In the Carnegie Foundation's influential and mold-breaking book Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession (January 2011), the authors point out that the world needs business leaders who can manage complexity, think creatively, and leverage the insights of others -- skills honed far more explicitly in the liberal arts than in business. The call for a thoughtful balance between mastery of business disciplines and exploration of alternative perspectives is one the Gerstacker Institute seeks to emulate and benchmark itself against.
The Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management offers an interdisciplinary major that encourages students to explore the practical and dynamic subject of business without confining the curriculum to a single discipline. Two academic programs exist within the Institute -- a Business and Organizations major and a Business and Organizations minor -- both of which provide a solid educational foundation in common business subjects such as accounting, economics, statistics, professional communication and writing, global issues, management and ethics. The program is further enhanced by developing critical thinking and leadership through other opportunities such as Gerstacker Institute speakers and participation in the First-Year workshop and the Senior Capstone event. Furthermore, required internships allow students to experience various career paths and to put their education into practice.
Students majoring or minoring in Business and Organizations can expect:
An approach to business education that addresses depth (through specialties such as accounting, marketing, management, and finance) as well as breadth (through a foundation anchored in the liberal arts).
A focus on putting the critical thinking skills developed through the liberal arts into action -- in the form of the Institute's many experiential opportunities, such as internships, off-campus and study-abroad experiences, and others.
An exploration into entrepreneurial thinking in and out of the classroom -- through case analyses, simulations, business plan development, and even the actual launching of ventures.
For more details, please see our page on Required Courses for the Business and Organizations major and minor.
Requirements for Business Major
10 units plus 3 cognates:
E&M 101 Principles of Microeconomics
E&M 102 The Economy and Financial Markets
E&M 211 Financial Accounting
E&M 230 Intermediate Microeconomics or E&M 232 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ENGL 208 Professional Writing
One Management course:
E&M 259 Managing People and Organizations
E&M 355 Human Resource Management
E&M 358 Management Consulting
E&M 359 Management
E&M 362 International Management
PSYC 346 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
One Marketing course:
E&M 336 Marketing Principles and Decision Making
COMM 205 Mass Communication
COMM 215 Social Media
COMM 306 Public Relations
ENGL 207 Multimedia Journalism
One Finance course:
E&M 248 Financial Modeling with Excel
E&M 344 Portfolio Theory
E&M 348 Financial Management
E&M 365 International Finance
E&M 368 Financial Markets
One Ethics course:
PHIL 301 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 302 Leadership Ethics
PHIL 303 Business Ethics
PHIL 304 Ethics and Public Policy
PHIL 306 Neuroscience and Ethics
PHIL 308 Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 309 International Ethics and Global Development
E&M 392 Internship (1)
MATH 125 Functions
Statistics: MATH 209, 309 or E&M 235
ENGL 101 English Composition
Requirements for Management Minor
5 E&M classes:
E&M 101, 211, and either 259 or 359,
plus two from: 212, 259, 305, 311, 312, 336, 341, 342, 344, 348, 350, 353, 355, 357, 358, 359, 362, 368, 376, and 389 (with E&M department chair's approval).
Briton Career Connections
Share your Career Experiences and Guide Current Students on their Paths
Location: Kellogg Center, 2nd Floor
Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What is Briton Career Connections?
Briton Career Connections is a great opportunity for alumni and parents to have personal conversations with students about their professional fields in a fair-style format. Attendees will be expected to talk about their career paths and offer suggestions for aspiring young professionals. This is also an ideal time to provide students with information on internships and jobs at your place of work or within your network.
Who Should Participate?
Anyone who would like to provide current students with information on their career path, company/organization or industry. Current professionals, current graduate students, and retired professionals all have very important information to communicate to students.
What is the Format of the Event?
You can choose to attend as an individual or represent your company. Participants will be provided table space that encourages networking with students and other alumni. The atmosphere will be a blend of a college career fair and networking event.
What Will/Should I Do at the Event?
As students visit your table it will be helpful if you can:
Recruit for jobs and internships with your company/institution
Provide them with information about your career path
Advise students about pursuing careers similar to yours
Discuss past experiences and what has provided a strong sense of meaning during your career
Discuss graduate program options and your experience
Communicate pointers about trends in applicable career fields
Provide advice regarding students’ networking/elevator speeches
Please contact Troy Kase, Director of the Career and Internship Center at
Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015
Albion College's professional writing major in the English Department prepares you for a variety of writing-related careers (journalism, editing, public relations, marketing, grant writing, etc.).
