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Honors Program Courses

HSP 12xH Great Issues in Science (1)
A seminar for Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program students in which they read and discuss classic and modern works in the history, philosophy, methodology and ethics of science and technology. All seminars fulfill one of the Modes of Inquiry requirements of the College's core curriculum. Staff.

HSP 13xH Great Issues in Humanities (1)
A seminar for Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program students in which they read and discuss classic and modern works of philosophers and humanists. All seminars fulfill one of the Modes of Inquiry requirements of the College's core curriculum. Staff.

HSP 15xH Great Issues in Social Science (1)
A seminar for Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program students in which they read and discuss classic and modern works on methodology, philosophy and policy issues in the social sciences. All seminars fulfill one of the Modes of Inquiry requirements of the College's core curriculum. Staff.

HSP 17xH Great Issues in Fine Arts (1)
A seminar for Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program students in which they explore, through representative readings, exhibits, concerts, performances and lectures, major issues in the development of the fine arts: the relationship between the artist and society, the evolution of critical theory in the arts and the nature of creativity. Individual courses may focus on the visual arts, music, theatre, film or dance. All seminars fulfill one of the Modes of Inquiry requirements of the College's core curriculum. Staff.

HSP 289H Selected Topics (1)
Prerequisite: Permission of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program director.
An examination of a special topic which is not included in the regular curriculum. Staff.

HSP 397H Thesis Development Colloquy (1/4)
A workshop open to Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program juniors and second semester sophomores which guides them through the process of finding and developing a thesis topic and assembling a thesis committee. Students also develop their library research and other thesis-related skills. In the semester they enroll in the colloquy, Honors students may take up to 4 3/4 units without additional tuition charge. Offered on a credit no credit basis. Staff.

HSP 422H Honors Thesis (1/2-1)
Directed independent study leading to the submission of an Honors Thesis. Normally, students begin their thesis research in the second semester of their junior year by enrolling for 1/2 unit of Honors Thesis credit with their thesis adviser. This process continues during the students' senior year when they normally take another one to two units of Honors Thesis credit in order to complete their research and write up their results. In the semesters they enroll for Honors Thesis credit, Honors students may take up to five units (where 1/2 unit is for thesis credit) without additional tuition charge.

Interdepartmental Majors

Course work and faculty for the following majors are drawn from two different departments. Students with specific questions regarding these majors should contact the registrar for further information.

Mathematics/Economics

The interdepartmental major in mathematics/economics is intended for those students who wish to combine these two areas of study but do not want to limit their course work in other liberal arts areas by having to take all of the classes necessary for completion of the two majors. Students interested in economics can learn the mathematical approach to this discipline, while students interested in mathematics will learn the importance of mathematics as a theoretical and empirical tool for solving economic and business problems. Students with this interdepartmental major will be well prepared to enter a career in business consulting or to enroll in graduate programs in economics, business, operations research or applied mathematics.

Requirements for Major

  • A student satisfies the requirement for the mathematics/economics major by successfully completing the following twelve courses:
    1. Economics and Management 101, 102, 230, 232, 379, 380.
    2. Mathematics 141, 143, 239, 245, 247, 309.
    3. One course from the following: Mathematics 326, 331, 360.
  • Each department may waive one or more of its own courses for students with advanced high school preparation.
  • All courses for the mathematics/economics major must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • Mathematics/economics majors are expected to attend all colloquia of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.
  • This major is not intended to lead to secondary teacher certification; however, a student may combine this major with a certification major in mathematics.
  • This major is not open to those who have a major in mathematics or economics.

Mathematics/Physics

The interdepartmental major in mathematics/physics is intended for those students who wish to combine these two areas of study, but do not want to major in one at the expense of the other or be limited by the concentration of courses in two departments necessary for a double major. The student with this major could enter a career in computer science or would be well prepared to enter a program in applied mathematics or mathematical physics.

Requirements for Major

  • A student satisfies the minimum requirements by doing all of the following:
    1. Completing successfully Physics 167, 168, 243, 244, 250, 325, 336.
    2. Completing successfully Mathematics 141, 143, 245, 247. The Mathematics and Computer Science Department may waive one or more of these courses for students with advanced high school preparation.
    3. Completing successfully Physics 380 or Mathematics 380, Mathematical Physics, a joint offering of the two departments.
  • The major is not intended to lead to secondary teacher certification and is not open to those who have a major in both mathematics and physics. However, a student may combine this major with a certification major in either mathematics or physics.
  • All courses for the mathematics/physics major must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • Mathematics/physics majors are expected to attend all colloquia of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department and the Physics Department.

