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!
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
Completed Masters of Accountancy, U of M, Tax Associate,Plante Moran
Completed program in December 2013;
graduate study at London School of Economics (Fall 2014)
Market Risk Analyst, Goldman Sachs
Associate, LaSalle Capital