Like all our majors, this one includes plenty of literary reading and study. The added emphasis on writing classes means that you will also learn
to analyze a wide variety of rhetorical situations.
to develop persuasively argued large professional writing projects such as grants, proposals, reports, and studies.
to use a variety of media (video, audio, graphic) to support and convey written arguments and reporting.
English Major with Professional Writing Emphasis
9 units from English, including 203, 208:
203: Advanced Expository Writing
208: Professional Writing
1 unit from 206, 207, 223:
206: Writing in Place
207: Multimedia Journalism
223: Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction
2 units from 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, Communication Studies 306, Communication Studies 365; two English courses that satisfy the textual analysis mode requirement:
306: Magazine Writing
308: Advanced Multimedia Journalism
309/310: Multimedia Editing I (1/2, 1)
311/312: Multimedia Editing II (1/2, 1)
313/314: Magazine Editing
CS 306: Public Relations
CS 365: Media Theory
2 additional English literature courses, at least one at the 300 level or above:
Literature (300 level or above)
Returning and new students, we're glad to see you! Psychological Science has a lot to offer, and we hope that you will explore our courses and consider how we can help you discover and reach your dreams.
Our students are active! Over ths summer Psychological Science students engaged in research examining
sleep, nutrition, and athletic performance,
health anxiety, and
learning in earthworms
Sound interesting to you? You can do it, too! Contact a Psychology professor whose research interests you and talk about getting involved!
If you want to know more about the department, scan our web pages, or come to our meeting for new majors; watch for a notice about the meeting here and posted around Olin in the near future.
Interest in Physics
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Lessons & Carols
Albion College Choirs present the 50th Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols
The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes "Lessons and Carols", a holiday festival featuring the Albion College Concert Choir and Briton Singers.
Sunday December 6, at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event, and we're celebrating with an alumni choir, inviting you back to sing a few of the Christmas pieces that have become favorites over the years. Special guest readers this year will include Rev. Deborah Lieder Kiesey, Bishop of the Michigan Episcopal Area, United Methodist Church; President Mauri Ditzler; representatives of the College's faculty, emeritus faculty, staff, and the Albion community, as well as members of the Strickler and Larimer families.
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was designed by Archbishop E. W. Benson for use in the cathedral at Truro, England. The first formal event was held there on Christmas Eve, 1880. The service was later simplified and modified for use in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, in 1918 by the Very Reverend Eric Milner-White, who was Dean of the Chapel at that time. The late David L. Strickler introduced the service to Albion College in 1966 and it has been a cherished tradition ever since.
Albion College is committed to providing students with international learning experiences, and it’s important that our future teachers understand their profession on a global scale. The Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development offers students two different opportunities to study abroad, both of which involve a comparative education inquiry project.
Top Five Learning Goals of International Education for Teachers
Learn how to critically analyze and contextualize the American educational experience.
Gain awareness of personal cultural experiences and values through conversations with host families.
Increase cultural competence by living with a host family and participating in a practicum in a foreign educational setting.
Enhance instructional skills (lesson planning and communication) by teaching lessons in literature, English conversation, and American culture.
Understand the scope of diversity, the influences of globalization, the challenges presented when bridging cultures, and the benefits of creating international opportunities for teaching and learning.
In this course, students will travel to Noisy-le-Roi for two weeks in January where they will live with a host family, visit French schools, and interact with students, faculty, and staff. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching.
Heredia, Costa Rica
Students travel to Heredia, Costa Rica for four weeks where they will live with a host family, visit Costa Rican cultural sites, particpate in classes at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica with Costa Rican peers studying to be teachers, and interact with children, youth, faculty, and staff at Pará School. Focused specifically on teaching English as a foreign language, students will develop an inquiry topic, teach a unit plan, and give a presentation on material culture to frame and focus the practicum. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching. Read more!
Prerequisities: 3.0 GPA; junior-level standing, interest in science, demonstrated maturity.
Length: Semester--Fall or Spring (12 wks), Summer (8 wks).
For up-to-date information on the whereabouts and activities of our vessels, check out the daily report on the SEA Web site at: http://www.sea.edu
Credit: Up to 17 semester hours or 4.25 Albion College units (4 semester hours = 1 Albion College unit). Credit is apportioned on the 2 components of the program in this way: 2.25 Albion College units for Shore component; 2.00 Albion College units for the Sea component.