Interdisciplinary Majors

Course work and faculty for the following majors are drawn from several different departments. Students with specific questions regarding these majors should contact the respective program director or the registrar for further information.

Ethnic Studies

Information on the ethnic studies major is given under that heading in the departmental listings.

Social Studies

Information on the social studies major with elementary or secondary education certification is given under the Education Department.

International Studies

Information on the international studies major is given under that heading in the departmental listings.

Public Policy

Information on the public policy major is given under that heading in the departmental listings.

Women's and Gender Studies

Information on the women's and gender studies major is given under that heading in the departmental listings.

Faculty

Timothy N. Lincoln, director, Center for Sustainability and the Environment; professor of geological sciences.
B.S., 1972, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ph.D., 1978, University of California, Los Angeles.

Douglas W. White, associate director, Center for Sustainability and the Environment; adjunct assistant professor of biology.
B.S., 1976, Pennsylvania State University; M.S., 1978, University of Tennessee; Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University.

Introduction

The Center for Sustainability and the Environment (CSE), through its member students and affiliated faculty, encourages all Albion students to develop an awareness of the physical makeup of the biosphere and an appreciation of the vulnerability of the ecosystem. It further encourages students to explore environmental issues from multidisciplinary perspectives and to recognize that their actions have environmental consequences. Through dynamic interaction between environmental theory and practice, locally based but recognizing that the environment knows no boundaries, the Center enriches its immediate and extended communities.

Admission—Students must apply for admission to the Center and the majors and concentrations that it sponsors. Normally this step is taken as part of the application process to the College, and most members are admitted as incoming students. Admission to the Center is also available, by application, to all first- and second-year Albion students. Visit the Center's website for information on the application process.

Policy on Advanced Placement Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for Biology 195. Students who place out of Chemistry 121 are required to take Chemistry 123. Students with AP credit for Mathematics 141 are required to take Mathematics 143 or 210.

Majors and Concentrations

There are three majors and two concentrations offered by the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. Majors may be completed in environmental science, environmental studies, and sustainability studies. Concentrations are offered in environmental sciences and environmental studies.

Requirements for Major in Environmental Science

The ten-unit environmental science major provides broad exposure to environmental sciences at the introductory level, focused work in science at the upper level and a set of cognates designed to show the social and humanistic context in which scientists work.

  • Core: Five units of science and mathematics, consisting of Biology 195, Chemistry 121, Geology 101, Geology 111 and Mathematics 141.
  • Science electives: Five units of focused work in science. Courses should have a central theme such as (but not limited to) habitat protection, modeling in environmental science, or water resources, and should be selected in consultation with a science faculty adviser and approved by the CSE director. Courses must be at the 200-level or higher, no more than three courses can be in one department, and at least one 300-level course must be included. Before beginning the study of theme, the student must secure the CSE director’s approval of the proposed five-course sequence. This approval must be granted no later than mid-semester of the second semester of the student’s sophomore year. A copy of the approved program and any subsequently approved changes are to be filed with the registrar after being signed by the CSE director.
  • Cognate courses: Two and one-half units, ENVN 201, ENVN 220, and one additional cognate selected from the “Society and Culture” or “Language, Idea and Image” lists in the environmental studies major.
  • Experiential requirements:
    • Attendance at a series of seminars each semester. In these, students who completed internships the previous semester will report on them, and other items of general interest, such as graduate schools and careers, will be discussed.
    • An environmental research project, service project or internship. Students should have prior approval of the CSE director, and must make a presentation in the seminar and submit a paper summarizing the experience.

Requirements for Concentration in Environmental Science

Some environmental careers are practiced primarily in one field of science. Students interested in pursuing such careers should consider the option of a science major with an environmental science concentration. It is strongly advised that students talk with science faculty in choosing their option.

