Admission to Albion

Application for First-Year Admission

Admission to Albion College is selective and based on a review of the applicant's academic credentials, personal qualifications, and potential for success at the College. Albion admits students without regard to race, ethnicity, creed or national origin.

The Admissions Committee reviews applications on an individual basis, paying particular attention to the unique qualities each candidate possesses. The committee considers the following factors in evaluating an applicant's credentials: rigor of curriculum pursued, grades, co-curricular involvement in high school, community and religious activities, letters of recommendation received, and results of the ACT or SAT college admission tests.

Candidates for admission are expected to be graduates of an accredited high school or preparatory school and have at least 15 units of academic credit in the following subjects: English, mathematics, social science, science or foreign language. Albion College also welcomes students who have been home schooled or who have earned a General Education Diploma (GED). In both cases, students should contact the vice president for enrollment to develop a process to review non-traditional academic experiences and competencies.

Students may submit an application for admission at any time. Normally, however, students apply after September 1 of their senior year in high school. In order to receive equal consideration for admission and financial aid, students should apply and have all required credentials on file by March 1 of their senior year.

Each application form must be accompanied by a fee of $20. This is a processing fee which is non-refundable and is not credited on any subsequent payments to the College. Students who submit the application on the College's Web site are not charged a fee.

Applicants seeking fall admission must pay a $300 enrollment deposit to the College postmarked no later than May 1 to secure their place in the fall class.

Applicants seeking spring admission should submit their $300 deposit before December 15.

Early Application

Albion welcomes students to apply early to secure a place in the fall class, and to ensure full consideration for academic and special talent scholarships. Students who apply by December 1 will be notified of an admission decision by January 1. The early application process is non-binding, and designed for students who truly desire to join the Albion College student body. All students who apply after December 1 will be considered on a rolling basis, and will be notified of an admission decision beginning February 1 until the class is filled.

Entrance Tests

Standardized entrance tests are required of most applicants under normal circumstances. ACT or SAT tests are optional for students whose academic credentials and/or class ranking are superior, or for students with specific learning challenges where a standardized test would not be an accurate measure of the potential for success in college. Please contact the vice president for enrollment for more information. Applicants who plan to take these tests should do so no later than January of the senior year. Albion College's code number is 1007 for the SAT and 1956 for the ACT. Information about the SAT may be obtained from the College Board at Information about the ACT may be obtained at

Campus Visit

A visit to the campus and a personal interview are highly recommended. As a service to campus visitors, guided tours of the campus are provided. The admissions staff will also arrange visits with faculty members or with specific academic departments. We appreciate knowing your plans two weeks in advance so we may better accommodate you when you arrive on campus.

The Admissions Office is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is also open most Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon except during the summer.

Specific information pertaining to the curriculum, the faculty or admission to Albion College may be obtained from:

Admissions Office
Albion College
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, Michigan 49224
Telephone: 800/858-6770
World Wide Web:

Advanced Placement and CLEP

Albion College is a participant in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Under this program, a high school student who earns a grade of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement Examination automatically receives college credit and may receive advanced placement in the area of his or her proficiency.

A student who receives a grade of 3 may be given advanced placement, and at the discretion of the department, the student may be given college credit as well.

Some College departments also participate in the College-Level Subject Examination Program (CLEP) of CEEB. Albion College permits students to obtain a maximum of eight units of credit toward the bachelor of arts, and to fulfill core and/or major requirements through CLEP. Students should contact the Registrar's Office for information on which departments accept CLEP credit.

Maximum Credit Available Through Examination -- No more than eight units of credit can be obtained through any combination of locally designed departmental examinations and the College-Level Examination Program. No more than 12 units of credit can be obtained through any combination of the Advanced Placement Examination, locally designed departmental examinations, and the College-Level Examination Program.

Immediate Sophomore Standing -- An entering student who presents six or more units obtained through the Advanced Placement Examination, locally designed departmental examinations, and/or the College-Level Examination Program will obtain immediate sophomore standing.

Special Admissions

Transfer Students

Each year Albion accepts students who have attended other colleges or universities. It is recommended that candidates possess at least a 2.5 grade point average for consideration. It is expected that the applicant will be in good academic and personal standing at the college last attended and that the previous college record has been strong enough to compare favorably with students already in attendance at Albion. Students are responsible for submitting, with their application, official transcripts from all institutions previously attended.

Students with an official transcript marked "MACRAO approved" for an associate of arts (A.A.) degree from a Michigan community or junior college are exempt from taking the First-Year Seminar and the Modes of Inquiry requirement, and they may be admitted at the junior level. However, the following graduation requirements must be met: the category requirements and the writing competence requirement. A maximum of 16 units (64 semester hours) may be transferred from accredited junior colleges.

