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Academic Exploration


First year undergraduate students who are undecided, do not wish to declare a major at the time of enrollment (undeclared), or who enter Sage in a major program but wish to change during or after their first term of study, may enroll in the Academic Exploration program (AEX)¹. Students in the AEX program take a combination of courses in satisfaction of general education requirements and in areas of potential academic interest. Students may stay in the AEX program up to the completion of 45 credit hours or three terms of study, at which point, they will be expected to declare a major program. 

Sage offers approximately 24 majors in liberal arts & professional areas, many with unique concentrations or tracks, and 20 minors. Some major programs have specific course sequences, distinct admission criteria, or limited space availability. For this reason students in the AEX program work closely with the Directors of Academic Advising. The Directors are highly knowledgeable about Sage major programs, degree requirements, course sequences, and course offerings. The advisors support students in their academic success, major exploration, and decision making process.

Students create an individualized plan consisting of courses that fit within their interests and will allow them to integrate seamlessly in to a major program and graduate on time. The Advising Offices also connect AEX students with on-campus resources, such as, Career Planning and Focus career assessment. Students are encouraged to actively explore all of their interests and strengths in relation to potential careers.


Suggested Courses by Advisement

Year 1: Fall, 15 credits
RSC 101 First Year Seminar
WRT 101 Writing in Community
General Education course or Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program

Year 1: Spring, 15 credits
WRT 201 Researching in Community
General Education course or Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program

Year 2: Fall, 15 credits
RSC 201 Intercultural Perspectives
General Education course
General Education course or Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program

*Recommended: declare Major program prior to start of 4th term of study.

Year 2: Spring, 15 credits
General Education course
General Education course
General Education course or Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program
Course in potential Major program

*Required: declare Major program prior to start of 5th term of study.

¹Important Note: in order to earn a bachelor’s degree, students must successfully complete a major program. Diplomas are not granted for academic exploration.