The following are required for the concentration:

  • Core: A major in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, mathematics/physics, or physics and six additional courses as described below:
    • Four science courses in two sciences outside the student’s major including two or three units in one science and one or two in another. Only two courses can be at the introductory level, which means they lack prerequisites. Courses are to be selected from the list below and in consultation with the concentration director and the student’s major department. It is possible to substitute other upper-level science courses, depending on the interests of the student.
      Biology 195, 215, 216, 225, 227, 237, 332, 240, 365
      Chemistry 121,123, 200, 206, 211, 212, 337, 327 (1/2 unit)
      Geology 101, 202, 205, 208, 211, 216, 306, 307, 311
      Mathematics and Computer Science 209, 141, 143, 171, 173, 210
      Physics 115, 116, 167, 168
    • ENVN 220
    • One unit selected from the “Society and Culture” or “Language, Idea and Image” lists in the environmental studies major or one additional upper-level science course not in the student’s major.
  • Experiential requirements:
    • Attendance at a series of seminars each semester. In these, students who completed internships the previous semester will report on them, and other items of general interest, such as graduate schools and careers, will be discussed.
    • An environmental research project, service project or internship. Students should have prior approval of the concentration director, and must make a presentation in the seminar and submit a paper summarizing the experience.

Requirements for Major in Environmental Studies

The ten-unit environmental studies major provides a deep understanding of the complex relationships among natural and social systems, as well as a proficiency in the analytical, rhetorical and creative skills necessary to perceive the wonders of the natural and human worlds and to solve the environmental challenges we face in the twenty-first century.

  • Core: Four units of required foundation courses consisting of: Anthropology 105, ENVN 101, Biology 195, Geology 101.
  • Categories of emphasis: Six units total from the following three categories with at least one but no more than three courses in each category. If students choose to take three courses from a single category, at least two courses must be at the 200-level.
    • Earth Systems
      Biology 206, 237, 240
      Geology 103, 104, 106, 111, 115, 211, 306, 311
      Physics 102
      Mathematics 109, 210
    • Language, Idea and Image
      Art 121, 241
      Art History 311, 315
      Communication Studies 311
      English 206, 238, 354, 358
      Philosophy 335
    • Society and Culture
      Anthropology 220, 240, 271
      Economics 273
      ENVN 220
      History 337, 382
      International Studies 130
      Philosophy 206, 220, 301, 304
      Political Science 216, 356
      Religious Studies 242
  • Experiential requirements:
    • Attendance at a series of seminars each semester. In these, students who completed internships the previous semester will report on them, and other items of general interest, such as graduate schools and careers, will be discussed.
  • Completion of one of the following for up to one-half unit:
    • An environmental research project, service project or internship. Students should have prior approval of the concentration director, and must make a presentation in the seminar and submit a paper summarizing the experience.
    • One-year of residence in Environmental House with ENVN 206: Sustainable Living Seminar. (Note that residence in the E-House is not available in 2015-16.)
    • ENVN 201: Ecology and Environmental Field Trip

Requirements for Concentration in Environmental Studies

The environmental studies concentration is designed for students who have an interest in environmental issues and plan careers in related fields. Due to the varying interests and backgrounds of the students who choose this option, the choice of courses for this concentration is more open than in the environmental science concentration. Participating students may pursue a major in any field. Students who complete this concentration might, for example, enter science journalism or work for environmental advocacy groups.

The following are required for the concentration:

  • ENVN 102, 220.
  • Two skills courses selected from the following: Economics 101, English 203, Mathematics 209, Political Science 216.
    No more than one lab science course selected from the following (this option not available for science majors): Biology 195, Chemistry 121, Geology 101.
  • Two courses that deal explicitly with environmental issues, selected in consultation with the director.
  • One course in the student’s major that is given an environmental focus by completion of an environmental paper, project or activity within the existing structure of the course. Normally these will be at the 200-level or higher. This work will be done in consultation with the director and the course instructor.
  • Experiential requirements:
    • Attendance at a series of seminars each semester. In these, students who completed internships the previous semester will report on them, and other items of general interest, such as graduate schools and careers, will be discussed.
    • An environmental research project, service project or internship. Students should have prior approval of the concentration director, and must make a presentation in the seminar and submit a paper summarizing the experience.

Requirements for Major in Sustainability Studies

The major in sustainability studies at Albion College is an interdisciplinary, international program that is grounded in the social sciences and designed for students who are engaged in today’s and tomorrow’s sustainability challenges. Students develop an understanding of human prosperity, social justice, and ecological integrity as essential elements in a sustainable world. Students explore the relationships among the economy, lifestyle, politics and policy, the physical environment, natural resource use, climate change and biodiversity preservation. A required international experience stresses the global dimensions of sustainability and introduces other nations’ approaches to sustainability. Students prepare for careers as sustainability professionals in corporate and civic settings, policy advocates, and educators.

