Starting in Fall 2015, Albion College will annually offer four-year tuition, room, and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Read more
Campus Activities: Tour Guide, Delta Gamma Sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota–Professional Music Fraternity, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, AC Swim Team
Why I Chose Gerstacker: I joined Gerstacker for the amazing opportunities to not only explore my career options in the business world but also for the opportunity to explore how I function as a leader and how that can help me succeed to the best of my ability. The people in the Gerstacker Institute are committed to helping each and every student find the exact niche for them.
What I'm Most Looking Forward to: I am eager to begin a more in-depth study of my area of interest (marketing) through internships and higher-level classes. I'm also excited to build lifelong friendships and connections with my fellow classmates and professors.
Advice for Prospective Students: Be yourself and do what you love. If you feel Gerstacker is the thing for you, dive in head first and get involved. Put forth an effort in everything you do and you will gain so much more out of every experience.
Professions open to graduates of the department include theatre performance, production design, arts management, teaching at all levels, arts criticism and arts advocacy. Many of our majors pursue graduate study in the specialized fields of performance, directing, design, theatre history and literature and criticism.
What you’ll study.
Acting and directing. Dramatic theory, history, and criticism. Theatrical design and technology. You’ll learn from faculty who have extensive experience as professional actors, directors, and producers. And you’ll learn in courses that balance critical, theoretical writing and discussion with practical training and personal coaching. Majors and minors.
What you’ll do.
Get on stage or work backstage—every Albion student is invited. We put on four department productions a year, along with two student workshops of plays in the fall and spring. With experience, you can design for productions. Spend time off campus studying in New York or abroad, or work on campus through work-study. Theatre internship opportunities.
Where you’ll go.
Auditions. Connections. Experience. Whether you enter the field or continue your advanced studies, you’ll benefit from our close ties to professional theatres, festivals, and the New York Arts Program. Potential career paths.
Drawing on the knowledge and methodologies associated with a number of different disciplines, the Albion women's and gender studies prorgram examines the role of gender through five distinct areas of study: Historical Contexts, Representations, Global Perspectives, Self-Making, and Institutions or Systems of Knowledge. Each area uses cross-cultural or multicultural investigations to understand the dynamics and differences in the operation of gender.
Within specific contexts but also across differences, the program also focuses on the lives of women—on women's past and present active involvement in the making of the world. Students experience this ongoing interplay of theory and practice both in the classroom and in the field, through research as well as through off-campus opportunities, including:
Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe: This program examines international feminist issues within a context of comparative women's studies. Three months of field research in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic or Turkey is followed by five weeks of independent study or an apprenticeship in London. Contact
, professor of women's and gender studies, or the Center for International Education and Off-Campus Programs.
The Sharon "Zo" Gates Rees Fellowship for Women in Public Office: Through the generous support of Sharon Rees, a 1953 alumnus of Albion College, this program promotes the interest of women seeking elected office and makes available to them the knowledge of how to achieve their goals. Applications are encouraged from Albion students who plan to intern in Washington, D.C. More information and applications are available through the Ford Institute.
Please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Department for more information about the experiential learning possibilities within our program.