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General Education

Literacies of Connection

The Literacies of Connection is Sage College of Albany’s general education program. In a world that is increasingly complex and interconnected, the faculty of Sage College of Albany recognizes that our graduates need to understand both the diversity of fields of knowledge and also the ways in which those fields are interconnected and interdependent.

Successful completion of general education outcomes will be assessed via a Live Text portfolio. Students are required to obtain a Live Text account in their first term of study at Sage. Completion of LiveText portfolio is required.

Second bachelor degree students possessing an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States are exempt from general education requirements. Students 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.

Program Outcomes/Literacies:

  • Verbal, Writing and Textual Literacy: Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate, analyze, organize, and articulate ideas, in written and oral forms, through a variety of rhetorical modes/strategies
  • Global & Cultural Literacy: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how cultural differences (e.g., beliefs, values, traditions) impact personal and national thought and behavior.
  • Civic, Historical and Legal Literacy: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the causes and effects of historical events or governmental processes through the use of primary and secondary documents.
  • Visual Literacy: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how visual imagery shapes and informs the global circulation of ideas and information.
  • Financial Literacy: Students will find, evaluate, and apply financial information for personal or professional application and will develop a personal financial plan demonstrating their understanding of financial responsibility.
  • Values Literacy: Students will apply an ethical framework to decision making.
  • Environmental and Scientific Literacy: Students will explain how scientists use scientific data, concepts, and other evidence to draw conclusions about the natural world.
  • Quantitative Literacy: Students will accurately calculate and analyze quantitative data to arrive at appropriate mathematical conclusions to strategically solve applied mathematical problems.
  • Health and Wellness Literacy: Students will describe and give examples of policy and methods employed to solve national and global health problems
  • Technology Literacy: Students will demonstrate skills in utilizing appropriate technology for their discipline/career.

Requirements : 33 credits

I. Cornerstone
Complete all of the following:
  HUM 112 Language & Community* 3 credits
  ITD 155 Sage Connections** 3 credits
  ITK 101 Innovative Thinking/Learn*** 3 credits
  ITK 301 Innovative Thinking/Engage 3 credits
  Mathematics: MAT 110 or higher (ECO 215 or PSY 207 may be taken for the MAT requirement) 3 credits
II. Perspectives  
ARH, COM, EGL, ENG, HUM, HMN, PHL, PHI or foreign language-102 level or higher.
(Courses must be from two different prefixes/disciplines)
6 credits
Social Sciences
(Courses must be from two different prefixes/disciplines)
6 credits
Natural Sciences
6 credits
III. Culminating Experiences
Complete all of the following:
  Live Text portfolio  
  Experiential Learning/Internship, 3 credits (in major)
  Capstone Seminar, 3 credits (in major)

*HUM 112: completion of ENG 101 or ENG 102 may be used to fulfill this requirement
**ITD 155: waived for first time freshmen and transfer students with 21+ transfer credits upon admission
***ITK 101: waived for transfer students with 45+ transfer credits upon admission


A unique characteristic of SCA is the I.Think program. This three-course sequence (the first two of which are general education requirements and a third which can be taken as an elective or may be required by specific programs) is designed to provide SCA students with experience in innovation thinking, creative problem-solving, group interaction, leadership, design thinking, and community engagement. Through these classes—called “Learn,” “Engage,” and “Innovate” — students will develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in a constantly-evolving world that increasingly demands individuals to be able to:

  • seek solutions that transcend mainstream thought and a single-discipline approach,
  • implement a problem/opportunity paradigm that serves others
  • persist in the face of obstacles,
  • value equally the roles of leader and team member and be ready to assume either as circumstances warrant,
  • honor, value and encourage diverse views, opinions and approaches,
  • negotiate with peers, subordinates and superiors,
  • master technology and employ it as a means rather than an end, and
  • use a variety of tools to communicate with a diverse population.

These abilities are in turn placed in service to a commitment to community and to improving the world around us.


Sage College of Albany is committed to providing opportunities for academic success. The assessment of English language and mathematics is the first step toward promoting academic success. The results of the assessment program are used to help determine appropriate academic courses for each student; the goal is to help each student achieve basic proficiency in the vital English language and mathematics competencies which are necessary for collegiate success.

Assessment of English language skills and mathematics skills is based on evaluation of the high school transcript (course averages and Regents exam scores). Entering students who do not initially demonstrate competency in English language skills and mathematics skills may be identified as needing HUM 111 and/or MAT 104. Completion of HUM 111 is recommended in the first term of study. Completion of MAT 104 is recommended in the first yearof study.

