Office of Undergraduate Studies

Sages Requirements

The Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) provides a foundation in critical thinking, written and oral communication, the use of information, quantitative reasoning, engagement with ethical issues and diversity, and exposure to experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding human culture and behavior, scientific knowledge, and methods of research through the following:

  1. First Seminar, taken in the first semester, introduces students to the seminar format through reading, discussion, and intensive writing, and incorporates activities with University Circle institutions. First Seminar will be selected from offerings in the Life of the Mind, the Natural World, the Social World, or the Symbolic World.

    *Transfer Students only: Transfer students who have completed the English composition/expository writing requirement with a grade of C or higher at the college/university at which they previously matriculated will receive transfer credit for FSCC 100-TR (3 – 6 semester hours) and will be required to complete a supplemental 1-semester-hour SAGES introductory seminar – FSTS 100 SAGES Transfer Supplement.  
  2. Two University Seminars, taken after the First Seminar and before the end of the student’s second year, and selected from seminars that address specific topics that fall under broad themes: Thinking About the Social World, Thinking About the Symbolic World, Thinking About the Natural World.
  3. Writing Portfolio, comprising writing assignments selected from the First Seminar and University Seminars. The Writing Portfolio is submitted for evaluation after completing the final University Seminar.
  4. Department Seminar, generally taken in the junior year in the student’s major field, that focuses on discipline-specific methods and modes of inquiry and communication.
  5. Senior Capstone, a one- or two-semester capstone project integrating the knowledge, initiative, problem-solving skills, and powers of communication developed by the student. Substantial writing and a final public presentation are required.

Information about specific department seminars and capstones is available from department academic representatives and on the searchable schedule of classes on the University Registrar's website.