Michael Davis Jr. '13
Major: Economics and Management with emphasis in Economics
Current: Pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan
What I like most about Albion?
It is a place where you can connect with students who share your intellectual curiosities. Albion has given me a wide range of knowledge and has really allowed me to shape my education in ways that are truly mine. I was able to be a member of Albion's Fed Challenge teams in 2011, '12, and '13. Our 2011 team went to Nationals in Washington D.C. and went up against teams from Harvard, Rutgers and North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The highlight of this final round of competition was the opportunity to meet several leaders of the Fed including Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman. I was a teaching assistant in E&M for economics, past president of the Macroeconomics Club, and worked closely with the department’s staff and faculty to create a new marketing brochure for future students.
How did Albion help you get there?
I appreciated the careful feedback faculty provided on research projects and papers. The personal relationships that were created with the faculty were incredible.
For me, Albion…
…has provided good networking opportunities for finding a career.
Sarah Erdman, '14
Major: Economics and Management and Math; awarded the Maurice L. Branch award for Scholarship and Research
Residence: Detroit, MI
Career: Analyst for Ernst & Young in Advisory Services
In a nutshell, what do you do?
After four great years at Albion, I will be starting my career in the fall of 2014 as an Analyst for Ernst & Young in their Advisory services. I will work in their Performance Improvement group, which works with different clients to help them deliver year-on-year growth. The work varies greatly from client to client, which is part of what makes it so interesting, and deals with a variety of tasks from designing and implementing new financial systems to analyzing data to improve cost management.
How did Albion help you get there?
I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without the massive support I have had from the E&M department, especially from Professor Hooks. His classes, as well as working as a research assistant for him, really sparked my interest in the field of finance, which eventually brought me to my position at Ernst and Young.
During my time here, Albion taught me so much, especially time management. Albion offers so much - and for me, a big draw was the equestrian center. Albion helped me balance not only riding with academics, but other groups on campus as well, and taught me how to successfully combine all of the passions in my life.
For me, Albion…
I am grateful for everything that Albion has offered and given to me, and excited to begin the next chapter of my life!
New Mexico 2013
Exploring Sustainability Through the Centuries
During a May trip to New Mexico, CSE students learned about arid-land agriculture at the Pueblo Bonito Great House in Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They also looked at modern-day energy challenges at a coal-fired power plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Albion College celebrates a Year of Sustainability in 2013-14.
Majors and Minors
Educational Studies Minor
This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who have a broadly defined interest in the field of education (e.g., youth development and learning; sociocultural theory applied to schooling, families and youth; youth subcultures; comparative education; fine and dramatic arts pedagogies; public education policy; environmental education; pediatric health; recreation and athletics; museum or community-based education). The minor in educational studies can benefit students who are interested in making unique connections to their major area of study as well as students who are interested in exploring careers in education. Many graduate programs and career paths such as museum studies, public policy, counseling and sociology recognize the value of academic preparation in the field of education.
Students who participate in the educational studies minor are not required to be admitted into the Shurmur Center for Teacher Development/Teacher Education Program. The minor in educational studies is a generalized study of the field of education and does not lead to teacher certification. Students who complete teacher certification at Albion College are not eligible for the minor in educational studies.
Requirements for Minor
- A minimum of five units of course work including one unit in foundations of education (Education 202), one unit in human development and learning theories (Psychology 251, 253, or Educational Psychology), completion of an internship or practicum (Education 203, 382 or 398) and a minimum of two and one-half units of electives constituting a curricular focus. A current list of sample elective courses is available in the Education Department and is also maintained on the department website at www.albion.edu/education/.
- Please note: Education 202 and 203 are accompanied by a field experience in the public schools and requires completion of (1) Albion College criminal history check form, (2) Internet Criminal History Access Tool search, and (3) Albion College educational/judicial records check.
- Students must receive prior written consent from the Education Department to apply a directed study or course that is not from the recommended list toward completion of the educational studies minor. Requests should be sent directly to the chair of the Education Department.