Interdisciplinary Studies Group

B.S. at Russell Sage College

In addition to those majors offered in the regular College curriculum, students may design interdisciplinary majors to accommodate and define particular academic interests. Examples include majors that combine coursework in art and sociology, in history and economics, and in English and psychology. Many other combinations are possible.

Students should first consult with their advisors or prospective departments and then write a proposal explaining their areas of interest and listing the courses that will enable them to attain their objectives. These courses may be chosen from any courses regularly offered at Russell Sage College and should also fulfill all general education requirements. The official proposal form may be obtained from the Office of Student Services or the Center for Academic Advising and Career Planning. It must be approved and signed by a faculty advisor or program coordinator in each discipline and by the Dean of Russell Sage College. Students requiring assistance with developing an interdisciplinary studies proposal may consult a faculty member or the Associate Dean for Academic Services.

B.S. at Sage College of Albany

Students may design an interdisciplinary major to accommodate unique academic interests and career goals which cannot be met through established majors offered in the regular college curriculum. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies is a student-designed major and is a structured, cohesive and meaningful integration of courses from two or more disciplines offered by the College. The major courses proposed must represent an integration of disciplines that leads to an identifiable area of intellectual inquiry.

Students electing to declare this major program must complete a proposal (program of study outline) before having completed 90 credit hours. Please see course catalog for program and proposal requirements.  Students consult with the Associate Dean of Academic Advising and faculty advisors in the affected disciplines to create a written proposal. The proposal will meet catalog requirements and list required major and support courses that will enable the student to achieve his/her objectives. The proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor in each affected discipline and the Associate Dean of Academic Advising ([email protected], 518-292-1719).

B.S. at the School of Professional and Continuing Education

Students may design an interdisciplinary major to accommodate unique academic interests and career goals which cannot be met through established majors offered in the regular college curriculum. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interdisciplinary Studies is a student-designed major and is a structured, cohesive and meaningful integration of courses from two or more disciplines offered by the College. The major courses proposed must represent an integration of disciplines that leads to an identifiable area of intellectual inquiry.  Examples include majors that combine professional coursework in one professional discipline, such as, business and a liberal arts discipline, e.g., psychology.

The interdisciplinary major program must contain at least 36 credits total from two or more disciplines, and at least one of the areas of interest must be drawn from courses required in a currently offered Sage College of Albany major. A minimum 18 credits from one of the Sage disciplines must be in upper-division courses (300-level or higher).  In addition, a 400-level senior capstone or research project, 3 credits, is also required.

Additional Requirements:

  • Students must meet all the LIFE general education and graduation requirements.
    At least 60 of the 120 total credits must be in the liberal arts and sciences.
    Total credits required for graduation: 120 (minimum).

Students electing to declare this major program must complete a written proposal before having completed 90 credit hours. Students first consult with the Associate Dean of Academic Advising and faculty advisors in the affected majors to create a written proposal. The proposal will contain a listing of the required major and support courses that will enable students to achieve their objectives.