to be eligible for graduation.
  • A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must include a minimum of 90 credit hours in the liberal arts.
  • A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must include a minimum of 60 credit hours in the liberal arts.
  • A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Fine Arts (BFA) degree must include a minimum of 30 credit hours in the liberal arts.
  • See the Liberal Arts Course designations (below).
  • Finally, students must achieve a 2.200 grade point average in the major and a 2.000 overall cumulative grade point average.
  • Some majors require a higher grade point average for graduation.
  • The ultimate responsibility for fulfilling graduation requirements rests with the individual student.

Students should regularly review their academic programs with their advisors to make certain that requirements for degrees are being met.

General Education at Russell Sage College: 38 credits

Russell Sage’s general education program aims to assist students in developing the following Women of Influence Learning Goals, as delivered through our core requirements (the WORLD program) and our distribution requirements. 

To Be, To Know, To Do: The Women of Influence Learning Goals

1.      The Communicative Arts, including:  Writing, Listening, Observing, Speaking, and Presentation    

Ability to write in different styles and for a variety of audiences; interpersonal communication skills; public speaking skills; effective use of expressive modalities and technologies

2.      Critical Analysis, Integrative Learning, and Research

Ability to evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources; practice in working across disciplines on problems that require multiple perspectives; understanding of the general practices of scholarly research, and practice in the research techniques of the academic major

3.      Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning    

Practice in scientific inquiry and quantitative reasoning (applying mathematical principles) in a real-world context

4.      Global, National, and Local Citizenship; Ethical Engagement

A deep understanding of democracy; global interdependence and American pluralism; ethical issues and social responsibility

5.      Intercultural Knowledge and Competence    

Deepening awareness of and active involvement with diverse communities in and out of the classroom

6.      Leadership, Teamwork, and Problem-Solving

Flexibility in taking on different roles in different contexts, demonstrating an understanding that educated professionals must move fluidly among those positions

7.      Creative and Imaginative Thinking

Innovative thinking that integrates aesthetic sensibility, intellectual risk-taking; building upon acquired knowledge in new and multiple contexts

The World Program

WORLD stands for Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing, and as the title of our general education program, translates Sage’s founding motto – “to be, to know, to do” – into the educational challenges facing 21st century women. It further indicates our commitment to a global perspective and our respect for the diversity of our community, both narrowly and broadly defined.

Core Courses : 11 Credits

These three courses, which immerse students in reading, writing, critical thinking and analysis, intercultural knowledge and citizenship, teamwork, research, academic reflection and cultural literacy, offer a common educational experience to all Russell Sage students and provide a core around which co-curricular activities will be planned. Thus, students should expect to attend and benefit from many of the campus performances, lectures, and other activities that will be linked to their core course work. 

2016 General Education Breadth Requirement : 27 Credits

The updated RSC General Education Program (that applies to students who enter RSC in Fall 2016 or later) assures a more diverse distribution of required coursework in five major breadth areas.  The program also allows for assessment of targeted student learning outcomes in each area of breadth.  Note that students may be able to satisfy some of the breadth requirements listed below through their required major and/or minor courses.  In addition, transfer students may be able to substitute transfer credits toward the Breadth requirement with approval of the Russell Sage College Dean.  Students and advisors may inquire about this process through the Associate Dean’s office ([email protected]).

  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr)  

    • Courses that meet this requirement will have [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Quantitative Reasoning] at the conclusion of the course descriptions in this catalog.

    • Approved courses as of April 17, 2017: CHM-103, CHM-104, CHM-111, CHM-112, ECO-201, MAT-111, MAT-121, MAT-220, PHY-101, PHY-107, PSY-207

    • Upon successful completion of a Quantitative Reasoning course students will be able to:

      1. Determine if a written interpretation of quantitative data is supported by the data.

      2. Summarize multiple graphical or tabular displays of quantitative dat.

      3. Solve problems by identifying and executing an appropriate method.

  • Natural & Physical Sciences (6 cr)  

    • Courses that meet this requirement will have [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Natural & Physical Sciences] at the conclusion of the course descriptions in this catalog.

    • Approved courses as of April 17, 2017: BIO-101, BIO-101L, BIO-202, CHM-103, CHM-104, CHM-111, CHM-112, CHM-201, HST-248 (Fall 2016 only), PHY-101, PHY-107, SCI-104, SCI-120, SCI-235

    • Upon successful completion of a Natural & Physical Science course students will be able to:

      1.  Understand terminology: Within a given scientific discipline, there is typically a specific “language” with which the student must become familiar on at least a basic level

      2. Formulate hypotheses based on information: Given a set of facts (in lecture) or observations (in the lab), a student should be able to make a general hypothesis that could be tested.