Candidates who transfer from an accredited four-year college must complete no less than the last 12 units (48 semester hours) in residence at Albion. These students must also complete all degree requirements including the category requirements and the writing competence requirement.

For more specific details regarding Albion's unit system and required course grades, refer to the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

International Students

Albion College welcomes applications from students from other countries. International students are offered the full range of academic programs, housing choices and student services available to all Albion College students. In addition, the College provides many support services specifically for international students including: airport transportation, a comprehensive orientation program, academic and personal counseling, immigration regulations advising, trips to local cultural sites, and host family and community programs.

To be considered for admission to Albion, an international student must complete an application packet that includes the following:

  1. The Albion College International Student Application form.
  2. $20 application fee.
  3. Certified copies of all secondary or university academic records, plus English translations where necessary. Because academic preparation in some countries is of a more advanced nature than that offered in an American high school, Albion College may award advanced standing to students who demonstrate such preparation in their academic credentials.
  4. Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The College requires a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the TOEFL; students with scores below these minimums may qualify for conditional admission, pending completion of appropriate English language training. The International Admissions Office may be contacted for information on English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that can provide intensive ESL training for college-bound students.
  5. The Statement of Financial Support form (PDF) showing an adequate level of financial support for college study. See section below on "Financial Aid."
  6. Two letters of recommendation.
  7. An autobiographical statement, including academic and working background and educational and career goals.

The College has a rolling admissions policy for international students, which means that completed applications will be reviewed and action taken at any time during the year. However, if a student is applying for financial aid or a scholarship, the deadline for application is February 1. Because competition is keen for places at Albion College and delays in overseas mailings may occur, it is advisable for international students to apply early.

Financial Aid -- American students at Albion College pay anywhere from half of the cost of their education up to the full cost. International students should consider an Albion education an investment the student, family and sponsors are willing to make. Albion College does not provide international students with full financial support, but does offer competitive academic scholarships of up to $14,000 per year for students with exceptional academic and co-curricular achievements. Scholarship levels are determined by the vice president for enrollment.

For further information about international student admission requirements, or for an international student application packet, please contact:

Vice President for Enrollment
Albion College
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224, U.S.A.
Telephone: 1-517-629-0321
FAX: 1-517-629-0569

International Baccalaureate -- The College recognizes the strength and rigor of the International Baccalaureate Program. Students will receive one unit (four semester hours) of credit for higher level passes with a score of 5 or more. Scores of 4 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Normally, no more than four units (16 hours) of credit from this program will be awarded to an individual. Students must petition a department or the Petitions Committee for exceptions to these limits.

Other Candidates

Veterans -- Veterans returning from military service and other eligible military personnel are admitted to Albion College under the training provisions established by the Veterans Administration. The College may allow credit for military service activities which have educational content to students who present acceptable military records. Such credentials should be submitted as part of the admission materials.

ConApp -- Albion College is a participating college in the United States Army Concurrent Application Program (ConApp) and welcomes applications from prospective students who wish to continue their education after active duty military service. Interested students should contact the Albion College Admissions Office or their Army recruiter for information on the ConApp program and related veteran's benefits for higher education. Albion guarantees admission to qualified ConApp applicants after military service.

Auditors -- A non-degree student may enroll as an official auditor. This obligates a student to attend classes and complete course requirements (papers, laboratory assignments, tests, and a final examination). The course appears on the transcript and the grade is posted, but no degree credit is earned.

Guest Students -- Albion College accepts a number of guest students. All guest students must be in good academic standing at their home institution. Guest students assume responsibility for determining whether the course they take at Albion will apply to their program of study.

Tuition and Fees

Basic expenses at Albion College for the academic year are listed below.

Comprehensive Fee, 2006-07
Tuition for the school year is $25,668. This includes activities pass and College newspaper. Room and board charges for the two semesters total $7,406.00 (room $3,622, board $3,784).


Student Senate Activity Fee (yearly)


Health and Wellness Fee (yearly)


Application Fee
Covers cost of processing application. Non-refundable.


General Deposit


Payable upon receiving notice of admission to assure a place in the enrollment. $150 will be credited to the first semester general fees for matriculating students. For students accepted for the first semester, entrance deposits are required by May 1. For students accepted for the second semester, entrance deposits are required by November 15. Entering students who cancel enrollment after May 1 and prior to August 1 for first semester and after November 15 and prior to December 15 for second semester will receive a partial refund of $50. Partial refunds will not be made after August 1 and December 15 for the respective semesters. See ``Refunds'' section for details regarding return of the general deposit to students who have already been enrolled.

