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 201.
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, 323, 331, 322, 353, 354, 375
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.
Meet Our Alumni
From the moment they receive their degree, Albion economics and management graduates are prized employees and attractive candidates for further study in graduate and professional school. Get to know a few of our recent alumni below.
Accountant at Plante Moran
Zone Manager, Ford Motor Co.
Pursuing a Master of Accounting degree, University of Michigan
Financial Analyst, Dow Corning
Data Analytics Consultant, Ernst & Young
Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Pursuing Master's of Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Quality Assurance, Quicken Loans
General Accounting Financial Analyst,
Associate, Equity Research – Machinery
RBC Capital Markets
Quantitative Analyst, Northpointe Capital
Pursuing Master of Accounting degree, University of Michigan
Completed program in December 2013;
graduate study at London School of Economics (Fall 2014)
Market Risk Analyst, Goldman Sachs
Analyst, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Meet Our Students
Albion economics and management students gain business knowledge, skills, and experiences to succeed in college, a career, and in life. Small class sizes enable students to really get to know their professors, and they emerge as graduates well prepared for careers in business, law, or government. Many graduates attend M.B.A. programs (often after some post-B.A. work experience), law schools, other professional schools, or graduate schools.
Meet a few our current senior-year students below.
Trent Mikek ’15
Interned at Thomson Reuters in Ann Arbor and will be interning at Ernst & Young in Detroit this summer. He was awarded the Scott Cracraft Scholarship in accounting
Paxton Mueller ’15
Member of Mortar Board, and an Albion College Fellow, interning at Ernst & Young in Advisory Services in Detroit
Leah Parker ’15
Two paid accounting internships: one with Rehmann in the Ann Arbor office, the other with Post, Smythe, Lutz and Ziel LLP, a small CPA firm in Plymouth, MI.
Paul Stewart ’16
Internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Manager for Albion College's own WLBN Radio
Katie Strunk ’15
Internship at North Pointe Capital, tutor in the Quantative Skills Center, plays in both the British Eighth Marching Band and the Albion College Symphonic Band
Alex Archer, '13
Major: Economics and Management (emphasis in Finance); winner, 2013 Maurice L. Branch Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Research
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
Career: Zone Manager, Ford Motor Co.
In a nutshell, what do you do?
My responsibility is to be the intermediary between Ford and its dealerships. My goal in this position is to improve the overall performance of Ford’s stores by trying to increase sales through marketing, advertising and/or implementing new technologies; to increase efficiency through suggesting processes for dealers to implement; and to ensure transparency between both parties (Ford and its dealers) by being an immediate point of contact to certain dealerships.
In fact, I am not the only Albion alumnus in this position. My good friend Destin Simon, ’13, is a Zone Manager in Ford’s Dallas region.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because not only is every single day a different challenge, but I have the opportunity to work with very successful entrepreneurs and to figure out what makes each unique Ford dealer successful. This position requires me to wear several different hats (creative, analytical, strategic) and gives me a chance to learn about the automotive industry from the front lines.
How did Albion help you get there?
Albion creates an environment that allows you to take advantage of your college experience. Albion helped me by preparing me in core subjects such as economics and math, while also offering the opportunity and flexibility to play on the golf team, get involved with several organizations, and study at the London School of Economics for an entire year.
For me, Albion ...
... is about learning both inside and outside of the classroom. The liberal arts curriculum is about being comfortable in uncomfortable situations, where your intellect is driven not only through coursework and textbooks, but also through leading organizations, competing in athletics, performing in theatre, and being heavily involved in numerous clubs and societies on campus.