The requirements for the major in sustainability studies are as follows:

Nine and one-quarter to ten units of courses including:

  • ENVN 101, 102 and  220;
  • One of the following: Anthropology 271, 357 or Political Science 237;
  • Two of the following, with at least one from the arts and humanities list, and both from different departments:
    • Art 315, English 206, 238, 354, Philosophy 301 (arts and humanities courses); 
    • Political Science 216, History 337, Communications 331 (social science courses).

In some cases, courses may require prerequisites, class standing or permission of the instructor. Please discuss these options with your adviser.

  • PBSV 289: Innovative and Sustainable Cities
  • Study abroad in an approved program, with a minimum of three courses summing to a minimum of 2.25 units approved in advance. A list of programs and approved courses is available from the director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment.

 Two cognate courses including:

  • Geology 111
  • One of the following: Anthropology 240, Biology 240, Geology 104, 106, 115, Physics 102.

 Experiential requirement including:

  • Selection from one approved opportunity for experiential learning (up to one-half unit). This can include one of the following:
    • Honors Program or departmental honors thesis 
    • FURSCA
    • ENVN 201or 206
    • An approved internship or summer work experience
  •  Participation in the bi-weekly Center for Sustainability and the Environment Seminar unless excused because of a conflicting obligation.

Environmental Courses

101 Fundamentals of Environmental Studies (1)
A theoretical and practical introduction to the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies. Cultivates both a broad understanding of ecological principles and the creative capacity to imagine and enact individual and social change that takes those principles into account. Christiansen, White.

102 Introduction to the Environment (1)
Explores the interconnected web of earth's natural systems including the atmosphere, biological communities, oceans and continents, as well as humankind's interactions with and dependence on them. Major topics include global climate and problems of global warming and desertification; resources and problems of world hunger and population growth; and pollution and problems of ecosystem destruction. Staff.

187, 188, 189 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

201 Ecology and Environmental Field Trip (1/2)
Prerequisites: Membership in the Center for Sustainability of the Environment and permission of the instructor.
Demonstrates, in seminars and a one-two week field trip to a selected region of the United States, how ecosystems have been shaped by the interplay of biological, geological and human history and are thus both adapted to, and susceptible to changes in, modern landscape, climate and human practices. Examines environmental issues of both local and national significance related to these ecosystems. Staff.

206 Sustainable Living Seminar (1/2)
Residents of the College's E-house and other students explore, through practice, the relationship between their daily actions and the earth's ecosystems. Several models of sustainability are discussed, and students are asked to articulate the view they believe appropriate for their own lives. Students cooperatively develop a significant improvement in the house or its grounds and monitor the environmental footprint of their actions. Note that residence in the E-House is not available in 2015-16. Staff.

220 Economics, Politics, and Environmental Policy (1)
Examines decisions affecting environmental quality made by government, businesses and individuals; economic analysis relevant to such decisions; the policy-making process; and dispute resolution techniques that may be useful in conflicts over environmental issues. Focuses on current national and local environmental policies, with comparisons to practices in other countries. Saltzman.

287, 288, 289 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

387, 388, 389 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
An examination of subjects or areas not included in other courses. Staff.

391, 392 Internship (1/2, 1)
Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Staff.

401, 402 Seminar (1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
Staff.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1)
Staff.

Staff

Patrick A. McLean, director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.
B.A., 1985, University of Dayton; M.A., 1987, Miami University (Ohio).

Edward J. Visco, associate director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.
B.A., 2004, Albion College; M.Ed., 2006, Chestnut Hill College.

Introduction

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 of all majors with a serious interest in public service. The program includes courses in ethics, public policy, and political science, as well as a range of choices from courses in economics and management, English, modern languages, and communication. Students must be admitted to the Ford Institute to pursue this concentration. Visit the Ford Institute website for information on the application process.

The major in public policy provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how government works and why government decisions matter. It draws on the principles, practices, and research methods of the social sciences and philosophy to provide students with the theoretical and analytic skills relevant to today's most pressing global issues. The major prepares students for careers in government, for private-sector careers related to government policy, or for careers with a range of non-profits and international organizations. It also provides strong preparation for students planning on attending law school or earning a master's degree and/or Ph.D. in public policy, public administration, public health or social policy.

