Academic Exploration

[Undecided, Undeclared, Exploration, AEX]

First year undergraduate students who are undecided or do not wish to declare a major at the time of enrollment may enter the Academic Exploration program (AEX)¹. Students in the Russell Sage College AEX program take a combination of courses in satisfaction of general education requirements and in areas of potential academic interest. Students may stay in the AEX program up to the completion of 45 credit hours or first year of study, at which point, they will be expected to declare a major program. 

Because some major programs have specific course sequences, distinct admission criteria, or limited space availability, students in the AEX program work closely with the Advising Office. Students create an individualized plan consisting of courses that fit within their interests and will allow them to integrate seamlessly in to a major program and graduate on time. The Advising Office also connect AEX students with campus resources, such as, Career Planning staff and Focus career assessment, to encourage students to actively explore all of their interests and strengths.

¹Important Note: Diplomas are not granted for academic exploration. In order to earn a bachelor’s degree, students must successfully complete a major program.

Suggested Plan of Study

Year 1 - Fall (15 credits)
RSC 101 First Year Seminar
WRT 101 Writing in the Community
Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program or General Education course

Year 1 - Spring (15 credits)
WRT 201 Researching in the Community
Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program
General Education course

Degree Completion Notes
  • Total credits required for bachelor's degree (minimum): 120 credits
  • Completion of General Education coursework required
  • 1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage
  • Completion of liberal arts and sciences credits
  • Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): *See major program
  • Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): *See major program

 

Overview

Program

Type

Bachelor's