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A Russell Sage College education is based on a solid foundation of liberal arts and sciences, and offers many opportunities for interdisciplinary studies.

Russell Sage’s unique general education component, Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing (WORLD), focuses on the experiences of women as learners and doers in a multicultural society. Co-curricular activities such as undergraduate research, internships, and service learning provide students with engaging opportunities to further enhance their education.

WORLD Sequence

The WORLD sequence, combined with courses that meet at least three Women of Influence Learning Goals, and coursework in the student’s chosen major, are designed to work together to produce a Woman of Influence ready to lead, succeed, and continue to learn.

First Year

  • WLD 101: Reading Women’s Voices and Developing Our Own (Fall)
  • WLD 201: Researching Girl’s and Women’s Lives Across the Curriculum (Spring)

In a global environment of wired connection, WORLD 101 and 201 challenge students to develop Voice including skill in multi-modalities, lucid argument, quantitative analysis, research, and personal expression.  This team-taught, interdisciplinary course sequence views women’s lives through the lens of historical, cultural, global, and systemic forces that shape women’s opportunities and constrain their realization.

The materials of WLD 101 include multiple genres reflecting the strategies that writers and researchers use to make claims and provide warrant for their arguments. A major objective of the course is for students to comprehend and analyze rhetorical styles of power and persuasion.  Students will gain experience in the comparison of texts through informal discussion and formal reflection.

In WLD 201, students will conduct a research-based project.  This will result in a paper and formal presentation at the WORLD conference.

Since this course sequence is intended to be taken within the first two years, any student with 12 or more credits earned at The Sage Colleges or 24 accumulated credits, who has not yet received credit for or been waived, must register for the course in the next available semester, and continue to register for it each semester thereafter until taken and passed. (Waived for all second baccalaureate degree students. WLD 101 will be waived for all transfer students with a comparable course, or an associate degree, or 54 or more transferred credits at the time of matriculation.)

Fourth Year (Capstone)

  • WLD 401: Women Changing the World

This course engages students in an examination of how women influence and change their world. Students draw upon their knowledge, skills and voice, as well as the voices of other women, to examine their personal values and explore their potential as agents of activism and change. Requirements include a service-learning project and a conference at the end of the semester.

When students complete WLD 401: Women Changing the World, they will have:

  • become aware of the ways change works and how others have created change both locally and globally;
  • examined the link between their lives, the production of social values, and the relationship of values to the world around them;
  • analyzed and understood their potential to effect change.

This course is to be taken in the last 45 credits of the student’s degree.

WORLD Conference Class Presentation

Students participate in a WORLD Conference class presentation.

Women of Influence Learning Goals

  • The Communicative Arts, including Writing, Listening, Observing, Speaking, and Presentation
  • Critical Analysis, Integrative Learning, and Research
  • Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Global, National, and Local Citizenship; Ethical Engagement
  • Intercultural Knowledge and Competence
  • Leadership, Teamwork, and Problem-Solving
  • Creative and Imaginative Thinking

Russell Sage Values

  • Attention to the individual student’s growth
  • Strong, practical liberal arts & sciences foundation
  • Rigorous standards of achievement
  • Collaboration, teamwork, and leadership
  • Personal and social responsibility
  • Respect for, and engagement with, diverse peoples and perspectives
  • Active involvement in the community

Russell Sage Vision

Russell Sage College is recognized as one of the premiere women’s colleges in the country, distinctive for its reality-based education. Future-looking in its curriculum, Russell Sage graduates world-ready young women who are confident, articulate, and success-oriented.

Faithful to its original mission to prepare women to take their place in the world’s work, Russell Sage interprets that mission for the 21st century creating a living/learning community dedicated to the personal and intellectual growth of Women of Influence.

Russell Sage College General Education Program

Approved May 2015 for Fall 2016 Implementation; Student Learning Outcomes Revisions approved November 2015. (38 credits)

RSC Curriculum Committee Resolution:

In keeping with the mission of Russell Sage College, the best preparation for the professions is a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The updated general education program assures a more diverse distribution of the breadth requirements. The plan also allows for assessment of targeted learning outcomes in each area of breadth.

 WORLD Core Requirement (11 credits)

WLD 101: Reading Women’s Voices and Developing Our Own (4 credits)

  • Develop critical and reflective writing skills through formulating arguments supported by logical analysis and evidence
  • Describe and analyze multiple, interconnecting forces that affect women’s lives globally.
  • Develop and informed writing and speaking voice that clearly communicates one’s perspective in relationship to the global community.

WLD 201: Researching Girls and Women’s Lives Across the Curriculum (4 credits)

  • Demonstrate competency in critical and reflective writing and research/digital literacy skills through formulating arguments supported by logical analysis and evidence.
  • Demonstrate competency in analyzing multiple, interconnecting forces that affect women’s lives globally.
  • Demonstrate a competent writing and speaking voice that clearly communicates one’s informed perspective in relationships to the global community.

WLD 401: Women Changing the World (3 credits)

  • Identify, analyze, and discuss women’s potential to make change and to build community, both locally and globally.
  • Engage and reflect upon one’s role as a change agent, both as an individual and part of a larger group, in a service-learning project in the local community.
  • Apply collaborative and research skills to engage the learning community in a written and oral presentation of project results.

BREADTH Area Requirements (27 credits)

Area: Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)


  • Determine if a written interpretation of quantitative data is supported by the data.
  • Summarize multiple graphical or tabular displays of quantitative dat.
  • Solve problems by identifying and executing an appropriate method.

Area: Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits)


  • Understand terminology: Within a given scientific discipline, there is typically a specific “language” with which the student must become familiar on at least a basic level.
  • Formulate hypotheses based on information: Given a set of facts (in lecture) or observations (in the lab), a student should be able to make a general hypothesis that could be tested.
  • Apply concepts to a given situation: This can be seen as the converse of (2) above. Just as a student should be able to formulate a hypothesis based on information, the student should also be able to apply a hypothesis or theory that has been presented to predict outcomes.

Area: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

To satisfy the requirement, students must complete 2 courses with distinct prefixes.


  • Apply research, reading, analysis, interpretation, and writing skills to critical thinking and/or problem solving in the social sciences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diverse perspectives, theories and concepts relevant to the discipline.
  • Recognize the role of ethics, public policy, and/or the rule of law in society and its study.

Area: Humanities (12 cr)

* Students will complete 12 credits in humanities, one from each of the categories identified below, and a fourth humanities course.

Humanities: History (3 credits)


  • Apply a historical and critical approach to the study of the evolution of human society, and understand this in terms of historical process, historical context, and environment.
  • Identify the role played by social, political, and economic forces in historical processes within societies and between societies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between historiography in general, and to current historical interpretations in particular.

Humanities: Literature and Languages (3 credits)

* Only one Rosetta Stone language course may count toward General Education


  • Apply critical and reflective reading and thinking skills
  • Interpret cultural and historical knowledge in relation to language and literature
  • Demonstrate communicative skills including critical and creative writing, speaking, and presenting

Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts (3 credits)


  • Identify cultural and historical perspectives within the art form.
  • Interpret and apply technical and creative elements within the art form.
  • Communicate a personal response based on a broad understanding of the art form.

Humanities: Humanities Elective (3 credits)


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the human experience in historical, cultural or literary contexts.
  • Apply critical thinking and interdisciplinary perspectives to course content.

* Students will complete an additional humanities course from any of the above categories, or from other humanities disciplines that meet learning goals and state measurable outcomes.