President Gerald R. Ford created what is now the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service at Albion College in 1977. The Institute provides an opportunity for undergraduate-level students to explore policy issues more fully and to prepare future leaders in all fields through course work, service, internships and personal mentoring.
The Ford Institute concentration is open to students with a serious interest in public service, regardless of their academic major. The program includes courses in ethics, public policy and communication, as well as a range of choices from courses in economics and management, English, modern languages, history and political science. Students must be admitted to the Ford Institute to pursue this concentration. Visit the Ford Institute Web site for information on the application process.
The interdepartmental public policy major, open to all students, provides a broad background in the social sciences, along with institutional knowledge and analytic tools relevant to current domestic public policy debates. The major prepares students for careers in government or for private-sector careers related to government policy. It also provides good preparation for students planning on attending law school or earning a master's degree in public policy, public administration, public health or social policy.