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Curriculum

The major in Public Policy provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the mechanisms by which government interacts with stakeholders for the common good. 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. While discussions of public policy issues are often controversial and polarized, the underlying principle of the major is one of sound analysis first and logical advocacy second. These skills are further developed through internship and/or practical research experiences.

Students who major in Public Policy often enter careers in the government or within the government relations sections of the private sector. The major also provides a strong background for students planning to attend law school or to continue on with graduate studies in public policy, public administration, public health, or social policy.

The Public Policy major has 10 units:

  • 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
    • Substitutions 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 towards 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.

Conference Grants 2012-2013

Allgaier, Hannah (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Identification of the DNA Binding Surface on the SIRV Capsid Protein." Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, April 20-24, 2013. Boston, MA.

Anderson, Dana (Adviser: Barbara Keyes). "Degrees, Methods, and Locations of Outpatient Practitioners Treating Anorexia Nervosa." Presented the the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013. Washington, DC.

Baguzis, Melissa (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "Automated Detection of Movement and Location of an Earthworm." Presented at the Pavlovian Society Meeting, September 20-23, 2012. Jersey City, NJ.

Blauvelt, Kelsi (Adviser: Nicolle Zellner). "Automated Methods for MALDI-TOF MS Analysis of Samples." Presented at the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, October 6, 2012. Ann Arbor, MI.

Copi, Chelsea (Adviser: Cliff Harris). "Toward the Synthesis of 6-benzyl-2-thiouracil." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Coyne, Alice (Adviser: Barbara Keyes). "Methodological Challenges: Conducting Practice-Based Research In a Small Outpatient Clinic." Presented the the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013. Washington, DC.

Dix, Michael (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Palladium Nanoparticles on Porous Carbon Microspheres As Catalysts For Hydrogenation Reactions." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Dougherty, Grace (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "The Role of CSF1 in Hepatocellular Carcinoma-recruited Macrophages." Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, April 20-24, 2013. Boston, MA.

Earl, Erica (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Formation of Erythrose From Glycoaldegyde Using Bentonite Clay as a Catalyst."  Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Ganem, Alysandra (Adviser: Nicolle Zellner). "Lunar Astrophotography." Presented at the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, October 6, 2012. Ann Arbor, MI.

Gerber, Hayley (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "The Effect of Electron Density Within Vanadium Complexes Having Differing Substituents on Toxicity to Cancer Cells." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Habicht, M. Helen (Adviser: Carrie Menold). "Quantifying Paths in UHP Terranes: A 3-D Approach Using Thermobarometry and Field Relationships." Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2012. Charlotte, NC.

Hiday, Aaron (Adviser: Timothy Lincoln). "Investigation of Bioturbation and Groundwater Sapping as Possible Causes of Diel Turbidity Cycles in Rice Creek, Kalamazoo Watershed in Michigan." Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2012. Charlotte, NC.

Kribs, Zachary (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "Age, Personality, and Time of Day Preference: A Meditational Relationship." Presented the the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013. Washington, DC.

Kruppe, Christopher (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Synthesis of Shaped Nanoparticles Structured to Supports." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Nanna, Alex (Adviser: Andrew French). "Methylation of Heterocycles Using Fenton Chemistry."  Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Nwe, Phu Khat (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis and Evaluation of a New Substrate For Aryl Iodide Organocatalysis." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Paxton, Holly (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "Automated Detection of Movement and Location of an Earthworm." Presented at the Pavlovian Society Meeting, September 20-23, 2012. Jersey City, NJ.

Pender, Mitchell (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Synthesis and Characterization of Substituted Bis-sulfate-bridged Binuclear Oxovanadium (IV) Macrocyclic Complexes." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Pickworth, Katie (Adviser: Barbara Keyes). "Degrees, Methods, and Locations of Outpatient Practitioners Treating Anorexia Nervosa." Presented the the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013. Washington, DC.

Plasman, Haley (Adviser: Dean McCurdy). "Using Macroinvertebrates as Bioindicators of Water Quality in Rice Creek, Michigan." Presented at the Benthic Ecological Meeting, March 20-23, 2013. Savannah, GA.

Renaud, Elizabeth (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "The Annelidometer: Automated Monitoring of an Earthworm's Position and Movement." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Sanders, Stephanie (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Room Temperature Synthesis of Shaped Palladium Nanoparticles on Carbon Substrates." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Schroeder, Krysta (Adviser: Andrew French). "Isolation of Podophyllotoxin From Juniperus scopulorum Post Essential Oil Extraction." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Schuetz, Blake (Adviser: Eric Hill). "Authoritarian Parenting, Cognitive Style, and the Religious Fundamentalism-Homonegativity Relationship." Presented the the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013. Washington, DC.

Shewach, Oren (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "The Protestant Work Ethic: Its Relationship to the Big Five Personaltiy Factors." Presented the the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013. Washington, DC.

Sovansky, Erin (Adviser: Mareike Wieth). "Creativity in Musicians: Creativity Requires More Than Simply Playing Music." Presented the the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013. Washington, DC.

Spencer-Sturdavant, William (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Optimization of the Acetoxylation of (+)-Limonene in the Presence of Zeolite H-beta." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Sutherland, Annie (Adviser: Jacque Carlson). "Pedagogical Aids in College Textbooks: Aids Do Not Significantly Facilitate Learning." Presented the the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013. Washington, DC.

Thomas, Joseph (Adviser: Cliff Harris). "Preparation and Use of PdNP Catalysts For Hydrogenation of Organic Compounds." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Walker, Ryan (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "The Effects of Friendship Level on the Use of the Anchoring Heuristic: Who Do You Trust?" Presented at The Society for Personality and Social Psychology National Conference January 17-19, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Ward, Anna (Adviser: Dean McCurdy). "Using Macroinvertebrates as Bioindicators of Water Quality in Rice Creek, Michigan." Presented at the Benthic Ecological Meeting, March 20-23, 2013. Savannah, GA.