Matriculation Fee/Readmission Fee
A one-time matriculation fee of $100 is paid by all matriculating students at registration for administrative and processing costs. Re-admitted students are also required to pay a $50 re-admission fee. Non-refundable.

Textbooks and Supplies
There are no standard fees for textbooks and supplies. However, every student must plan to purchase such items in addition to the expenses listed above. Books and supplies range from $600 to $700 per year for the average Albion student.

Other Educational Fees
(per semester, where applicable)

Tuition each 1/4 unit below 3 units or above 4 1/2 units


Late Final Enrollment -- First day


-- Each additional day late


Tuition for Auditors (per 1/4 unit) without credit


Off-Campus Study Program Application


Off-Campus Study Administrative Fee (per semester) 780.00
Commuter Fee (per semester) 500.00

Course Film Charge


Ceramics, Photography and Sculpture (all one-unit courses)


Photography (one-half unit courses)


Book Arts (all)


Foreign Language Tutorials


Physical Education (all 1/4 unit activity courses)


Scuba Diving


Psychology Laboratory Fee


Science Laboratory Fee (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and Honors classes with labs)


Music Fees
Private music lesson fees for non-majors:

1/4 unit (1/2 hour lesson per week)


1/2 unit (1 hour lesson per week)


Students declaring a music major (and demonstrating this intention by being enrolled in the music classes appropriate to the music major curriculum) will receive at no additional cost up to 1/2 unit of private lessons per semester. All other students must pay the full applied music fee for lessons.

Music facility usage fee (per semester — for all students taking private and applied lessons)


Refunds: Students who drop private music lessons after the second week of classes will receive no refund. Students dropping lessons during the first two weeks will be charged $40 per scheduled lesson.

Special Fees

Special Student Admission Fee (non-refundable)


CLEP Credit

One-half tuition

Identification Card Replacement


Automobile Registration (per year)









Replacement of Lost Room Key and Changing Lock Hardware
If a key is lost a second time, a fee of $100 will be charged for replacement.


Replacement of Lost Mailbox Key
If a key is lost a second time, a fee of $40 will be charged for replacement.


Replacement of Diploma Insert with Cover


Board and Utility Fees (two semesters unless otherwise indicated)
Standard Board Plan
5 Meal Plan (any five meals per week) ($770.00 per semester)
Utility Fee
Utility Fee only applies if the student is not on the College's meal plan. Utility fee is reduced by $100.00 if student is on the 5 Meal Plan.


Housing Fees (two semesters unless otherwise indicated)

Wesley Hall
Double Room
Double Single


Seaton Hall
Double Room
Double Single


Whitehouse Hall
Double Room
Double Single


Twin Towers
Double Room
Double Single


Gerstacker International House
Double Room
Double Single


Double Room
Double Single


Double Room
Double Single


Coffee House
Double Room
Double Single


Dean Hall

Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)


1112 Porter Street Annex
Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)


711 Michigan Avenue Annex
Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)


Burns Street Apartments

Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Efficiency (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Family Living (per month)


Briton Apartments

Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
1000 Porter Street Annex
Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
416 Cass Street Annex
Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
501 E. Michigan Avenue Annex
Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
507 Erie Street Annex
Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)


Munger Apartments
Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)


Munger Annex
Double Room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)


416 Erie Street Apartments
Double Room (plus $254 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254 utility fee)


The Mae Karro Village

Double room (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)
Double Single (plus $254.00 utility fee)


Room rate based on membership occupancy formula plus $208.00 utility fee

Payment of Tuition and Fees

All accounts are payable in full on final enrollment day at the opening of each semester in cash, by check, by MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card, or through a College-approved tuition payment plan. For a student to participate in the College's own deferred payment plan, the need for deferred payments must be established in advance at the Business Office. In such cases, the deferred payment plan requires that a minimum of one-half of the basic semester fees (which include tuition, room, board, and any additional miscellaneous fees) must be paid on final enrollment day. The balance will be paid in two equal installments including a time charge differential equal to 1 1/4 percent per month accrued from the date of final enrollment. In 2006-07 the balance of fees is payable on September 29 and October 31 for the first semester, and on February 28 and March 28 for the second semester. A scholarship, grant-in-aid, work credit or loan is not accepted as part of the initial payment. Failure to meet an installment that is past due automatically cancels the privileges of class attendance.

No diploma, certificate, transcript, semester grade report, letter of honorable dismissal or letter of recommendation will be granted to students who have an indebtedness to the College.

Students having any indebtedness to the College will not be permitted to complete enrollment for the following semester's classes.

Sound business practice provides guidelines for all financial transactions with the College, including but not limited to the payment of fees and other obligations, purchases at the bookstore and the cashing of checks. These practices include a respect for accuracy and punctuality; and the College deals both with students and parents when questions concerning these transactions arise.

