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General Education Requirements

The Liberal and Interdisciplinary Foundation for Excellence, or LIFE curriculum, is the cornerstone of general education in Sage College of Albany’s bachelor’s degree programs. SCA is committed to the belief that all graduates should possess the skills—as well as the breadth of knowledge and the experiences—necessary for lifelong learning in a changing world. The LIFE curriculum provides students with a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences to broaden their perspective of a discipline while empowering them through the complementary I.Think curriculum with a range of creative and problem-solving skills designed to provide the tools to make a lasting impact on an ever-evolving world.

The LIFE curriculum at SCA is integrated over the four years of study to so that students:

  • select a foundation in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that will support the commitment to life-long learning;
  • acquire skills in problem recognition and creative problem-solving, persistence, and negotiation that provide an underlying basis for success in the academy, the workplace and the larger community;
  • broaden their perspective of different disciplines by being introduced to alternative ways of perceiving, learning, analyzing, and knowing;
  • 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 diverse cultural and historical perspectives as well as effective citizenship responsibilities.

In support of these learning outcomes, LIFE includes:

  • The I.Think curriculum
  • A broad selection of liberal arts and science courses
  • Interdisciplinary experiences
  • Applied competencies within the major
  • Experiential-based learning opportunities, such as internships
  • A Capstone or Senior Seminar

LIFE Curriculum Requirements

HUM 112 Language and Community 3
ITK 101 I. Think Learn 3
ITK 301 I. Think Engage 3
Liberal Arts and Science Knowledge
  Humanities 6
  Social Science 6
  Science 6-8
  Mathematics (MAT 110 Topics in Mathematics or higher) 3
  LIFE credits total 30-32
Applied Advanced Competencies in the major
Experiential-Based Learning Opportunities in the major
Capstone Seminar in the major


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 creative problem-solving, group interaction, leadership, design thinking, and community engagement. Through these classes—called respectively “Learn,” “Engage,” and “Innovate” — students will develop the sorts of 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.

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.

Program Competencies

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 this academic success. The results of the assessment program are used to help determine appropriate academic challenges 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.

Entering students who do not initially demonstrate competency in English language skills and mathematics are provided assistance that may include skill development labs, tutoring, and self-paced learning. The initial assessment of English language skills and for mathematics takes place at assessment sessions at new student summer orientation and in the Academic Advising Office during the academic year. Students will receive academic skill assessment results and will be advised if their skills are deficient.

All students seeking a bachelor’s degree must demonstrate mathematics competency by passing a college level mathematics course, MAT 110 or higher, or ECO 215. Students with a documented learning disability in mathematics must meet this mathematics requirement for the bachelor’s degree.