Major and Concentration

Requirements for Major in Public Policy

  • Five units: Economics and Management 101 and 230, Philosophy 304, and Political Science 216 and 338
  • One unit in statistics chosen from among Economics and Management 235, Mathematics 209.
  • One unit in research methods chosen from among Anthropology and Sociology 224, Economics and Management 379 and Political Science 100.
  • Two units, which must be taken in two different departments, chosen from the following restricted electives related to public policy:
    Anthropology and Sociology 345, 370
    Economics and Management 232, 273, 322, 323, 331, 353, 354, 375
    Education 202
    Environment 220
    History 243
    Philosophy 206, 301, 302, 303, 308, 335
    Political Science 214, 220, 319, 322, 323, 324
    Substitution as approved by the Ford Institute director.
  • One unit from among an internship, Honors thesis, or directed study in public policy approved by the Ford Institute Internal Advisory Committee.
  • A substantial paper and an oral presentation on a topic related to public policy. This paper and presentation will be completed as one of the requirements listed above.

Students who double major in public policy and another field may count up to one unit toward the requirements of both majors. If there is more than one unit of overlap between the majors, then the student must take additional electives in one of the majors to substitute for every unit of overlap beyond one in consultation with the department chair or program director.

Students who enroll in the Washington Semester program at the American University can receive up to two units of credit toward the requirements of the public policy major, subject to the approval of the Ford Institute director and the Ford Internal Advisory Committee.

Requirements for Concentration in Public Policy and Service

  • A minimum of six and one-half units including the following. Note: Students must be admitted to the Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service to pursue this concentration.
  • PBSV 101, Introduction to Public Service. (Required for first year.)
  • Political Science 101: Politics of American Democracy
  • Political Science 216: Public Policy Analysis
  • At least one unit selected from Communication Studies 241, 245; English 203, 205, 207, Economics and Management 101, one semester of modern language at the 200-level or above
  • At least one unit selected from Philosophy 201, 202, 206, 301, 302, 303, 304, 308, 309, 335, or Religion 242
  • Internship (one unit)
  • PBSV 397, Senior Colloquium (to be taken during spring of senior year, or junior year with permission of instructor)
  • All courses for the concentration must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Public Policy and Service Courses

101 Introduction to Public Service (1)
Prerequisite: Membership in the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.
Introduces new Ford Institute students to public policy and public service issues. Examines a broad range of themes including ethics, civic engagement, the history of public service in the United States and contemporary public policy concerns. Offered in the fall. McLean.

391, 392 Internship (1/2, 1)
Offered on a credit/no credit basis. McLean.

397 Senior Colloquium (1/2)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Analysis of selected public policy issues. Colloquium includes discussion of the economics, politics, social and ethical factors that go into the making of public policy. Offered in the spring. McLean.

401, 402 Seminar (1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
McLean.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1)
McLean.

Faculty

Tammy J. Jechura, associate professor of psychological science.
B.S., 1994, Bowling Green State University; M.A., 1999, Ph.D., 2002, University of Michigan.

Barbara J. Keyes, professor of psychological science.
B.A., 1970, College of Wooster; M.A., 1973, Ph.D., 1976, Bowling Green State University.

Ruth E. Schmitter, professor of biology.
B.S., 1964, Michigan State University; M.Sc., 1966, University of Edinburgh; Ph.D., 1973, Harvard University.

W. Jeffrey Wilson, professor of psychological science.
B.A., 1977, Haverford College; M.A., 1978, Ph.D., 1983, University of California, Los Angeles.

Introduction

The neuroscience concentration, which is selected in addition to an academic major, was designed for students who are interested in the neural underpinnings of behavior and cognition. The concentration begins with core courses providing a multi-disciplinary, multi-divisional introduction to the study of the mind/brain that spans all levels of current neuroscientific research. Advanced course work allows students to pursue lines of inquiry they find especially attractive in the core courses, and in a major research project or internship they pursue a theoretical or practical test of their developing skills. This approach to neuroscience provides Albion students with the knowledge, insight and research skills necessary for success in graduate study or careers in the life sciences.

Admission—The neuroscience concentration is open to all students, regardless of academic major. However, because many of the courses have prerequisites, students who elect the neuroscience concentration are typically majors in biology, chemistry or psychology. Students must apply for admission to the concentration and are advised to do so during their sophomore year. For more information and an application form, contact one of the faculty members who direct the concentration.

Concentration

The following are required for the neuroscience concentration:

  • Core: Neuroscience 241, 242, Chemistry 121.
  • Four courses from an approved list in biology, philosophy and psychology, selected from at least two different departments. See detailed list.
  • A major research project or internship.