The College reserves the right to increase or decrease fees and charges according to changes in economic conditions. Published notice of any change normally will be given in advance.


Students who withdraw from Albion College (either before, during or after a semester) are subject to the terms of the Albion College refund policy. Depending on the date and circumstances of a student's withdrawal from the College, a refund may be in the form of pro-rated charges and credits, rather than a cash payment to the student. Appeals by those students who feel that individual circumstances warrant exceptions from the established policy should be made in writing to the vice president for student affairs. Both voluntary and involuntary withdrawals are subject to the refund policy.

A $100 withdrawal processing fee will be assessed to any student who withdraws from Albion College before, during or after a semester.

It should be noted that students who have enrolled under a deferred payment agreement are bound to fulfill the terms of that agreement even though they may withdraw from the College prior to the close of a semester.

Refund Policy During the Semester

General Deposit Refunds--General deposit refunds are made in full (less deductions for unpaid College charges) after the end of a semester provided written notice of intent to withdraw is filed with the vice president for student affairs by the following deadline dates:

October 16 for withdrawal at the end of the first semester
March 19
for withdrawal at the end of the second semester

A 50 percent refund of the general deposit will be made when written notice of intent to withdraw is provided to the vice president for student affairs by the following deadline dates:

December 1 for withdrawal at the end of the first semester
August 1
for withdrawal during the summer

A form to indicate one's intent to withdraw is available at the Student Affairs' Office in the Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building. Completion of this form will constitute notification that the student intends to withdraw from the College at the end of the current semester. Should there be a change in the student's plans, it will be necessary for the student to submit an application for readmission.

A student who completes his or her degree will receive a refund of the general deposit less any remaining College charges. (e.g., room damage, loss of keys, etc.)

Departments and Courses

Departmental Information
All of the departmental information contained in this section of the Academic Catalog was accurate as of May 1, 2006. Any departmental changes made after that date will not be reflected here. Information on changes may be obtained from the respective department or from the Registrar's Office in the Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building.

Course Numbering System
The following lists include all courses normally offered at Albion College. However, not all courses are offered every year. When possible, courses offered in alternate years are designated. For details, students should consult the Class Schedule for each semester, available online at: The College reserves the right to add or withdraw courses without prior announcement, as conditions may require.

Unless otherwise stated, 100 level courses are intended for freshmen, 200 level for sophomores, 300 and 400 level for juniors and seniors.

A list of courses which meet the core and category requirements, organized by departments, is available online at

Further information may be obtained at the Registrar's Office in the Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building.

Financial Aid

Albion College offers need-based financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and student employment. Sources of funds include Albion College scholarships, grants and work; private sources; and State of Michigan and federal grant, loan and work programs administered by the College. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be obtained from your high school guidance office, the Albion College Financial Aid Office or completed online at The Albion College Financial Aid Office will develop a financial aid package based on the FAFSA information. The package will include a combination of grants, scholarships, loans and work. Students have the option of accepting all or part of the aid awarded. Albion College also offers a number of academic scholarships to incoming students. Students who qualify for an academic scholarship receive notification from the Admissions Office.

While we do everything we can to assist students with financial need, it is important to remember that, at Albion, we believe the primary responsibility for financing your education lies with you and your family. In awarding need-based aid, the College requires that each student and his/her parent(s) contribute funds toward the cost of the student's education.

Information about loans, scholarships and work opportunities may be secured by contacting Albion's Financial Aid Office. Because the amount of aid is limited, entering first-year students applying for financial aid are urged to make their requests by filing the FAFSA as soon after January 1 of their senior year as possible. Awards are made in the order that processed forms are received. The deadline for the State of Michigan scholarship/grant program is March 1. For maximum consideration, Albion academic scholarship applications must be received by February 1.

Need-Based Aid Renewal

You must reapply annually for need-based financial aid. All enrolled students receiving aid automatically receive renewal information in early December. Based on available funding, aid usually continues at the same level each year, unless there is a change in your family situation.

Satisfactory Progress Policy

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress in 1980 and reauthorized in 1992, mandates that institutions of higher education maintain minimum standards of "satisfactory progress" in order for students to receive financial aid. Albion College makes these standards applicable to all need-based institutional awards, Federal Pell Grants, federal campus-based programs, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students and State of Michigan awards in order to maintain a consistent policy for all students receiving assistance. To satisfy satisfactory progress requirements, a student must maintain a minimum G.P.A. each semester, complete a required number of units each year and complete degree requirements within a determined number of semesters. An Albion College student is eligible for the equivalent of eight full-time semesters of financial aid. Students enrolled in the teacher certification program or the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program may be required to attend one additional semester. These students will be given nine semesters of aid in which to receive their degree/certificates. Students who do not complete their degree in eight semesters (or nine for teacher certification or B.F.A.) will not be eligible for additional financial aid.