All students seeking a bachelor’s degree must demonstrate mathematics competency by passing a college level mathematics course, MAT 110 or higher. Students with a documented learning disability in mathematics must meet this mathematics requirement for the bachelor’s degree.

School of Professional & Continuing Education
General Education

Bachelor’s degree programs at SPCE are all built upon a common foundation called the LIFE Skills (Liberal and Interdisciplinary Foundation for Excellence) Curriculum. General Education components for the bachelor’s degree programs are described in more detail below.  The Liberal and Interdisciplinary Foundation for Excellence, or LIFE curriculum, is the foundation of General Education in School of Professional & Continuing Education’s bachelor’s degree programs. School of Professional & Continuing Education is committed to the belief that all graduates should possess the skills and breadth of knowledge and the experiences necessary for lifelong learning in a changing world. The LIFE curriculum provides students with the foundation in the liberal arts and sciences to broaden their perspective of a discipline while helping them to make interdisciplinary associations and to appreciate the link between theoretical knowledge and its application.  Approval of substitutions or waivers to general education requirements rests with the Associate Dean of Academic Advising.

Students will:

  • complete a foundation in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that will support the commitment to life long learning;
  • broaden their perspective of different disciplines by being introduced to alternative ways of learning, knowing, and perceiving;
  • explore the connection between theoretical knowledge and the application of knowledge.
  • develop reasoning abilities, writing, reading, and computational abilities, and the abilities to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information within an interdisciplinary context.
  • develop cultural, historical, and human diversity perspectives and effective citizenship.

In support of these learning outcomes, LIFE includes:

  • A broad selection of liberal arts and science courses
  • Interdisciplinary course experiences
  • Applied competencies within the major
  • Experiential-based learning opportunities
  • A Capstone or Senior Seminar

SPCE General Education requirements, 2002-present
LIFE Skills Curriculum Requirements Credits
HUM 112 Humanities Sem II: Language & Community
 (ENG 101, ENG 102 or HUM 113 may be used to fulfill this requirement).
Humanities (ARH, COM, EGL, HUM, PHL, SPA, FRE) 6
Social Science (CRM, ECO, HIS, PSC, PSY, PSYC, SCL) 6
Science (BIO, CHM, PHY, SCI) 6
MAT 110 Topics in Mathematics or higher course (ECO 215 & PSY 207 may be used to fulfill this requirement) 3
ITD Interdisciplinary Seminar, 300-level course 3
Technology Competency (ACC 207, CSI 101, CSI 150, BUS 335, LAW 215) 0-3
Experiential-Based Learning in the major
Capstone Seminar in the major
  Total LIFE Credits 27–32

LIFE Interdisciplinary Seminars

Students complete an interdisciplinary seminar, 300-level liberal arts ITD course, as part of their LIFE curriculum. The purpose of interdisciplinary seminars is to develop within students the ability to view the same subject from multiple yet related perspectives. Interdisciplinary seminars will follow a thematic approach that focuses on cultural, historical, and human diversity perspectives and effective citizenship. Interdisciplinary seminars are open to juniors and seniors and may be team-taught by faculty from different disciplines.

Course Categories
  • Humanities: All credit-bearing courses in art history, communications, English, humanities, philosophy, and foreign language-102 level or higher are classified as humanities courses (ARH, COM, EGL, HUM, and PHL).
  • Science: Science courses include all biology, chemistry, physics, and science courses (BIO, CHM, PHY, and SCI).
  • Social Science: Social Science courses include all criminal justice, economics, history, political science, and sociology courses except SCL 347. (CRM, ECO, HIS, PSC, PSY, PSYC and SCL). In addition, all criminal justice (CRM) courses are social science electives with the exception of, CRM 352, 353, 356, and 349.
  • Liberal Arts courses: Liberal Arts & Sciences courses include all humanities, mathematics, science, and social sciences. In addition, the following courses are classified as liberal arts:, ASL 101, ASL 102, EDU 206/PSY 206 and ITD 110, 155, 301, 315, 341, 348.
  • Professional courses: with the exception of courses noted above, all courses with the following prefixes are classified as professional electives: ACC, ART, BUS, CSI, EDU, GMD, HRS, IND, LAW, PHG, PED, and CRM 349.
  • General Elective - General elective or open elective courses include all college level credit-bearing courses.
See Course Descriptions  to identify courses that meet liberal arts & sciences requirement.

[L] Course meets Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement.
[P] Professional credit. Course does not meet liberal arts and sciences requirement.