Not sure what you want to major in? No problem!

The goal of the academic exploration program is to help you spark your interests and discover your passions.

Beginning Your Journey

Every journey, even one with an unknown destination, starts with a single step — and this path is no different. All first-year students at Russell Sage College will take RSC 101 – Your Journey Begins in their first semester.

This is a great way to get anchored at Sage; to meet some fellow students, faculty and resources; and to start to explore potential pathways. Within this course ,there will even be some assignments to help you think through what type of career you might want to have and what educational pathways could lead you there.

Here is a sample of what your first semester might look like:

  • RSC 101: Your Journey Begins – 3 credits
  • WRT 101: Writing in Community – 3 credits
  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology – 3 credits
  • Humanities General Education course – 3 credits
  • Elective course or introductory course in potential major – 3 credits

So, you see, you won’t be getting behind as you explore! We will help you pick smart options that keep your pathway flexible.

Your Faculty Advisors

Your advisors will help guide you every step of the way.

When do I have to decide on a major?

Once you have completed 45 credits of college-level coursework, you should declare your major. Students who have been exploring typically declare their major either at the end of their first year, or at some point early in the third semester, prior to registering for their fourth-semester courses.

Career Planning Office

Use the Office of Career Planning’s resources to learn more about different career paths. Check out CandidCareer for advice and explore thousands of occupations.

Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

Students go on to pursue majors that they’ve taken an interest in, from Health Sciences to Theatre and beyond.


Next steps?

It’s time to take the next step. Choose yours below.

Have Questions?

Director of Academic Advising, Troy Campus
Director of Academic Advising, Albany Campus