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Program Overview


All of the CWRU schools and colleges that grant undergraduate degrees—Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Management—participate in SAGES, and the program sequence extends through the entire undergraduate curriculum.

During the first two years, students complete three interdisciplinary seminars. These are followed, in the third year, by a departmental seminar, usually in a student's major field; and, in the fourth year, by a capstone project demonstrating the intellectual agility and collaborative spirit that SAGES is designed to foster.

  • SAGES introduces all undergraduates to the seminar approach in their first year. Unlike most "freshman seminar" programs, however, SAGES doesn't stop there. The First Seminar is followed by three additional seminarstwo of them interdisciplinary, and one typically centered in a student's major field of study. In this way, SAGES places active, inquiry-based learning at the heart of a CWRU education.
  • SAGES students develop essential communications skills over several semesters by participating in seminar discussions, giving presentations, and writing intensively. In the SAGES program, writing is not an isolated activity. Instead, it partakes of the intellectual vitality of the seminar (and, ultimately, the capstone) experience.
  • Under SAGES, every undergraduate has a faculty mentor from the moment he or she arrives on campus. The First Seminar leaders double as advisors to the students they teach, introducing them to the culture and resources of the research university and establishing close relationships with them from the very first semester.
  • The SAGES curriculum, in combination with CWRU's strong and distinctive majors programs, offers our students the best of the small-college experience along with the opportunities of a research university. As a result, these students are better equipped to move into postgraduate training and the job market and to become leaders in their fields.
  • SAGES students explore the vast cultural and scientific resources of University Circle. They attend special lectures and presentations, and pursue research opportunities, arranged through SAGES' partnerships with major institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
  • CWRU faculty members teach virtually all First Seminars and most subsequent seminars. In addition, students have opportunities to learn from guest scholars, and from professionals in diverse fields, who have been drawn to Case by the Presidential and SAGES Fellows programs.
  • The ultimate goal is for all CWRU students to gain experience in defining a problem and then developing a response to that problem, whether this involves research or artistic creation. SAGES accomplishes this goal by having all undergraduate students complete a capstone projectindividually or in small groupsunder the guidance of faculty mentors.

(Read on for details about the course sequence.)