Faculty: All of SEA's faculty hold doctorate level degrees. SEA's nautical science faculty are licensed professional Master Mariners who teach nautical science on shore and go to sea as masters of the vessels. The Oceanography faculty teach oceanography on shore and go to sea as Chief Scientists on board the vessels. SEA's Maritime Studies faculty teach maritime studies on shore, providing the humanities focus of ocean study. The SEA faculty is augmented by visiting scholars and lecturers. These men and women have all worked at sea and understand the challenges and rewards of living in and studying the world offshore.
Housing: Cottage dormitories during the shore component, on board a sailing ship during the ship component.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: Transportation to/from Woods Hole; transportation to/from ship (varies depending on which cruise selected); books; board on shore; incidentals.
As early as possible as Sea Education has a rolling basis admissions.
Faculty Advisor: Ruth Schmitter, Putnam 054, 517-629-0379,
Comments: Designed for students with or without oceanographic background or career interests. The program is in two parts: a 6-week shore component that provides classroom-based instruction in theories of sea life; and a 6-week Ship component on board a sailing ship that emphasizes learning through participation and practical experience. Some financial aid is available through the SEA Semester program. See program brochure for more details.
Contact: Elizabeth Dorr SEA Semester Admissions Office Sea Education Association P. O. Box 6 Woods Hole, MA 02543 Telephone: 800-552-3633, ext 770 Fax: 508-540-0558 E-mail:
Rae S. Corliss, '23, Endowed Pleiad Prize
This prize is awarded each year to the student(s) who have made the greatest contribution to the Pleiad in editing, writing, reporting, layout, photography, online editing, graphics, distribution, and/or business management.
This prize is made possible by donors Dr. Glenn A. Corliss, ’61 and Nan D. Corliss, ’63.
Claire Van Raaphorst
Kim Tunnicliff Endowment
Kim Tunnicliff started his career at Albion College in 1984 when he became a faculty member in the Political Science Department. As director of the then-named Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service from 1985 to 1999, he placed a special emphasis on developing experiential and international educational experiences for college students. He was highly regarded by his academic colleagues both at Albion and beyond.
Kim's passionate belief in public service brought the level of opportunities for Ford students to new heights that have carried them forward to leadership positions all over the globe. This endowment was established by his family, former students, colleagues, and friends to celebrate his life and the widespread and enduring impact of his legacy at Albion College.
David Utrata, ’15
David Utrata is a member of the Ford Institute and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. As Albion College's first-ever Kim Tunnicliff Fellow, David Utrata spent a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The CIEE Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community study abroad program engages students in a variety of sustainability-related issues that impact present-day South Africa. David will deliver a public presentation on campus summarizing his research in Spring 2015.
Meet Our Alumni
It's a tradition going on four decades strong: Gerstacker students become successful and accomplished Gerstacker alumni. Through their efforts both in and out of the classroom, they are well prepared for the workplace and are often making a mark not long after graduating from Albion.
Meet some recent graduates below and see where their Gerstacker experience has taken them.
Daniel Tressel, cellist and composer, divides his time among composing, performing, and teaching. After receiving a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from University of Nevada and University of Illinois, respectively, Daniel went on to receive his Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition from Michigan State University where he studied under Dr. Ricardo Lorenz.
As a cellist, Daniel has performed as a soloist with the Livingston Symphony, University of Nevada Symphony and Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra. On numerous occasions he has been invited to present recitals and masterclasses in China at Universities such as Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Shandong University, and Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. He is a founding member of Duo Piacevole and the Armonia String Quartet, and has performed as an orchestral musician with the Reno Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and West Michigan Symphony, among others.
As a composer, Daniel has received commissions from the Verdehr Trio, Livingston Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Jackson Youth Symphony, and Mason Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he was named the winner of the Merle J. Isaac Composition Competition for his orchestral work Sunday Stroll. His most recent commission, a new work for solo violin, is scheduled to be released on White Pine Records by the end of 2016.
Daniel currently is the cello faculty at Albion College and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School. He previously taught as a music theory/composition faculty at Spring Arbor University.
An Albion College education. It's hands-on. It's the liberal arts. It's career readiness. It's providing you the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need to succeed in college, in your career, and in your life.