Waun, Cassaundra (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Analysis of Glycolaldehyde After Simulated Terrestrial Impact Experiments." Presented at the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, October 6, 2012. Ann Arbor, MI.

Waun, Cassaundra (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Analysis of Glycolaldehyde After Simulated Meteoritic Impact Experiments." Presented at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 6-9, 2013. New Orleans, LA.

Weiss, Brian (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "Openness and Divergent Thinking: Investigating Possible Mediating Factors."  Presented the the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2013. Washington, DC.

 

 

Summer Research Projects, Summer 2015

Anthropology and Sociology 

A Theoretical Synthesis of Poverty and Dehumanization
Yuanyuan Liu (Adviser: Scott Melzer)

Art and Art History

The Underdog-A Graphic Novel
Shenoa Butcher (Adviser: Ashley Feagin)

Materializing Virtual Weaponry
Austin Christie (Adviser: Lynne Chytilo)

Beyond Dates: A Photographic Presentation of Albion’s History
Audrey DeGroot (Adviser: Ashley Feagin)

An Exploration of Sculptural Form Based on Personal Vulnerability
Taylor Shell (Adviser: Lynne Chytilo)

Biochemistry

Synthesis and Characterization of Nucleic Acid Aptamers Targeted at Aspergillus Galactomannan Surface Carbohydrate
Jessica Bush (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman)

Synthesis and Characterization of Nucleic Acid Aptamers Targeted at Aspergillus Fungus Cell Surface Carbohydrates
Megan Sheridan (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman)

Biology

Testing the Novel Weapons Hypothesis: Does Spotted Knapweek (Centaurea macula Lam.) have an Allopathic Impact?
Elise Anderson (Adviser: Sheila Lyons-Sobaski)

Role of Micro RNA in Cytokine Production
Zachary Barry (Adviser: Brad Rabquer)

Neural Alpha Synuclein-Proteasome Interaction in a Drosophila Model of Parkinson’s Disease
Erik Brink (Adviser: Ken Saville)

Effect of Parental Provisioning on Post-Fledgling Behaviour of House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon)
William Davis (Adviser: E. Dale Kennedy)

Micro RNA, miR-9 and mir181c, Regulation of Monocyte Migration and Cytokine Production in Inflammation
Joshua Gaudette (Adviser: Brad Rabquer)

Effect of Noise on Nestling Responses to Food Calls in House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon)
Carleigh McMahon (Adviser: E. Dale Kennedy)

Vanadium Complexes Inhibit the Growth of HT-29 and MCF-7 Cell Lines Through Possible Apoptotic Pathways
Brandon Moretti (Adviser: Brad Rabquer)

An Exploration of GMOs as a Means of Learning about Science Writing
Emma Stapley (Adviser: Dan Skean)

Effect of iButton Color on Parental Provisioning and Post-Fledgling Behaviour of House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon)
Stephanie Thurner (Adviser: E. Dale Kennedy)

Testing the Novel Weapons Hypothesis: Does Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa Lam.) have an Allelopathic Impact?
Angela Walczyk (Adviser: Sheila Lyons-Sobaski)

Chemistry

Optimization of Boronic Acid Homocouplings
Pietro Geisler (Adviser: Cliff Harris)

Assessment and Design of Mobile Apps for Aiding Understanding of Molecular Structure
Courtney Kondor (Adviser: Craig Bieler)

Quantitive Water Testing Using API Kits
Alyssa Obert (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey)

Communications

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Relationship Development Using Tinder
Laura Yurgalite (Adviser: Karen Erlandson)

Economics and Management

Albion Accelerator-"Albion MakerSpace"
Alex Kulogowski (Adviser: Vicki Baker)
 

English

Animal Geography: Contributing to the Map of Early Modern London (MoEML)
Kathleen Casebeer (Adviser: Ian MacInnes)

Mapping Early Modern London: Examining the Impact of Animals upon the Development of London Society
Dana Demchak (Adviser: Ian MacInnes)

Finding the Missing Puzzle Piece: My Life With an Autistic Brother
Melanie Fodera (Adviser: Glen Deutsch)

Ford Institute

Recreation Master Plan for the City of Albion
Alena Farooq (Adviser: Patrick McLean)

The Social and Economic Impact of Recreational Trails on Michigan Communities
Danielle Nelson (Adviser: Patrick McLean)

Geology

Systematics and Evolution of Eocene Dermatemydid Turtles
Emily Ebaugh (Adviser: William Bartels)

A Description and Systematic Analysis of Eocene Basin-Center Crocodylids From the Green River Basin, Wyoming
Daniel Traub (Adviser: William Bartels)

Math and Computer Science

Mathematical Abstraction of Contrapuntal Elements in N-tone Pitch Systems
Jonathan Takeshita (Adviser: Mark Bollman)

Microbiology

Determining the Optimal Metalloid Concentration for Hydrolytic Enzyme Activities of Microbial Communities
Lauren Rasmussen (Adviser: Ola Olapade)

Music

An Intensive Exploration of the Art of Jazz Improvisation
Sarah McDaniel (Adviser: Dan Palmer)

Physics

Evaluation of Entrance Materials
Kevin Claucherty (Adviser: Charles Moreau)

Psychology

Effect of MK-801 on Learning Capabilities of Lumbricus terrestris
Brandon Johnson (Adviser: W. J. Wilson

Family Cohesiveness and Attitudes Toward People Who Seek Psychological Counseling
Jessica McKindles (Adviser: Eric Hill)

 

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