The major in sustainability studies at Albion College is a joint venture between Albion College and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), in France. UVSQ is located less than a half hour from Paris and is among the top research universities in the world. This collaboration offers an opportunity for Albion students to participate in an international, interdisciplinary program that is grounded in the social sciences and designed for students who are engaged in today's and tomorrow's sustainability challenges.
Courses in the curriculum are categorized as theories, tools, and terrains. Theories include the framing concepts and scientific principles of sustainability studies, while tools are the methods of analysis and communication. Terrains are specific fields of sustainability challenges, using the theories and tools that students will have already mastered.
Through this integration students are invited to explore, on the one hand, the relationships between the economy, lifestyle, and politics and, on the other hand, the physical environment, natural resource use, pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss. In this way, the interdisciplinary and international character of the major in sustainability studies complements the disciplinary foundations of traditional degree programs.
Study Sustainability Abroad
The major in sustainability studies is obtained by following a four-year program of study offered on a collaborative basis through the UVSQ/Albion partnership. During the first, second, and fourth years of study, courses are offered through UVSQ and Albion College, on the Albion campus, while the third year includes a semester of study abroad at UVSQ.
During the semester abroad, students in the program will complete upper-level courses in both theory and tools categories, as well as preparing research papers in selected terrains (case studies and specialized topics). They will be introduced to European culture and the European ethos of sustainability, and visiting international collaborations.
After successfully completing the major in sustainability studies, and upon graduation from Albion College, students will receive the B.A. in sustainability studies from Albion College along with a certificate of sustainability studies from UVSQ. They will also be eligible to enter the second year master's program at UVSQ (taught in English) in sustainability studies.
Students completing the environmental studies major will gain a deep understanding of the complex relationships among natural and social systems, as well as a proficiency in the analytical, rhetorical and creative skills necessary to perceive the wonders of the natural and human worlds and to solve the environmental challenges we face in the twenty-first century.
Core: Four units of required foundation courses consisting of: Anthropology 105, ENVN 101, Biology 195, Geology 101.
Categories of emphasis: Six units total from the following three categories with at least one but no more than three courses in each category. If you choose to take three courses from a single category, at least two courses must be at the 200-level.
Earth Systems Biology 206, 237, 240 Geology 103, 104, 106, 111, 115, 211, 306, 311 Physics 102 Math 109, 210
Language, Idea and Image Art 121, 241 Art History 311, 315 Communication Studies 311 English 206, 238, 354, 358 Philosophy 335
Society and Culture Anthropology 220, 240, 371 Economics 273 ENVN 220 History 337, 382 International Studies 130 Philosophy 220, 301, 304 Political Science 216, 356 Religious Studies 242
Participation in a series of bi-weekly evening seminars sponsored by CSE
Completion of one of the following for up to one-half unit:
A research project, internship, or service project related to academic interests and career goals
One-year residence in E-House with ENVN 206: Sustainable Living Seminar
ENVN 201: Ecology and Environmental Field Trip
Environmental Science Major
The 10-unit environmental science major provides broad exposure to environmental sciences at the introductory level, focused work in science at the upper level, and a set of cognates designed to show the social and humanistic context in which scientists work.
Core: Five units of science and mathematics, consisting of Biology 195, Chemistry 121, Geology 101, Geology 111 and Mathematics 141.
Science electives: Five units of focused work in science. Courses should have a central theme such as (but not limited to) habitat protection, modeling in environmental science or water resources, be selected in consultation with a science faculty adviser and be approved by the CSE director. Courses must be at the 200-level or higher, no more than three courses can be in one department, and at least one 300-level course must be included. Before beginning the theme of study, the student must secure the CSE director's approval of the proposed five-course sequence. This approval must be granted no later than mid-semester of the second semester of the student's sophomore year. A copy of the approved program and any subsequently approved changes are to be filed with the registrar after being signed by the CSE director.
Cognate courses: 2.5 units, ENVN 201, ENVN 220, and one additional cognate selected from the "Society and Culture" or "Language, Idea and Image" lists in the environmental studies major.
Participation in a series of bi-weekly evening seminars sponsored by CSE.
Completion of a research project, internship or service project related to academic interests and career goals.
Seniors Rewarded for Mentoring Local Youth
Created on Wednesday, May 02, 2012 14:41
The highlight of the week for many children at Albion's Harrington Elementary School is the one-hour visit by their mentor, who happens to be a student from Albion College. Two senior Gerstacker students who are also members of the men's basketball program – Bob Wernet and Sean Hendon (pictured with teammate Luke Walker) – were among 25 Albion students who recently received Michigan Campus Compact Heart and Soul awards for their dedication to community service. They were also among the recipients of the Jessie Longhurst Rotary Service Award.
The mentorship program, now known as Jessie's Gift in memory of the 2002 Albion High School graduate and former Albion College student-athlete, was developed and is currently run by Peg Turner, the wife of former Albion men's basketball coach Mike Turner.