A full-time student is one who is enrolled for at least 3.0 units each semester. A half-time student is one who is enrolled for at least 1.5 units per semester. Students carrying fewer than 1.5 units will be considered a quarter-time student. Semesters in which the student is enrolled exclusively for a one-unit internship, or summer semesters in which the student is enrolled for one unit, do not count toward the maximum semester limitation as indicated above. Other part-time semesters will be equated to full-time semesters. Students planning to enroll part-time should notify the Financial Aid Office.

All full-time semesters for which the student is enrolled in the College are counted in the eight-semester limitation (nine semesters for teacher certification or B.F.A.) even if no financial aid was received. Semesters in which the student enrolled and attended any classes will count in semesters attended, including semesters in which a student withdraws or takes a leave of absence.

Grade point average (G.P.A.) and units completed are reviewed for satisfactory academic progress at the end of the spring semester. Students must maintain the following cumulative average and units completed:

1.00 with a minimum of 3 units completed at the end of the first semester at Albion College;

1.62 with at minimum of 6 units completed at the end of the second semester at Albion;

1.75 with a minimum of 9 units completed at the end of the third semester at Albion;

1.81 with a minimum of 13 units completed at the end of the fourth semester at Albion;

1.90 with a minimum of 17 units completed at the end of the fifth semester at Albion;

2.00 with a minimum of 21 units completed at the end of the sixth semester at Albion;

2.00 with a minimum of 25 units completed at the end of the seventh semester at Albion;

In addition, regardless of the cumulative grade point average, a student who fails to obtain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. for three consecutive semesters is not considered to be making satisfactory academic progress for aid renewal.

Transfer Students--Class standing of transfer students will be considered according to units transferred in. For example, a student who is deemed to have first-semester sophomore class standing upon entrance will be eligible for six semesters of Albion College financial aid.

Notification--The Financial Aid Office will notify any student qualifying for financial assistance who does not meet minimum satisfactory progress and is being terminated from aid. Following the spring semester, notices will be sent to the most recent permanent address supplied to the registrar by the student and such notices are considered delivered.

Regaining Eligibility--A student who has insufficient units to qualify for aid may be considered eligible for aid only when enough units, including incomplete courses, have been completed to make up the unit shortage. Unit credit may be transferred in, but G.P.A. will be affected only by courses taken at Albion College. The academic year will be considered to commence with the first day of classes of the fall semester and continue to the first day of classes the following fall, thus allowing the possibility of reinstatement of aid eligibility over the summer term. If a student had mitigating circumstances that prohibited him/her from meeting the standards, the student may submit an appeal. Appeals must be made in writing to the Financial Aid Office, and they will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee prior to the start of the semester in which reinstatement of financial aid eligibility is requested. Examples of mitigating circumstances include: illness, change of major, unexpected hardships and death in the immediate family.

Academic Withdrawal--See the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for academic status and withdrawal information.

Albion College Academic Scholarship Renewal

Academic scholarships are renewable annually provided students maintain the required yearly grade-point average and are in good personal standing with the College.

Scholarship recipients are expected to maintain superior academic performance while at Albion College. To renew a Distinguished Albion Scholar award, a Trustee Scholarship and a Presidential Scholarship, a student must maintain a yearly grade point average of 3.00. To renew a Webster or Briton Scholarship, a student must maintain a yearly grade point average of 2.50.

Grade point averages and units earned are reviewed at the end of the academic year by the Financial Aid Office. A student's first year of college is often the most challenging. Therefore, students are encouraged to seek the advice of their faculty adviser while making decisions regarding their class schedule. Eligibility to retain an academic award will require the yearly G.P.A. or a written plan of action from the faculty adviser regarding the issues surrounding a student's G.P.A. Students must also maintain good social standing to be eligible for renewal of an academic award, as defined in Albion College's online Student Handbook.

Student Employment

Campus employment is available to help students meet expenses. Federal Work-Study programs are available for students who show financial need, based on analysis of the FAFSA. In addition to on-campus Work-Study positions, there are positions available off-campus in the community of Albion that are now funded through the federal Work-Study program. Earnings from student employment are paid directly to the student by payroll check each month; the amount earned is not credited to the student's account.

The Student Employment Office has a listing of on- and off-campus jobs that are available for everyone (Work-Study and non-Work-Study students). Jobs are also listed online at This listing includes job description, qualifications needed and rate of pay.

International Scholarships and Fellowships

Information on prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships is in the Academic Programs section under Academic Honors and Awards.



W. Jeffrey Wilson, chair and professor.
B.A., 1977, Haverford College; M.A., 1978, Ph.D., 1983, University of California, Los Angeles. Appointed 1999.

