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Class Attendance

Much of the education that occurs in the classroom (including labs and studios) at Sage College of Albany cannot be gained in any other way. Each faculty member will furnish students with a written attendance policy at the beginning of each semester, stating the objectives of the course and the value of attendance. It will also define “excessive absence” and how that would affect a student’s learning and grade.

Prompt attendance at all academic appointments (classes, lectures, conferences, and examinations) is expected of students. In the event of a class absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor directly, by phone, voice mail or e-mail. If this is not possible, the student may call the Dean’s Office at (518) 292-1704 and a message will be sent to the instructor. The responsibility for work missed because of absence rests with the student.

Any student who must be absent from classes for longer than one week due to an emergency situation or extended illness (proper documentation required) must contact the Student Life Office at (518) 292-1753 and a notice will be sent to the student’s instructor(s) indicating the extenuating circumstances.

Final Examinations

During the final examination period, students are not required to take more than two final examinations per day and may request a make-up time for any additional examination(s) scheduled. Students requesting a make-up examination must work with all faculty involved, and the Dean, if necessary, to determine which examination will be rescheduled.

Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities

Academic requirements must be modified, on a case-by-case basis, to afford qualified handicapped students and applicants an equal education opportunity. Complete information on these policies and procedures for requesting these adjustments may be found in Student Handbook and Campus Policies. For more information please contact the Coordinator of Disability Services at (518) 292-8624.


Declaration of a major program begins with the Admission application. Freshman students who are undecided or do not wish to declare a major at the time of matriculation may enter the Academic Exploration program (AEX) and will be assigned advisors who specialize in academic and career counseling. Students in the Academic Exploration program will take a combination of courses in satisfaction of general education requirements and in areas of potential academic interest. Students may stay in the Academic Exploration program up to the completion of 30 credit hours or first year of study, at which point, they will be expected to declare a major program.  Because many programs at Sage College of Albany are dedicated to preparing students to enter professions that have specific course requirements and prerequisites, Academic Exploration students should work closely with the Office of Academic Advising to select courses in a potential major that will allow them to integrate seamlessly into a particular discipline.  In order to earn a bachelor’s degree, students must successfully complete a major program. In addition to academic advisement, students are encouraged to speak with faulty, career planning staff and alumni.

Students wishing to add or change a major or minor can do so by sending an email message from their Sage account to the appropriate office of academic advising ([email protected] or [email protected]) with their name, ID number, and the new major or minor they wish to declare. All academic program changes require the approval of the Associate Dean on a student’s home campus.


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.

Students wishing to add or change a major or minor can do so by sending an email message from their Sage account to the appropriate office of academic advising ([email protected] or [email protected]) with their name, ID number, and the new major or minor they wish to declare. All academic program changes require the approval of the Associate Dean on a student’s home campus.

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.

In addition to the above:

  • 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.
  • 120 credits (minimum) are required for the bachelor’s degree
  • 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.

Students interested in designing their own Interdisciplinary Studies major should:

  • Visit the Office of Academic Advising and faculty advisors to explore options and develop the curricula proposal
  • Visit the Career Planning office to clarify career and employment outcomes

The Advising Office will submit the proposal to the Registrar for final approval. If approved, the program requirements will be posted to SageAdvisor (program evaluation report) and on file in the Registrar’s Office for degree clearance.


Special Academic Courses

Special Topics

Special topics courses may be offered in each discipline under the numbers 248, 348, or 448. Students should consult with the program coordinator or instructor offering the course to obtain a detailed description of that course.

Honors Courses

Each discipline may offer an honors course, seminar, or project as part of the Honors Program.

Summer and/or Accelerated Programs

Students who wish to accelerate their degree programs may register for summer classes. Students planning to attend a summer session at another college should do so only after careful consultation with their academic advisors. Courses taken at other colleges may not apply toward a Sage degree unless written permission has been granted in advance. Transfer permission forms are available online and in the Office of Student Services.

Weekend Courses

Sage offers weekend courses (through SPCE) that typically meet Friday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays for two or more consecutive weekends.

Independent Work

Independent work may take the form of: independent study, individual study (regular courses taken independently), or internships. Students must read the “Rules and Regulations of Independent Work,” available in the Office of Student Services, and complete a contract for independent study before enrolling. Generally, independent work is not available to freshmen or first-semester transfer students. No student will be awarded more than three credits for a standard course or four credits for a laboratory course taken as an independent or individual study. An Independent Work approval form, available in the Office of Student Services, must be completed and signed by the faculty supervisor, the student’s academic advisor, and the Dean of the College 30 days before the beginning of the semester for which the student is registering.