Neuroscience Courses

241 Neuroscience I: Brain Structure and Function (1)
Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor.
An introduction to brain structure and function. Emphasis on the way the nervous system is organized to process information, construct representation of the world and generate adaptive behavior. Lecture, discussion, dissection. Same as Psychology 241. Jechura, Keyes, Schmitter, Wilson.

242 Neuroscience II: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (1)
Prerequisites: Neuroscience 241 and Biology 195, or permission of instructor.
An introduction to neuroscience with emphasis at the cellular and molecular levels. Covers structure and function of neurons and glial cells, electrical and chemical synapses, neurotransmitters, aspects of vision, axon guidance and outgrowth, energy metabolism in the brain, and the hormones and brain regions that affect eating activity and behavior. Schmitter.

391, 392 Internship (1/2, 1)
Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Staff.

401, 402 Seminar (1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
Staff.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1)
Staff.

Staff

Patrick A. McLean, director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.
B.A., 1985, University of Dayton; M.A., 1987, Miami University (Ohio).

Edward J. Visco, associate director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.
B.A., 2004, Albion College; M.Ed., 2006, Chestnut Hill College.

Introduction

Law is one of the most significant expressions of a society’s social and political development. We live in a period of widespread public interest in law that arises from a concern with problems of social justice, social control and social deviance. The traditional academic disciplines have increasingly focused on such issues as the nature and origin of law, law-making and law-breaking, rights and obligations, and freedom and responsibility. These are matters of increasing concern to teachers, social workers, business executives, doctors and public servants whose professional responsibilities demand knowledge of the relationship of law to their own fields.

The goals of this interdisciplinary concentration, which is selected in addition to an academic major, are to affirm the intellectual importance of the study of law and society, and to provide a framework whereby faculty and students may explore different approaches to law by using the resources of one or more disciplines. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge to understand legal institutions, practices and ideas, and also to grasp their relationship to larger social, economic and political forces. The concentration in law, justice, and society should be seen within the context of an undergraduate liberal education. That is, it is not a preprofessional program, but is designed for interested students, whatever their future career orientation.

Neither the American Bar Association (ABA) nor the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) recommends a specific course of pre-law studies. Instead, both recommend a broad-based undergraduate program of study that encourages the acquisition of critical reading, writing and analytical skills—i.e., a liberal arts education.

Admission—The law, justice, and society concentration is open to all students, regardless of academic major. Students must apply for admission to the concentration, and due to the nature of the requirements, are advised to do so no later than the second semester of their sophomore year. For more information and an application form, contact the director of the concentration.

Concentration

The law, justice, and society concentration will be satisfied by the completion of six units of study, as follows:

  • LWJS 101, Introduction to Law, Justice, and Society (one unit). All students must take this gateway course for the concentration, unless exempted by the director of the concentration.
  • Four units, drawn from an approved list of courses, to be chosen in consultation with the director of the concentration. No more than two of the courses can be from the student’s major. See detailed list.
  • A program-related internship (one unit), to be approved by the director of the concentration.

Law, Justice, and Society Course

101 Introduction to Law, Justice, and Society (1)
Explores the basic issues of law's relationship to contemporary society. Topics include the nature as well as historical and social functions of law; the culture and role of major legal actors in the legal system (e.g., lawyers, judges, juries, police, technology); the tension between ideals and realities in law; and the role of law in addressing contemporary social problems. Fosters analytical and critical skills. Serves as the gateway class to the concentration in law, justice, and society; however, registration is open to all interested students. Rose.

391, 392 Internship (1/2, 1)
Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Staff.

401, 402 Seminar (1/2, 1)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
Staff.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1)
Staff.

Faculty

Barbara J. Keyes, director, human services concentration; professor of psychological science.
B.A., 1970, College of Wooster; M.A., 1973, Ph.D., 1976, Bowling Green State University.

Introduction

Albion’s human services concentration, which is selected in addition to an academic major, is designed to allow students to explore their interest in various human service careers, as well as to prepare them for entry-level positions upon graduation and/or for graduate school in human services disciplines. Students interested in the helping professions are expected to learn about underrepresented populations, administration and public policy, ethics, and professional practice. Human services promote physical and mental health through prevention, outreach, community organizing, and provision of services. Although human services workers will be employed primarily in applied settings, they may also have opportunities to conduct research that promotes physical and mental health.

Admission—Admission to the human services concentration is based on a genuine interest in exploring one or more of the human services areas and evidence of academic ability. Students must apply for admission to the concentration and are advised to do so during their sophomore year. For more information and an application form, contact the director of the human services concentration.

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