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Writing & Contemporary Thought (B.S.)

The Writing & Contemporary Thought program is comprised of English, Humanities, and Philosophy courses.  With an emphasis on the power of language, students will develop high proficiency in integrative and analytical thinking, problem solving, and effective skillful writing.  Writing & Contemporary Thought students choose an emphasis: Writing or Practical Philosophy, depending upon their individual intellectual and career interests.  Internship opportunities, experiential learning, technological competence for research and presentation, and an interdisciplinary curriculum are central aspects of the program.

The Writing & Contemporary Thought program features employability skills for the rapidly shifting world of work. These valued, enduring, transferable skills include: creativity; flexibility; knowledge construction; the ability to analyze, synthesize, organize, and evaluate information; critical thinking; reflective and careful reading; effective writing, speaking and listening; problem solving; the ability to formulate essential, meaningful questions; the capacity to make informed, independent decisions; ethical awareness; the ability to work cooperatively and with self-confidence and self-understanding; appropriate use of technology; and respect for cultures and diverse perspectives.

Learning goals for the Writing & Contemporary Thought major program are the following:

  • Communication Competence: The graduate understands the power of language and can read, write, speak, listen, summarize and synthesize information thoughtfully.
  • Creative and Critical Thinking Competence: The graduate can make connections, construct knowledge, solve problems, analyze, question, reflect, evaluate, draw inferences, recognize fallacies, and research.
  • Adaptive-Anticipatory Competence: The graduate understands creative process and employs imagination in order to anticipate, innovate, adapt, and promote change.
  • Contextual-Conceptual Competence: The graduate understands cultural contexts within which creativity is practiced and has appreciation for theoretical and historical foundations of creative process and product.
  • Motivation: The graduate understands the value of exploration and questioning as well as the need to continue the acquisition and construction of knowledge.
  • Career Marketability: The graduate possesses sound critical, communication, and technological skills, flexibility, and creativity and is well equipped to advance within the profession or to move between professions.
  • Leadership and Ethical Sensitivity: The graduate can organize materials and processes, collaborate, negotiate, practice civil discourse, and demonstrate the respect for other people that is necessary for successful workplace and personal relationships.
  • Technology Competence: The graduate can perform technological tasks necessary for effective research, presentation, communication, and creative exploration.
  • Global Awareness: The graduate demonstrates sensitivity for other cultures and communities.

Program Requirements : 57 credits

Core : 21 credits
Complete all of the following:
HUM 113 Language and Human Experience
HUM 314 The Creative Life
EGL 332 Sowing & Reaping: Ref on Life
HUM 340 Principles and Techniques of Research
PHL 341 Values in Life & Work: Applied Ethics
HUM 341 Hum Applied: Experiential Learning
HUM 403 Senior Seminar: Community As Text

Emphasis : 15 credits
Choose an emphasis listed below.

Humanities Electives : 9 credits
Complete 9 additional credits in EGL, ENG, HUM or PHL.

General Electives : 12 credits
Complete 12 additional credits in any discipline.

Choose one of the following:

Writing Emphasis : 15 credits

  Complete one of the following: 
HUM 320 Writing and Illustration or EGL 235 Intro to Technical Writing

Complete one of the following: 
HUM 325 Writing Life’s Stories or EGL 330 Creative Nonfiction

Complete one of the following: 
PHL 230 Ways of Thinking or PHL 220 Perspectives on Nature or PHL 211 Myth, Religion and Art

Complete one of the following: 
HUM 200 Contemp World Lit and Cultures or EGL 331 Fire & Ice: Poetry in Translation

Complete one of the following: 
EGL 231 Creative Writing I or EGL 241 Poetry

Practical Philosophy : 15 credits


Complete PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy

Complete one of the following: 
PHL 206 Ethics or 
PHL 209 Critical Thinking 

Complete one of the following: 
PHL 230 Ways of Thinking or PHL 220 Perspectives on Nature

Complete one of the following: 
PHL 204 Comparative Religion or
 PHL 211 Myth, Religion, and Art 

Complete one of the following: 
PHL 340 Beauty and the Philosophy or Art or
 PHL 348 Selected Topics

General Education Requirements

Russell Sage College Core Courses: 11 Credits

  • WLD 101 – Reading Women’s Voices/Developing Our Own : 4 Credits
  • WLD 201- Researching Women’s Lives : 4 Credits
  • WLD 401- Women Changing the World : 3 Credits

General Education Breadth Requirement: 24 Credits

  • Humanities - Fine & Performing Arts : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - History : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - Literature & Languages : 3 Credits
  • Natural & Physical Sciences : 6 Credits
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (must be from 2 different disciplines) : 6 Credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning : 3 Credits

Elective Courses: 28 credits

Total credits required for graduation (minimum): 120 credits
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage

Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200