The dual-degree program in engineering (DDPE) provides students foundational skills in science, mathematics, and computer science, as well as substantial experience in applying these skills to solving contemporary problems.
Engineering is a dynamic profession that is constantly striving to stay on the frontier of technological development. Albion DDPE graduates successfully adapt to this need for change; they are able to educate themselves and learn new techniques to stay abreast of their field.
Application examples include the design and realization of water purification systems, automotive/aerospace/marine vehicles, computer circuits/hardware, supply chain networks, and power grids, to name only a few. As such, DDPE graduates have substantial professional opportunities in both the public and private sector, ranging from design engineer to project manager to entrepreneur. Graduates are also well equipped to pursue graduate degrees in engineering, dentistry, medicine, or law.
Success Stories: Read about DDPE graduates Erin Knight, ’05 and Erich Owens, ’07
Carrie Booth Walling, Assistant Professor
Carrie Booth Walling is Assistant Professor of Political Science and teaches courses in international politics and human rights. Her research focuses on international responses to mass atrocity crimes including military humanitarian intervention and human rights trials; and how human rights norms are changing the meaning of state sovereignty at the United Nations. Walling is author of All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention, Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press 2013).
Walling has published articles on ethnic cleansing, humanitarian intervention and international human rights trials in the Journal of Peace Research, International Journal of Human Rights, Civil Wars and New Global Studies. Working collaboratively with Susan Waltz (University of Michigan), Walling has launched a new website on human rights advocacy and the history of international human rights standards. She is a member of the Holocaust Studies Service Learning Project Committee and the Genesee County Task Force on Human Trafficking.
Walling holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Minnesota (2008). Prior to joining the faculty at Albion in 2011, Walling was a postdoctoral fellow with the Michigan Society of Fellows at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan (2008-2011). She also holds a BA in International Relations from James Madison College, Michigan State University and Masters degrees in Strategic Studies and Political Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and University of Minnesota, respectively.
Learn more about Walling's teaching on human rights in this feature article, "A Matter of Conscience".
Walling teaches the following courses at Albion College:
- PLSC 103: Introduction to International Politics
- PLSC 206: Democratic Transitions
- PLSC 207: Transitional Justice
- PLSC 237: Controversies in Global Politics
- PLSC 301: International Organizations
- PLSC 356: Human Rights
- PLSC 357: International Law and Politics
- PLSC 372: Gender, Sex and International Politics
- PLSC 404: Causes of War
- All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).
- "Decision-makers in the Dock: How International Law, Trials and Human Rights Activism are Shaping the Justice Norm," New Global Studies, December 2012
- "The Impact of Human Rights Trials in Latin America," Journal of Peace Research, 44:4 (July 2007), 427-445, co-authored with Kathryn Sikkink.
- "Global Trends in Transitional Justice and Transitional Justice in Argentina," in Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Javier Mariezcurrena (eds.) Transitional Justice in the 21st Century: Beyond Truth and Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2006), co-authored with Kathryn Sikkink.
- "Ethnic Cleansing" in Ken Booth (ed.) The Kosovo Tragedy: Human Rights Dimensions (Frank Cass Publishers, 2001), 47-66.
- "The History and Politics of Ethnic Cleansing," International Journal of Human Rights, 4:3/4 (Autumn/Winter 2000).
- "Intervention, Emancipation and Kosovo," Civil Wars, 2:3 (Autumn 1999), 65-88.
2014 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address
April 24, 2014
Teacher, researcher, and author Richard Alley is Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. Alley has spent fourteen field seasons on great ice sheets in Antarctica, Greenland and Alaska, gathering data on climate and sea level change. His development of future climate change models earned him a seat on the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Alley is past chair of the National Research Council's Panel on Abrupt Climate Change, and has provided climate change information to top federal officials including a U.S. vice president and members and committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Committed to educating the general public as well, Alley was presenter for the PBS program "Earth: The Operators' Manual." He wrote a companion book for the PBS series and a popular account of climate change and ice cores, "The Two-Mile Time Machine," which was named Phi Beta Kappa's Science Book of the Year in 2001.
Alley is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has earned numerous research awards, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the Heinz Prize, the Revelle Medal of the American Geophysical Union and the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society. He has won four teaching awards at Penn State, and his public service has been recognized with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Public Engagement with Science Award, the Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America and the American Geological Institute Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences.
Alley will receive the National Academy of Sciences' triennial Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship April 27, 2014.