Andrew N. Christopher, associate professor.
B.B.A., 1992, Stetson University; M.B.A., 1994, Southern Methodist University; M.S., 1996, Ph.D., 1999, University of Florida. Appointed 2001.

Holger B. Elischberger, assistant professor.
B.A., 1993, M.A., 1998, University of Würzburg; Ph.D., 2004, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Appointed 2005.

Ned S. Garvin, professor.
B.A., 1970, University of Colorado; M.A., 1972, Ph.D., 1974, Boston University. Appointed to Department of Philosophy, 1974; joint appointment in Psychology and Philosophy, 2001.

Tammy J. Jechura, assistant professor.
B.S., 1994, Bowling Green State University; M.A., 1999, Ph.D., 2002, University of Michigan. Appointed 2004.

Barbara J. Keyes, professor.
B.A., 1970, College of Wooster; M.A., 1973, Ph.D., 1976, Bowling Green State University. Appointed 1975.

Jamie L. Walter, assistant professor.
B.A., 1992, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Ph.D., 2001, University of Maine. Appointed 2001.

Mark I. Walter, assistant professor.
B.A., 1989, University of Colorado; M.A., 1996, Ph.D., 1999, University of Maine. Appointed 2003.

Mareike B. Wieth, assistant professor.
B.A., 1999, Kenyon College; M.A., 2001, Ph.D., 2005, Michigan State University. Appointed 2006.


Psychology deals with the behavior and experience of humans (and other animals) and also considers the person and his or her relation to other individuals or groups. As a discipline, psychology spans the natural and social sciences and is based on rigorous scientific analysis and methodologies. Specialty areas represented in the department include clinical, cognitive, developmental, industrial/organizational, physiological, and social psychology, as well as philosophy of the mind.

Students who major in psychology are expected to become involved in research through laboratory courses, directed study projects and honors theses. These undergraduate research opportunities teach students to develop testable questions and hypotheses, operationally define independent and dependent variables, gather and analyze data, interpret results and write research reports using APA format, all of which are skills that are valued in many work settings and necessary for graduate study. Finally, in both lecture and laboratory courses as well as in our research with students, the Psychology Department emphasizes the importance of critical thinking, communication and computer skills.

Psychology Department Web site

Career Opportunities

The Psychology Department offers a variety of courses designed to prepare students for graduate work in psychology as well as for positions in industrial research, human services settings and secondary education. The psychology major at Albion College also provides an excellent preparation for a variety of other professional areas, including law, medicine, business, etc.
During their junior and senior years, students are able to participate in the department's internship program (Psychology Practicum) which allows them to work in a variety of field settings (e.g., mental hospitals, juvenile homes, counseling centers, schools and human resource departments) and test various career options. They also are encouraged to conduct independent research projects that, in many cases, culminate in an honors thesis.

Special Features

Because the department has made a firm commitment to research, upper-level students are strongly encouraged to make use of Olin Hall's laboratory facilities for investigating human memory, psychophysiology, perception, language, learning, motivation and developmental/social processes in collaboration with faculty. Instruction in the Psychology Department includes lecture and class discussion as well as laboratory experiences. Computers are used in many courses for data analysis, experiments and simulations.

Our major has been approved as a certifiable secondary school teaching major by the State Department of Education.

Albion maintains a chapter of Psi Chi, the national psychology honorary society.

Requirements for Major

A minimum of nine units in psychology, including Psychology 101, 204, 206 and 396.
At least three courses from Lists I and II (at least one course must be taken from each list and at least two courses must be at the 300-level).

Psyc 236: Social Psychology Psyc 241: Neuroscience I
Psyc 251: Developmental Psychology Psyc 243: Psychology of Perception (343)
Psyc 265: Abnormal Psychology (365) Psyc 245: Psychology of Learning (345)
Psyc 267: Psychology of Personality (367) Psyc 348: Research in Behavioral Neuroscience
Psyc 336: Research in Social Psychology Psyc 378: Cognitive Psychology (278)
Psyc 351: Research in Developmental Psychology

Please note that some courses in Lists I and II can be offered as lecture-based or laboratory-based courses. Lecture-based courses are taught at the 200-level and have only one prerequisite (Psychology 101); laboratory-based courses are taught at the 300-level and have additional prerequisites. Students may enroll for a course that is lecture-based, or laboratory-based, but may not enroll for the same course twice, once lecture-based and once laboratory-based.

  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.
  • Participation in the department's assessment activities is required.