      3. Apply concepts to a given situation: This can be seen as the converse of (2) above. Just as a student should be able to formulate a hypothesis based on information, the student should also be able to apply a hypothesis or theory that has been presented to predict outcomes.

  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 cr)  
    • Courses that meet this requirement will have [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Social & Behavioral Sciences] at the conclusion of the course descriptions in this catalog.

    • Students must complete courses from two distinct disciplines (with two different course prefixes).

    • Approved courses as of April 17, 2017: COM-248 (Spring 2017 only), CRJ-111, CRJ-212, CRJ-219, CRJ-319, ECO-201, HSC-306, HST-115, HST-208, HST-221, HST-229, HST-230, HST-245, HST-248 (Spring 2017 only), HST-335, PACE-201, PACE-248 (Fall 2016 only), PHI-248 (Fall 2016 only), POL-101, POL-115, POL-208, POL-218, POL-219, POL-221, POL-229, POL-230, POL-245, POL-248 (Fall 2016 only), POL-319, POL-326, POL-335, PSY-101, PSY-208, PSY-326, SOC-101, SOC-111, SOC-206, SOC-209, SOC-212, SOC-213, SOC-219, SOC-319, SOC-335, WST-206, WST-209, WST-319, WST-333, WST-335

    • Upon successful completion of a Social & Behavioral Science course students will be able to:

      1. Apply research, reading, analysis, interpretation, and writing skills to critical thinking and/or problem solving in the social sciences.

      2. Demonstrate an understanding of diverse perspectives, theories and concepts relevant to the discipline.

      3. Recognize the role of ethics, public policy, and/or the rule of law in society and its study.

  • Humanities - Fine & Performing Arts (3 cr)  
    • Courses that meet this requirement will have [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Humanities-Fine & Performing Arts] at the conclusion of the course descriptions in this catalog.

    • Approved courses as of April 17, 2017: AFA-101, AFA-106, AFA-202, AFA-206, AFA-248 (Fall 2016 only), AFA-317, DAN-111, DAN-213, DAN-226, DAN-231, DAN-235, DAN-241, DAN-250, DAN-316, DAN-347, DAN-349, DAN-404, ENG-308, THR-103, THR-203, THR-205, THR-212, VPA-111

    • Upon successful completion of a Humanities-Fine & Performing Arts course students will be able to:

      1. Identify cultural and historical perspectives within the art form.

      2. Interpret and apply technical and creative elements within the art form.

      3. Communicate a personal response based on a broad understanding of the art form.

  • Humanities - History  (3 cr)  
    • Courses that meet this requirement will have [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Humanities-History] at the conclusion of the course descriptions in this catalog.

    • Approved courses as of April 17, 2017: COM-248 (Spring 2017 only), HIS-331, HST-105, HST-115, HST-208, HST-221, HST-229, HST-230, HST-232, HST-233, HST-243, HST-245, HST-248 (Fall 2016  and Spring 2017 only), HST-250, HST-305, HST-320, HST-324, HST-325, HST-331, HST-335, HST-348 (Fall 2016 only), HST-355, POL-115, POL-208, POL-221, POL-229, POL-230, POL-245, POL-335, SOC-335, WST-232, WST-305, WST-335

    • Upon successful completion of a Humanitites-History course students will be able to:

      1. Apply a historical and critical approach to the study of the evolution of human society, and understand this in terms of historical process, historical context, and environment.

      2. Identify the role played by social, political, and economic forces in historical processes within societies and between societies.

      3. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between historiography in general, and to current historical interpretations in particular.

  • Humanities - Literature & Languages (3 cr)  
    • Courses that meet this requirement will have [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Humanities-Literature & Languages] at the conclusion of the course descriptions in this catalog.

    • Approved courses as of April 17, 2017: ARA-101, CHN-101, CHN-102, ENG-154, ENG-190, ENG-201, ENG-202, ENG-206, ENG-213, ENG-222, ENG-233, ENG-248 (Fall 2017 only), ENG-266, ENG-270 (offered as ENG-248 in Fall 2016), ENG-321, ENG-341, FRE-101, FRE-102, FRE-201, FRE-202, GER-101, HST-348 (Fall 2016  and Spring 2017 only), ITA-101, ITA-102, POR-101, SPA-101, SPA-102, SPA-110, SPA-201, SPA-202, SPA-210, SPA-211, SPA-248 (Fall 2017 only), SPA-270 (offered as SPA-248 in Fall 2016), SPA-273, SPA-348 (Fall 2016  and Spring 2017 only)

    • Upon successful completion of a Humanities-Literature & Languages course students will be able to:

      1. Apply critical and reflective reading and thinking skills

      2. Interpret cultural and historical knowledge in relation to language and literature
      3.  Demonstrate communicative skills including critical and creative writing, speaking, and presenting

  • Humanities - Elective (3 cr)  
    • Courses that meet this requirement will have [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Humanities-Fine & Performing Arts], [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Humanities-History], [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Humanities-Literature & Languages], or [RSC-GenEd-Breadth-2016: Humanities-Elect] at the conclusion of the course descriptions in this catalog.

