The Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship provides a foundation for Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) undergraduates 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.

As of the Fall of 2023, the General Education Requirements at CWRU have changed. These changes only affect students who matriculated during or after the 2023-2024 academic year. Those students should refer to the current Bulletin for descriptions of their GE requirements.

For all students who started at CWRU before the fall of 2023, SAGES is still part of the undergraduate General Education requirements. For the complete list of GE requirements for these students, please consult the Bulletin for the year you matriculated, following the GE requirements for the school of your primary major. 

Starting in Summer 2024, students can fulfill a University Seminar requirement by completing any USNA, USSO, or USSY coursethere is no longer the requirement that each course comes from a different thematic area. In addition, students can satisfy a University Seminar requirement by successfully completing a corresponding Communication Intensive course associated with the new General Education Requirements. You can find these designated courses on SIS by using the “Degree Requirements” filter. Please note that a Communication Intensive course taken to fulfill a University Seminar requirement does not also satisfy breadth requirements.

For questions related to SAGES, please contact

For questions related to the 2023-2024 GER, please contact your four-year advisor.

For questions related to the Writing Program or the Writing Resource Center, please visit the WP website.


SAGES Fellow Lisa Nielson wins Bloom Award

The Richard A. Bloom, M.D. Award was established to honor distinguished teaching in the SAGES program, part of Case Western Reserve’s core undergraduate curriculum. Each year, students are invited to nominate their instructors who go above and beyond both in and out of the classroom. The 2021 recipient is Lisa...

SAGES Fellow Gabrielle Parkin receives 2021 Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

Interim director of the Writing Resource Center, and SAGES Fellow Dr Gabrielle Parkin has been awarded the 2021 Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. At the height of the pandemic, Parkin helped ensure the welfare of the community by coordinating the “Free Little Food Pantry” in an effort...

SAGES Fellow Anthony Wexler receives Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

This year's Wittke Award has been given to SAGES Fellow Dr. Anthony Wexler, who teaches the course The Landscape of Memory, which examines how and why we preserve the memory of collective traumas through literature, monuments, memorials, museums, new technologies and social media. The course uses the Holocaust and...

Gabrielle Parkin named as COVID-19 Champion honoree

Dr. Gabrielle Parkin, SAGES Fellow and interim Director of the Writing Resource Center, has been named as one of the Runners-up for Covid-19 Champion, an award set up to honor those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the welfare of students and the...

Scholar Strike

We support #ScholarStrike, a national effort by academics to focus attention on police violence, mass incarceration, and other manifestations of racism - especially against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.  On Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9, 2020, we encourage all members of the CWRU community to reflect...

Hamilton and the Bibliographical Revolution in the Classroom

SAGES Fellow Caitlin Kelly has an article in Age of Revolutions charting the way the students in her SAGES course Hamilton and American Identity (FSSY185M) use resources such as bibliographies to direct their own learning.