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Degree Requirements


  • 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 (i.e. at Sage or through the Hudson Mohawk Association).
  • 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 degree must include a minimum of 90 credit hours in the liberal arts.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree must include a minimum of 60 credit hours in the liberal arts.
  • See the Liberal Arts Course designations (below).
  • Finally, students must achieve a 2.2 grade point average in the major and a 2.0 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:

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

These four courses, which immerse students in writing, research, and global issues of particular relevance to women, 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.

  • English (ENG) 101: Language and Community
  • English (ENG) 220: College Research and Writing
  • World (WLD) 120: Women in the World
  • World (WLD) 420: Women Changing the World

Cross-Cultural Studies

These courses advance Russell Sage students’ understanding of diversity and cultural issues.  Students choose from a wide array of cross-cultural courses from many disciplines, designed to deepen understanding of global issues and cultural perspectives the faculty view as vital in the 21st century. 

Distribution

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. The specific form of the distribution requirements vary by major; in this, as in all other aspects of educational planning, it is vital the student work closely with her academic advisor.

General Education Requirements

(Total Credits = 39)

Specific requirements can be seen below. For further information regarding general education, students should consult with their academic advisor. Each student is required to fulfill the general education program described below. Requirements are organized in three areas:

  • “Core” or common courses to be taken by all students,
  • Cross-Cultural Studies, a cross-cultural course chosen from a selection of courses that explore a non-western culture or compare two different cultures,
  • Distribution requirements, which ensure a student’s exposure to knowledge from a broad spectrum of disciplines as well as her preparation for lifelong learning.

Core Courses

 

 

Year 1


ENG 101: Language & Community. Using the theme of how language both reflects and shapes life and thought in perceived communities, this course emphasizes writing, critical reading and thinking, persuasion, and presentation skills. Since this course is intended to be taken in the first year, any student with 12 or more credits earned at The Sage Colleges or 24 accumulated credits, who has not yet received credit for ENG 101, must register for the course in the next available semester, and continue to register for it each semester thereafter until taken and passed. (Waived for transfers with a comparable course; second baccalaureate degree students may apply to the Dean of the College for a waiver.)

WLD 120: Women in the World. In addition to highlighting the contributions of women across cultures, this interdisciplinary course will examine the status of and conditions for women globally, and will analyze the systemic forces affecting those conditions. Since this course is intended to be taken within the first two years, any student with 12 or more credits earned at The Sage Colleges or 24 accumulated credits, who has not yet received credit for or been waived from WLD 120, must register for the course in the next available semester, and continue to register for it each semester thereafter until taken and passed. (Waived for all second baccalaureate degree students. Waived for all transfer students with a comparable course, or an associate degree, or 54 or more transferred credits at the time of matriculation.)

 

Year 2


ENG 220: College Research and Writing: This course builds on the skills developed in English 101, but focuses on research writing. Students will learn how to formulate research questions, identify and search both print and electronic sources, and incorporate these sources into their analysis and synthesis of critical reading and writing about discipline-based subjects. Students will present an “Objectives” portfolio at least twice during the semester to demonstrate their progress toward meeting the objectives of the course. ENG 220 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.(Second baccalaureate degree students may apply to the Dean of the College for a waiver.)

 

Year 4


WLD 420: Women Changing the World. This capstone course will draw upon written and oral autobiography to engage students in consideration of their own values as well as their potential as agents of activism and change. (To be taken in the last 45 credits.)

 

Cross-Cultural Courses:


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

Students choose one cross-cultural course (XC) in any department from the following list. (May be taken at any point.)

 

 

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 Registrar’s office relative to specific topics.

 

Major-Based Distribution Requirement


Students must complete the following requirements (courses can be taken at any level 100-400)

 

 

Humanities/Arts 12 cr. (H/A)


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

In addition:

 

Quantitative Reasoning 3 cr. (QR)


To be taken from the following:

 

Social Sciences 6 cr. (SS)


To be taken from the following:

  • CRJ 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

 

Liberal Arts Courses


In addition to the required 39 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 degree must include a minimum of 90 credit hours of the liberal arts. A Bachelor of Science degree must include a minimum of 60 credits in the liberal arts.

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