    • Approved courses as of April 17, 2017: All of the above listed courses in the other Humanities breadt areas will satisfy this requirement, allong with these additional courses- COM-104, ENG-231, ENG-232, HMN-201, HMN-420, HST-230, PACE-248 (Fall 2016 only), PHI-248 (Fall 2016 only), POL-248 (Fall 2016 only), POL-230

    • Upon successful completion of a Humanities-Elective course students will be able to:

      1. Demonstrate an understanding of the human experience in historical, cultural or literary contexts.

      2.  Apply critical thinking and interdisciplinary perspectives to course content.

RSC General Education Requirements for Students who entered prior to Fall 2016

All Russell Sage College students who entered the institution in fall 2011 or later have been required to complete the core requirements WLD 101, WLD 201, and WLD 401 (or their equivalents).  In addition, students who entered RSC between fall 2004 and spring 2016 must satisfy the following distribution requirement (which was replaced by the aforementioned breadth requirement for students entering in fall 2016 or later).

Distribution Requirement

This component of the general education program seeks to ensure that all Russell Sage College students have a broad exposure to the various liberal arts and sciences disciplines. While students are, understandably, committed to their major fields of study, this aspect of general education will help maintain students’ options for the future and will offer them intellectual and personal satisfaction as well.

Humanities/Arts 12 cr. (H/A)

To be taken from courses with the following discipline codes: AFA, ARA, ART, CHN, DAN, FRE, GER, GLO, HST, ITA, MUS, PHI, POR, RUS, SPA, THR.

In addition:

  • Any COM courses except 202, 221, 235
  • Any ENG courses except 101, 102, 220, 235
  • HMN 201 - Food, Culture and Nutrition only
  • VPA 111 - Introduction to Visual and Performing Arts only
  • WST 213, 214, 215, 232, 244, 250, 305, 306, 343, 347, 351 only 

Quantitative Reasoning 3 cr. (QR)

To be taken from the following:

  • PSY 207 - Statistics with Computer Applications
  • MAT 109 - Contemporary Mathematics
  • MAT 111 - Math for Teaching and Learning I
  • MAT 121 - Math For Teaching & Learning II
  • or any MAT course numbered 200 or higher 

Social Sciences 6 cr. (SS)

To be taken from the following:

  • CRJ 105, 111, 212, 229, 310, 311, 319, 330, 392 only
  • Any ECO courses
  • HSC 206 only
  • Any PACE courses
  • Any POL courses
  • Any PSY courses (except 206, 331, 359)
  • Any SOC courses (except 202, 273, 331, 339)
  • WST 104, 206, 207, 208, 209, 222, 223, 310, 316, 319, 321, 333, 335, 405 only
  • WST 348 may be a social science distribution course depending upon topics 

Natural Sciences 6 cr. (NS)

To be taken from the following:

  • Any BIO courses except 340
  • Any CHM courses except 340
  • Any PHY courses
  • Any SCI courses 

Cross-Cultural Course 3 Cr. (XC)

These courses may double-count with major or distribution requirements.

Students choose one cross-cultural course (XC) in any department from the following list.

