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Degree Requirements


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.  The Sage Colleges confer Bachelor’s degrees three times each year: August, December and May. However, a Commencement ceremony is held only once, in May. Students become candidates for degree conferral upon the filing of a completed “Graduation Application” (includes a fee) with the Student Services/Registrar’s office.

The filing deadlines are:

  • October 1 for December degree conferral
  • February 15 for May degree conferral
  • June 1 for August degree conferral

Candidates for graduation in May of a calendar year may participate in the Commencement ceremonies. Those who have completed all requirements for the degree will receive their diplomas and be identified as graduates. A student may participate in Commencement ceremonies only once in connection with completion of a particular degree.

Graduation Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the baccalaureate degree.
  • Students must complete at least half the major at Sage.
  • Thirty of the last 45 credit hours must be completed in residence.
  • 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 Science degree (BS) must include a minimum of 60 credit hours in the liberal arts and science.
  • A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) must include a minimum of 30 credit hours in the liberal arts and science.
  • Major Requirements: In order to earn a bachelor’s degree, students must successfully complete a major. At least 30 credits are required for such completion, but specific requirements will vary from one academic area to another. These are prescribed by the program’s faculty and set forth in the Sage College of Albany catalog.  A minimum grade point average of 2.2 is required for all courses taken to complete a major, including required support courses, unless otherwise noted by academic department. All students must take at least half of the major at The Sage Colleges. The determination of standards of performance acceptable for continuance in a major is the responsibility of the appropriate academic department and the Dean of the College.


A minor is a coherent 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 five one-semester courses usually totaling 18 to 20 credits. Minors are commonly declared at the end of the sophomore year but may be declared any time before the second term of the senior year or before completion of 105 credit hours, whichever comes later. Minors are designated on student transcripts along with the major if all requirements are met, including a GPA in the minor of at least 2.2. Students must complete at least one half of the courses required for a minor at Sage.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students may apply up to 90 credit hours from a previous degree toward a second degree at Sage College of Albany (SAW). A minimum of 30 additional hours must be earned at Sage, and will include at least half the major field requirements for the second degree, as well as any general education requirements that cannot be met by credits from the first degree.

General Education

Bachelor’s degree programs are all built upon a common foundation called the LIFE (Liberal and Interdisciplinary Foundation for Excellence) Curriculum. General Education components for the bachelor’s degree programs are described in more detail below.

The LIFE Curriculum

The Liberal and Interdisciplinary Foundation for Excellence, or LIFE curriculum, is the foundation of General Education in Sage After Work’s bachelor’s degree programs. Sage After Work 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.

The LIFE curriculum at Sage After Work is integrated over the four years of study to so that students will:

  • select 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

LIFE Curriculum Requirements

Liberal Arts and Science Knowledge
  Humanities 6
  Social Science 6
  Science 6-8
HUM 112 - Humanities Seminar II: Language and Community 3
Topics in Mathematics (MAT 110 or higher) 3
Technology Competency 0-3
ITD 3XX – LIFE Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
Applied Advanced Competencies in the major
Experiential-Based Learning Opportunities in the major
Capstone Seminar in the major
  Total LIFE Credits (outside the major) 27–32

Liberal Arts and Science Knowledge

Most general education curricula include a broad choice of liberal arts and science courses and the SAW LIFE requirement is no exception. According to the New York State Department of Education, liberal arts and science courses are “those courses that are either of a general and/or theoretical nature that are designed to develop judgment and understanding about man’s relationship to the social, cultural, and natural facets of his total environment.” SAW students complete a minimum of six credits within each of the categories of Humanities, Social Science, and Science (as identified in the college catalog). Through advisement, students select courses within these categories to develop their knowledge of the liberal arts outside their major.

In addition, specific course requirements further support a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences:

Humanities Seminar II: Language and the Community

This course emphasizes critical reading, writing, and thinking. Using the general topic “Language and the Community,” students consider the ways in which language both reflects and shapes life and thought within perceived communities. Students will compile a portfolio of their written work in the course for a final assessment.