Introduction & Curriculum Overview
At the heart of the Albion Experience is an intellectually stimulating commitment to the liberal arts. Albion's core curriculum is a program of learning that is initiated with the First-Year Seminar and culminates with the conferring of the bachelor's degree. Students begin their academic careers in a First-Year Seminar designed to familiarize them with the liberal arts tradition in an intimate classroom environment that fosters open communication, nurtures critical thinking, and promotes improvement in writing and speaking. Albion is committed to having students complete their undergraduate education with an experience that brings continuity, coherence and focus to their academic course work and that involves the students themselves, soon-to-be graduates, as teachers, facilitators and presenters.
Between the First-Year Seminar and graduation, students complete other core courses: five Modes of Inquiry courses and four category requirements. These courses provide analytic tools for understanding the world, offer rich and complex accounts of social life, encourage examination of these accounts, and contribute to a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of learning and living in a global community. In addition, courses are distributed across the four divisions of the College: fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. The liberal arts core serves as the impetus and context for lifelong learning, preparing students for the phase after college when they must themselves provide education and expertise as well as continue to learn, collaborate, and facilitate at home, at work, and in a local and global community.
In addition to the core curriculum, all students are required to complete a major, which provides a depth of intellectual study that prepares students for graduate and professional school, as well as for a rich diversity of careers and life experiences. These majors may be a conventional departmental major, a not-so-conventional interdepartmental major or the unconventional individually designed major. A commitment to academic excellence within all academic departments ensures every student that fulfilling the requirements of the major will be a comprehensive and challenging scholarly experience. Other opportunities for in-depth exploration and clustering of courses include minors and concentrations.
Choice characterizes the general education requirements as well as the major. Each Albion student is an adult, capable of making sensible decisions about his or her personal future. But inherent in the right to make decisions is the potential to make mistakes. So Albion College provides assistance to students in planning their education. During their first year at Albion College, academic advisers are assigned to all students to monitor academic progress and help each student begin fulfilling his or her graduation requirements. After the first year, students are free to choose a faculty adviser who will help develop a program of study based on the student's goals. Students who do not meet with their adviser during each semester's academic advising period will not be allowed to register until they have proof of advising.
It is ultimately the student's responsibility to be aware of and fulfill all graduation requirements. To assist students in this endeavor, the Registrar's Office prepares and maintains an audit for each student at the end of the sophomore year. These reports indicate progress toward completing graduation requirements. Students are provided with updated audits prior to each fall semester. Audits are available from the student's adviser or directly through the Registrar's Office.
The primary responsibility for meeting the College's academic requirements rests with each student. This chart serves as a guide to the required and elective courses that fulfill the units needed for graduation. They are explained in greater detail on the following pages. The complete requirements for graduation are outlined in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.
I. Liberal Arts 101 (First-Year Seminar; 1 unit)
II. Modes of Inquiry (1 unit in each)
Artistic Creation and Analysis
Historical and Cultural Analysis
Modeling and Analysis
III. Category Requirements (1 unit in each)
The Brown Honors Institute core requirements are found in the Departments and Courses section.
Units for Core: 10
Among the 32 units required for graduation, the following distribution of courses must also be fulfilled. These courses can count toward modes, categories, majors, minors and/or concentrations.
- Two units in humanities (can be from same department): English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Honors
- Two units in mathematics or natural sciences (can be from same department): Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Honors
- Two units in social science (can be from same department): Anthropology and Sociology, Communication Studies, Economics and Management, History, Political Science, Psychology, Honors
- One unit in fine arts: Art and Art History, Music, Theatre, Honors
Major Requirement: All students are required to complete an approved major.
Anthropology and Sociology
Economics and Management
Women's and Gender Studies
Individually Designed Majors
Units for Major: 8-10
Minors: Students may choose to complete a minor.
Departmental and Interdisciplinary Minors
Anthropology and Sociology
Art, Art History
Cell and Molecular Biology
Economics and Management
Philosophy, History of
of Mind, Value Theory
Concentrations: Students may also choose to complete a concentration designed to prepare them for specific careers. Some of these concentrations are linked to the College's Institutes, and, in these cases, students must be admitted to the respective Institute to participate fully in its curriculum. The available concentrations and Institutes are listed below.
Law, Justice, and Society
Public Policy and Service
Brown Honors Institute
Institute for the Study of the Environment
Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service
Gerstacker Institute for Professional Management
Liberal Arts Institute for Premedical and Health Care Studies
Shurmur Education Institute
General Electives: Electives are courses that do not count toward a specific program (such as a major) but contribute toward the total units needed for graduation.
Units for Electives: 12-14
Writing Competency Examination: All students must also pass the writing competence requirement before they graduate.
Total Units for Graduation: 32