  • ARA-101 - Intro to Arabic
  • CHN 101 - Introduction to Mandarin Chinese
  • CHN 102 - Cont. Intro to Mandarin Chinese
  • CRJ 229 - The Death Penalty
  • DAN 210 - History of Ballet
  • DAN 212 - History of 20th Century Dance
  • ECO 310 - Comparative Political Economy
  • ECO 313 - Economic Development
  • ECO 318 - Economies in Transition
  • ENG 213 - African-American Literature
  • ENG 215 - U.S. Latino/Latina Literature
  • ENG 221 - Native American Literature
  • ENG 250 - Women’s Literature
  • FRE 201 - Intermediate French I
  • FRE 202 - Intermediate French II
  • GER 101 - Introduction to German
  • GLO 101 - Introduction to Globalization
  • HMN 201 - Food, Culture and Nutrition
  • HSC 206 - Cultural Perspectives of Health, Disability and Wellness
  • HST 101 - The Emerging World I
  • HST 102 - The Emerging World II
  • HST 103 - African History I
  • HST 104 - African History II
  • HST 107 - Latin American History I
  • HST 108 - Latin American History II
  • HST 209 - 20th Century World
  • HST 218 - Russia and East Europe
  • HST 221 - The Modern Middle East
  • HST 233 - History of Modern China
  • HST 239 - Modern Japan
  • HST 240 - Slavery in the Americas
  • HST 243 - South African History, Politics and Culture
  • HST 245 - African/American History & Politics
  • HST 305 - Women in Developing Countries
  • HST 306 - Women’s Sexuality & Global Change
  • HST 317 - 20th Century Europe-Global Context
  • HST 320 - Native American History & Culture
  • HST 323 - Women, Children & War
  • HST 325 - Caribbean History, Society & Culture
  • HST 351 - Women in the African Experience
  • ITA 101 - Introduction to Italian
  • ITA 102 - Cont. Introduction to Italian
  • MGT 340 - Leadership and Diversity
  • NTR 225 - Puerto Rico: Culture, History, Nutrition
  • PBH 201 - Health & Society: Survey of Public HEalth
  • PBH 310 - Overview of Global Health
  • PHI 101 - Introduction to Philosophy:Basic Questions
  • PHI 107 - Religions of the World
  • PHI 211 - Myth, Religion and Art
  • PHI 241 - Philosophy of Multiculturalism
  • POL 107 - Latin American History I
  • POL 221 - The Modern Middle East
  • POL 233 - Modern China
  • POL 238 - Russia and East Europe
  • POL 239 - Modern Japan
  • POL 245 - African/American History & Politics
  • POL 310 - Comparative Political Economy
  • POL 323 - Women, Children & War
  • POR 101 - Introduction to Portuguese
  • POR 102 - Continuing Introduction to Portuguese
  • PSY 208 - Developmental Science: Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood
  • RUS 101 - Intro to Russian
  • RUS 102 - Cont. Intro to Russian
  • SOC 206 - Sociology of Families
  • SOC 208 - Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 209 - Gender and Sexuality
  • SOC 213 - Power and Privilege
  • SOC 229 - The Death Penalty
  • SPA 110 - Intro to Spanish for the Health Professions
  • SPA 201 - Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA 210 - Intro to Spanish for the Health Professions II
  • SPA 211 - Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • SPA 273 - Spanish for the Health Professions
  • SPA 310 - Spanish Culture and Conversation
  • SPA 335 - Latin American Society in Film
  • WST 206 - Sociology of Families
  • WST 207 - Cultural Perspectives of Health, Disability & Wellness
  • WST 209 - Gender and Sexuality
  • WST 305 - Women in Developing Countries
  • WST 306 - Women’s Sexuality & Global Change
  • WST 333 - Power and Privilege
  • WST 351 - Women in the African Experience

Note(s):

In addition, certain topic courses (e.g. ENG 248 or HST 348) may be declared as cross-cultural for particular topics. Check with the Advising office or the Registrar’s office relative to specific topics.

 

Liberal Arts Courses

In addition to the required 38 credits of General Education, each degree program requires liberal arts courses as a foundation of learning. The liberal arts requirement “double counts” with general education or major requirements. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree must include a minimum of 90 credit hours of the liberal arts. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree must include a minimum of 60 credits in the liberal arts. A Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree must include a minimum of 30 credits in the liberal arts.

Liberal Arts Courses are those with the following prefixes: AFA, ANT, ARA, ART, CHN, DAN, ECO, ENG, FRE, GER, GLO, HST, HMN, ITA, MAT, MUS, PACE, PBH, PHI, PHY, POL, POR, RUS, SCI, SPA, THR, VPA, WLD. In addition:

  • Any BIO courses except 340
  • Any CAT courses except 207, 307, 407
  • Any CHM courses except 340
  • Any COM courses except 202, 221
  • Any CRJ courses except 352, 353, 356
  • HSC 210, HSC 206, HSC 306, HSC 410 only
  • MGT 332 - Conflict Management and Mediation only
  • Any PSY courses except 206, 303, 331, 359
  • Any SOC courses except 202, 273, 331, 339
  • Any WST courses except 235, 312, 336

Important Note:

Second degree students possessing an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States are exempt from all general education requirements at Russell Sage College. Those holding bachelor’s degrees from international institutions may appeal to the Academic Dean for a waiver of all or a portion of general education requirements.