Requirements for Minor

  • A minimum of five units in psychology, including Psychology 101, 204 and 206.
  • At least one course from List I and one course from List II.
  • All courses for the minor must be taken for numerical grades except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Requirements for Major With Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of nine units in psychology, as specified above.
  • Psychology 251 (351) counts toward education certification requirements and may not be counted toward the psychology major.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Minor With Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of five units in psychology, including Psychology 101, 204 and 206.
  • One course from List I and one course from List II.
  • Psychology 251 (351) counts toward education certification requirements, and may not be counted toward the psychology minor.
  • All courses for the minor must be taken for numerical grades except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.


101 Introduction to Psychology (1) Fall, Spring
Covers the principal areas of psychology. Participation in faculty-supervised experiments required of students over age 17. Psychology 101 is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses. Staff.

204 Research Design and Analysis I (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the theory and practice of research methods in psychology with an emphasis on descriptive designs. Focuses on naturalistic, archival and survey methodology with discussion of descriptive statistics, probability, Chi-square, z-scores, correlation and multiple regression. Lecture and laboratory. Course normally taken during second year. ($25 laboratory fee.) Christopher, Jechura, M. Walter, Staff.

206 Research Design and Analysis II (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 204, or permission of instructor. Further exploration of the theory and practice of research methods in psychology with an emphasis on experimental designs. Focuses on both simple and complex designs with discussion of z-test, t-test, ANOVA (one-way, repeated measures and factorial) and MANOVA. Lecture and laboratory. Course normally taken during second year. ($25 laboratory fee.) Christopher, Jechura, M. Walter, Staff.

230 Health Psychology (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 101. The role of behavior in the prevention of disease and in the enhancement of health. Looks at behavior in relation to stress, pain, cardiovascular disease, cancer, alcohol abuse, weight control, psychoneuroimmunology. Contrasts biomedical and biopsychosocial approaches to health and disease. Not offered every year. Jechura.

236 Social Psychology (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 101. 204 recommended. The scientific study of the ways people think, feel and behave in social situations. Topics include self-perception and self-presentation, person perception, stereo-typing and prejudice, interpersonal attraction and close relationships, altruism, aggression, attitudes and persuasion, conformity, and group processes. Also examines theory and research in several applied areas of social psychology, including law and health. Christopher, M. Walter, Staff.

241 Neuroscience I: Brain Structure and Function (1) Fall
Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or Biology 195, or permission of instructor. An introduction to brain structure and function. Emphasis on the way the nervous system is organized to process information, construct representations of the world and generate adaptive behavior. Lecture, discussion, dissection. Same as NEUR 241. Garvin, Keyes, Schmitter, Wilson.

246 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1) Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 101, or permission of instructor. Deals with personnel selection, evaluation and employee training and development. Emphasizes criterion development, motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and conflict resolution in industrial and organizational settings. Christopher.

251 Developmental Psychology (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 101. Focuses on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development with emphasis on the periods of infancy, childhood and adolescence. Reviews methods for studying the developing person and major theoretical approaches. Elischberger, Keyes, J. Walter, Staff.

260 Psychology of Language (1) Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 101. Examines the relationship between the uniquely human cognitive capacity of language and other cognitive processes. Acquisition, comprehension, production and utilization are studied with particular reference to structure and meaning. Not offered every year. Staff.

265 (365) Abnormal Psychology (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisite for 265: Psychology 101. Prerequisite for 365: At least 2.0 in Psychology 206, or permission of instructor. Reviews major theories of abnormal behavior as well as related techniques of diagnosis and therapy; considers various emotional/behavior problems (e.g., schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and depressions). Offered occasionally as 365, Abnormal Psychology with laboratory. Keyes.

267 (367) Psychology of Personality (1) Spring
Prerequisite for 267: Psychology 101. Prerequisite for 367: Psychology 206, or permission of instructor. Examines the major theories of personality. Attention is given to the relevance of each personality theory to the students' own personality development. Offered occasionally as 367, Psychology of Personality with laboratory. Staff.

272 Human Sexuality (1) Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 101. Examines human sexuality from numerous viewpoints, with an emphasis on the psychological. Explores social and personal sex-related issues. Staff.

289, 389 Selected Topics (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisite for 289: Psychology 101. Prerequisite for 389: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. Focuses on the contributions psychologists have made to current issues. Topics offered recently have included Psychology of Women and Psychology and the Law. May be taken more than once for credit. Staff.

304 Psychological Assessment (1) Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 204. The principles of psychological assessment and the general process of clinical diagnosis. Deals with the construction, evaluation, administration and interpretation of widely-used measuring instruments. Offered in alternate years. Staff.

