Does part of your love of learning come from joy in the prospect of sharing your knowledge with others? Do you long to influence the learning and personal development of children? The Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development will prepare you with the tools for effective teaching: depth in your major, breadth in the liberal arts, practical classroom skills, understanding of the issues affecting education, and the ethics of civic responsibility and affirming diversity.
Through internships, research, and travel, you'll study the most successful teaching practices as well as learn to develop and test new ideas yourself, including the thoughtful use of educational technology. In tandem with the College's Education Department, the Institute administers the elementary, secondary, and K-12 teacher certification programs, and has developed highly innovative field experiences for prospective teachers in the local schools. Roundtable discussions, visiting lecturers, alumni teachers-in-residence, and summer programs will round out your preparation to serve as a role model of outstanding classroom teaching and an intentional agent of change.
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What demands will an aging population put on our healthcare system? How can we guarantee access to healthcare for all Americans? Albion's Institute for Healthcare Professions will provide you with the pre-professional education you'll need to become a caring professional, well versed in the scientific and ethical issues facing the medical field in this complex age.
The Institute offers all Albion College students the ability to participate in public lectures, informational sessions, social events, and academic advising. Students who are eligible to become associate members of the Institute have access to after-hours study space, Institute-sponsored internships and job-shadowing opportunities, health-related community service projects, as well as an additional course offering: Issues in Health Care. First-year students can take advantage of our Introduction to Health Care course. The College's Office of Pre-health Advising is affiliated with the Institute. Albion graduates have a long tradition of success in gaining admission to the nation's top professional schools, thanks to the rigorous preparation and careful advising they receive.
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Do you care about the environment and want a career that deals in a positive way with environmental issues? Do you want to learn about the science, human values, history, and politics that shape environmental policies? Do you want to become an effective advocate for the environment? Albion's Center for Sustainability and the Environment can help you find a place in the wide array of environmental careers that exist.
You'll investigate the complex systems that keep the ecosystem balanced—and the equally complex forces that work for and against its well-being. Global warming, habitat destruction, and resource exploitation are just some of the issues considered. The Center's students have the option to live in the Environmental House ("E-House"), where they practice and educate the campus community about sustainable living. You will get a firsthand look at current environmental challenges through field trips to locations such as the Florida Keys, Chesapeake Bay, southern Louisiana, and the Pacific Northwest.
The Center offers two programs of study: environmental sciences and environmental studies. Courses in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, as well as seminars, field work, and internships, will prepare you for graduate study or for careers in environmental consulting firms, analytical labs, government agencies, science journalism, or advocacy groups.
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Are you someone who takes your academic studies further and deeper, who pursues broader interests and higher achievement? In the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program at Albion, you'll have opportunities equal to your abilities and enthusiasm—interdisciplinary seminars, field trips, guest lectures, visiting honors professors, honors retreats—all designed especially for honors students.
As early as your sophomore year, you will be able to conduct original research, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, through Albion's Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA). Your work will culminate in a senior thesis. Many students in the Program are inducted into Albion's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa—the first established at a private college in Michigan. Your hands-on research and written and verbal communication skills developed in honors seminars will give you a special edge when you apply to graduate schools or for employment.
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