Drawing on the knowledge and methodologies associated with a number of different disciplines, the Albion women's and gender studies prorgram examines the role of gender through five distinct areas of study: Historical Contexts, Representations, Global Perspectives, Self-Making, and Institutions or Systems of Knowledge. Each area uses cross-cultural or multicultural investigations to understand the dynamics and differences in the operation of gender.
Within specific contexts but also across differences, the program also focuses on the lives of women—on women's past and present active involvement in the making of the world. Students experience this ongoing interplay of theory and practice both in the classroom and in the field, through research as well as through off-campus opportunities, including:
Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe: This program examines international feminist issues within a context of comparative women's studies. Three months of field research in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic or Turkey is followed by five weeks of independent study or an apprenticeship in London. Contact
, professor of women's and gender studies, or the Center for International Education and Off-Campus Programs.
The Sharon "Zo" Gates Rees Fellowship for Women in Public Office: Through the generous support of Sharon Rees, a 1953 alumnus of Albion College, this program promotes the interest of women seeking elected office and makes available to them the knowledge of how to achieve their goals. Applications are encouraged from Albion students who plan to intern in Washington, D.C. More information and applications are available through the Ford Institute.
Please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Department for more information about the experiential learning possibilities within our program.
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Mich.
Why I Chose Gerstacker: I chose Gerstacker because the internship program is an amazing opportunity. It is very important to get experience outside of the classroom.
What I'm Most Looking Forward to: I'm most looking forward to exploring my career options in the business world and meeting other students with similar interests.
Advice for Prospective Students: Your college choice is a very difficult decision. Choose the school that will give you the best opportunities and that will be the best in preparing you to achieve your future goals.
Hometown: Troy, Mich.
Clubs: Union Board, Accounting Society, Gerstacker Student Board, Delta Sigma Pi, Harrington Elementary Mentor, Alpha Lambda Delta
Why I Chose Gerstacker: I had a good feeling that the small, close and personable environment would be very vital to my success as a business student. I knew I wanted to do something with accounting and Gerstacker offered so many opportunities to network and really get to know some of the best firms around! With the requirement to do 2 internships, I knew I would be graduating with not only a great education, but also awesome experience in the business world.
My Favorite Part of My First Year: I would definitely have to say that my favorite part about being at college is the independence. It was a good feeling to be able to set my own schedule, and it was an even better feeling when I actually began to grasp the idea of time management and I started to follow it!
Advice to Prospective Students: My advice would be to make sure that you have fun your first year and make some good friends, but still stay focused and work hard, because when things don't work out, you will need your friends there to cheer you up. Just make sure that you are doing what makes you happy, and not something that you think you will regret the next day or the day after that.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Clubs: Men's Soccer, Smooth Transitions, Investment Club, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Intramural Sports
Why I Chose Gerstacker: To learn as much as possible about the business world, to have the opportunity to do different internships, and to build relationships with some really awesome people.
Most Memorable Gerstacker Moment: Traveling to France and creating an international business plan that incorporated the cultures of both the U.S. and France. We had an amazing time, and learned a lot about intercultural differences.
Advice for Prospective Students: Live ever day to the fullest! Since you never what will happen tomorrow, take advantage of every great opportunity that comes your way.