336 Research in Social Psychology (1) Fall
Prerequisites: Psychology 206 and 236, or permission of instructor. Focuses on either social cognitive processes or interpersonal relations. Guides the upper-division student through an intensive review of social psychological theory in either social cognition or interpersonal relations. Emphasizes how to assess and employ methodologies that affect explanations, interpretations and applications of human social cognition and behavior. Laboratory work stresses the inextricable link between theory, methodology and statistical analyses. Projects relating to one of these two areas closely parallel the process of professional research in social psychology. ($25 laboratory fee.) Christopher, Staff.

343 (243) Psychology of Perception (1) Fall
Prerequisite for 343: Psychology 206, or permission of instructor. Prerequisite for 243: Psychology 101. Operation of sensory systems and major principles of perception. Addresses the classical question, "Why do things look as they do?'' Lecture and laboratory. Not offered every year. Offered occasionally as 243, Psychology of Perception lecture only. Staff.

345 (245) Psychology of Learning (1) Spring
Prerequisite for 345: Psychology 206 or permission of instructor. Prerequisite for 245: Psychology 101. A survey of major concepts and issues in conditioning, learning and memory processes. Emphasizes research dealing with the ways learning and memory interact with other variables such as development and species-typical behavior. Lecture and laboratory. Not offered every year. Offered occasionally as 245, Psychology of Learning lecture only. Staff.

348 Research in Behavioral Neuroscience (1) Spring
Prerequisites: Psychology 206 and 241, or permission of instructor. Examines the methodology of behavioral neuroscience research. Focuses on a review of the major means by which brain/behavior relations can be determined (i.e., lesion, stimulation and recording studies) as well as an examination of much that has been learned using these procedures. Laboratory work covers at least two of these procedures in detail: human electrophysiology and either a lesion or stimulation experiment in rats. ($25 laboratory fee.) Wilson.

351 Research in Developmental Psychology (1) Spring
Prerequisites: Psychology 206 and 251, or permission of instructor. Focuses on either social/emotional development or cognitive development in infancy, childhood and adolescence. Covers issues of ethics in research, rapport-building and subject-recruitment. Emphasizes research techniques (design, data collection, analysis and write-up) used in the study of development. Laboratory work includes hands-on experience with children. ($25 laboratory fee.) Elischberger, J. Walter.

353 Psychology of Adolescence (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 and 251, or permission of instructor. Examines the psychological, physical, historical and social forces from early adolescence to young adulthood. Major topics include physical, cognitive and social/ emotional development, as well as identity formation, ethnicity, adolescent sexuality, health, delinquency and the impact of schools. J. Walter.

378 (278) Cognitive Psychology (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisites for 378: Psychology 101 and 206. Prerequisite for 278: Psychology 101. 204 recommended. A review of recent studies of attention, memory, concept formation, problem solving and related areas. Focuses on the ability of humans to select, code, store, organize and retrieve information. Lecture and laboratory. ($25 laboratory fee.) Offered occasionally as 278, Cognitive Psychology lecture only. Staff.

380 Introduction to Counseling (1) Fall
Prerequisites: Psychology 101, and 267 or 367. A study of the major theories and current approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Emphasizes important communication skills necessary in providing a helping relationship to another person. Opportunity is provided through videotape for students to learn and practice some of these basic skills. Staff.

390 Neuropsychopharmacology (1) Fall
Prerequisite: Psychology 241, 248 or 348, or permission of instructor. Examines the effects of drugs (recreational, therapeutic and experimental) on the physiology of the nervous system and on behavior in order to elucidate the mechanisms by which behavior is controlled by the brain. Introduces the methods and conclusions of modern neuroscience research as it relates to the pharmacology of behavior. Wilson.

395 Forensic Psychology (1) Fall
Explores the psychology of criminal behavior, from causes through prevention or intervention and ending with punishment and rehabilitation. Provides an understanding of the criminal mind, based on knowledge of developmental and abnormal psychology. Bujdos.

396 History and Philosophy of Psychology (1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. Examines the emergence of modern psychology from seventeenth century speculations about the mind and its relation to physical nature. Survey of the major psychological schools and their assumptions about the subject matter and methods of psychology. Garvin, M. Walter, Staff.

398, 399 Practicum (1/2, 1) Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and declared psychology major or human services concentration, junior or senior standing. Supervised experience in an applied setting and the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate this experience in a weekly group meeting. May be repeated once. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Keyes.

401, 402 Seminar (1/2, 1) Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. The study of a specific problem area in the discipline. Recent examples of topics include Psychology of Women and Men, History of Psychology, Psychology and Law, and Culture and Cognition. Staff.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1) Fall, Spring
Highly recommended for majors. Admission is by permission of instructor. Staff.

416 Senior Research Seminar (1) Spring
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Guides students completing a senior thesis through all aspects of the research process. Focuses on data analysis, interpretation and writing up the results of student research projects. Considers both theoretical and practical research issues. Staff.

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