Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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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Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program
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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Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
Want to stand squarely among the next generation of business leaders? The Gerstacker Institute, home to Albion's Business and Organizations program, equips aspiring entrepreneurs, corporate executives, attorneys, and family business owners through a solid educational foundation encompassing both the liberal arts as well as common business subjects such as accounting, economics, statistics, professional communication and writing, global issues, management and ethics.
Created in 1973, the Gerstacker Institute takes the study of business far beyond theory. Visiting executives will share their expertise with you in workshop presentations and one-on-one networking sessions. You'll be required to take what you learn into internships in public and corporate accounting, banking, finance, manufacturing, marketing and sales, and arts management, among other areas, and then use those experiences as a springboard into your future career. Many Gerstacker students also spend a semester studying abroad in locations such as London, Brussels, Paris, Beijing, and Sydney.
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Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
Think globally, act locally. Those become words to live by for students in Albion's Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. Ford Institute students see themselves as world citizens who are also deeply concerned about their home communities. Founded by former President Ford at Albion in 1977, the institute has an interdisciplinary curriculum including courses in public policy, government, history, leadership studies, ethics, and economics, and at least one semester-long internship. You could find yourself interning in places such as British Telecom's legal counsel office or the National Rural Health Association's government affairs office, both in Washington, D.C.; at NBC News in New York; at the European Union Parliament in Brussels; or at Amnesty International in Australia.
A lecture series and a visiting fellows program bring eminent journalists, politicians, diplomats, and scholars to campus to share their experiences and perspectives with you. And you will continue the Institute's tradition of community service by volunteering with many organizations, including the local children's museum and other nonprofit agencies, helping the neediest residents of Detroit, assisting with Gulf Coast relief efforts, or delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Haiti, to name just a few. The Ford Institute offers excellent preparation for careers in public agencies; international relations; communications; education; partisan politics at all levels; research, advocacy, and public-interest groups; and the law.
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