Mathematics Requirement

MAT 110 Toics in Mathematics or higher is required.  MAT 110 is designed to give students not majoring in mathematics, science or technology an appreciation of mathematics and its use in problem solving. Students whose major requires a mathematics course, such as, statistics, will fulfill the math requirement as part of their major.

Technology Competency

This is required to ensure that all students have basic technological skills. Students must demonstrate basic technological skills early in their academic program so that they may apply those competencies in their major. The student should be able to:

  • operate a microcomputer in a windows environment;
  • organize and manage different types of computer files in an electronic storage device;
  • prepare a document with a word-processor;
  • use an spreadsheet to solve arithmetic problems;
  • both store information and retrieve information from a database;
  • prepare an electronic presentation;
  • read and send email and handle email attachments;
  • find and retrieve information from the internet.

Students may demonstrate these competencies in several ways:

  • by achieving a grade of 70 percent on the Computer Literacy Assessment exam prepared by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. (This exam is based on skill in the use of MS Office, which is the standard office support system selected for The Sage Colleges.)
  • by successful completion of CSI 101 Computer Literacy, CSI 150 Advanced Computer Literacy, BUS 290 Software Applications in Business, BUS 335 Management Information Systems, or LAW 215 Law Office Technologies (or their transfer equivalent).

LIFE Interdisciplinary Seminars

Students complete an interdisciplinary seminar, 300-level liberal arts 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.

Applied Advanced Competencies within the Major

All SAW students are prepared with basic competencies in critical reading, writing, and thinking, mathematics, and technology as part of their liberal arts and science foundation. In addition, students will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in courses related to their major. Courses and activities that fulfill this part of the LIFE curriculum will be identified by each of the programs.

Experiential-Based Learning Opportunities

Experiential-based learning opportunities are developed as an integral part of each major in collaboration with the Career Services Office and through community partnerships. An important feature of this LIFE requirement is the students’ exposure to learning beyond the college classroom. Experiential-based learning opportunities may include a combination of job shadowing, internship, externships, community service projects, and other learning opportunities that match student readiness and facilitate outcome attainment. Experiential-based learning is self-directed learning that when accompanied by individualized advisement promotes higher-level achievement. Students must complete at least one approved experiential-based learning opportunity as part of their major prior to earning their bachelor’s degree. To be eligible for internship credits, students must have completed at least 3 credits at Sage with a grade of C or higher and be in good academic standing.

Waiver of the Experiential-Based Learning Requirement

Students who have worked 18+ months within the past five years in the field of their major may seek a waiver of the experiential learning requirement. Upon approval, the General Education Coordinator will sign a course waiver form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office as documentation indicating the student has met the LIFE requirement for Experiential Learning. Note: Students who want credit for work experience must apply for credit through the credit for prior learning program.

With assistance from the Career Planning Office, students must submit their request for a waiver to the Program Director/Coordinator prior to completing 102 credits. The waiver request must contain a current resume.

Capstone Course or Senior Seminar

A capstone course or senior seminar will represent the culminating experience of the major. Each major program will be responsible for identifying the course and its purpose in order to achieve this LIFE requirement for all Sage After Work students.

Course Elective Categories

  • Humanities Electives: All credit-bearing courses in communications, English, humanities, philosophy, and foreign language are classified as humanities courses (ARH, COM, EGL, HUM, and PHL).
  • Science Electives: Science electives include all biology, chemistry, physics, and science courses (BIO, CHM, PHY, and SCI).
  • Social Science Electives: Social Science electives include all criminal justice, economics, history, political science, and sociology courses except SCL 347. (CRM, ECO, HIS, PSC, PSY, 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 Electives: Liberal Arts electives include all humanities, math-science, and social science electives. In addition, the following courses are classified as liberal arts:, ASL 101, ASL 102, EDU 206/PSY 206, ITD.
  • Professional Electives - With the exception of courses noted above, all courses with the following prefixes are classified as professional electives: ACC, ART, BUS, CSI, EDU, GDN, HRS, ILL, IND, LAW, PHG, PED, and CRM 349.
  • General Electives - General electives include all credit-bearing courses.