Independent Study

Independent study is defined as academic inquiry carried on outside the usual class/instructor setting. It is a unique course, not offered by the college, but created by a student in collaboration with a faculty member. The credit awarded is variable. To initiate independent study, a student must describe the rationale, objectives and methodology of the project, and a faculty member must agree to supervise the project. The method of evaluation for the project must be agreed upon and approved by the faculty member’s department chair and the Dean of the College. If the project is approved, the student works independently to complete it, meeting several times during the semester with the faculty supervisor for discussion and evaluation of the student’s progress.

An independent study in any of the laboratory sciences should be considered only if the student is exceptionally well prepared. Students are limited to one independent study at a time. Only the successful completion of the project will permit approval of an additional independent study.

Individual Study

A student may apply to take a regular course independently when a course is required for his or her program but will not be offered by the scheduled date of the student’s graduation. This request must be approved by the appropriate program coordinator. The student must explain why the course must be taken, and a qualified member of the faculty must agree to supervise the study and must explain what formal work the student must submit for evaluation (e.g., examinations and research papers).


An internship is defined as a credit-bearing work experience in the field, which fosters the development of applied skills and typically increases professional competence, links theory and practice, and offers opportunities for career exploration. Sage offers students a broad range of opportunities for off-campus internships and field experiences that connect classroom learning with practical experience related to their academic program of study. These resources enable students to explore and clarify academic and career goals, develop new skills, and prepare for the changing workforce. Internships, clinical courses, cooperative education work experiences, community service, field placements, informational interviewing, and job shadowing placements are available in businesses, community agencies, schools, legislative and governmental offices, graphic and interior design firms, museums, and other organizations in areas of interest to Sage students.

SCA students who have accumulated a minimum of 45 credits, who have successfully completed at least three credits at Sage with a grade of “C” or better and have permission of their faculty advisor are eligible. Sage College of Albany students are required to complete an internship or an approved experiential-based learning opportunity to be eligible for graduation. Internships carrying academic credit must be planned with an advisor, and an internship contract must be completed and filed in the Office of Student Services. Three credits are normally awarded for internships.

The Career Planning Center has listings of internship opportunities, job resources, an employer database, alumni career networks, links to job sites on the Internet, and access to local and national job banks. Career counselors are also available to help with career assessment, internship materials, guidance and placement.

Contracts for Independent Work

The terms and conditions for all independent work are set forth in a contract, which requires the written agreement of the student, the field supervisor - if applicable, the faculty advisor, department chairperson or program coordinator, and the Dean of the College. Contract forms are available in the Office of Student Services. The completed contract must be on file with the Registrar’s office before the student begins the independent work.

Credit Ceilings or Limits for Independent Work

In general, no more than 15 credits of independent work, i.e., any combination of independent study, courses taken independently and/or internship, may be counted toward a baccalaureate degree. There are, however, two exceptions to this ceiling:

  • Students who are enrolled in a dual major or who are taking a single major along with a formal minor or concentration in a different discipline may take up to 18 credits of independent work;
  • Students who take a single internship worth 15 credits may take an additional 3 credit independent study.
  • The ceiling for any such combination, which may be counted toward the degree, is 21 credits.

Study Abroad

Any student who is considering studying abroad/away must seek prior approval from the Sage Colleges and meet the following criteria: have at least sophomore standing, maintain a 3.000 GPA or higher, be a full time student the semester prior to studying abroad and during the term abroad/away.  All students who have been accepted to participate in a study abroad/away program are required to attend the pre-departure meeting prior to travel.

Credit for Prior Learning

Degree-seeking baccalaureate students may be eligible to receive credit for prior college-level learning achieved through life experience such as community service, employer or armed service-sponsored training, self education, relevant work experiences, or artistic development. The basis for granting credit is a portfolio of documentation prepared by the student under the guidance of the coordinator of Prior Learning. A maximum total of 30 undergraduate credits may be granted, with the following limits by category:

Academic Major = 9 credits maximum
General Education = 9 credits maximum
Electives = 30 credits maximum

To be eligible for experiential learning credit, students must first have completed at least 3 credit hours with a grade of “C” or better, and be enrolled for an additional 3 credits. SPCE students are required to take a minimum of 30 hours in regular classroom work while at Sage. Students are not eligible for the credit for prior learning program in their anticipated term of completion (i.e., graduation term). Consult the tuition and fees section for corresponding charges.