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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. 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.
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 www.albion.edu/financialaid/jobopenings.asp. 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
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.
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.