National Scholarships and Fellowships

Honor Societies

Phi Beta Kappa

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest honor society, with chapters at 249 of the foremost institutions of higher education across the country. One cannot "apply" for membership. Almost all members are elected by the chapters from candidates for degrees in liberal arts and sciences, usually from the top 10% of the graduating class.

President: Ian MacInnes, professor, English

Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1866 as an honor society for scientists and engineers. The Albion chapter, started in 1959, includes faculty and students who are involved in scientific research. Students who have done research at Albion or in an approved off-campus program who anticipate a career in science are eligible for nomination as associate members.

Advisor: Darren Mason, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Mortar Board

Mortar Board is a national honor society of college seniors recognized for their superior scholarship, outstanding and continual leadership, and dedicated service to the college community, most specifically, in the area of literacy promotion. Membership promotes and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Prospective members identified as exemplifying the motto "Scholars...Chosen for Leadership...United to Serve" are invited to apply during the spring semester of their junior year.

Advisor: Mareike Wieth, Associate Professor, Psychological Science

Omicron Delta Kappa

The purpose of Omicron Delta Epsilon shall be to recognize scholastic attainment, honor outstanding achievements in economics, and to promote scholarly research and interaction among students and faculty working in the field of economics.

Advisor: Pam Schuler, Assistant Director for Service & Leadership, Campus Programs and Organizations

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta encourages superior academic achievement among students in their first year, promotes intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning. It assists women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. Alpha Lambda Delta provides a unique opportunity to take initiative and show leadership among some of the brightest students on campus.

Advisor: Drew Dunham, Registrar

Chi Alpha Sigma

Chi Alpha Sigma is a nonprofit organization established to recognize college student athletes who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years. Its purpose: “To encourage and reward high academic scholarship of collge athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities. To recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners. To encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics. To recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university. To mentor and provide leadership to other athletes.”

Advisor: Mike VanHouten, Co-Director, Stockwell-Mudd Libraries


Our core liberal arts curriculum means
you'll explore more options and create
your own path. You'll step out of the
classroom and into the world and get
hands-on experience. It's an education
that takes you far beyond the course
catalog. It's the Albion Advantage.

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Our liberal arts curriculum means you’ll explore your academic options and develop your career path. You’ll take what you learn in the classroom out into the world. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences you’ll need to create the future you want.

Make new connections and gain deeper understanding.
Challenge your thinking and expand your perspective.
Discover what you’re meant to do with your life,
And prepare to live it well.

Programs of Study

Majors, Concentrations, and Pre-Professional Programs

Each student must complete one major to graduate from Albion College. In the case of concentrations, teacher certification, or pre-professional programs, a student must also complete a designated major. Concentrations, teacher certification, and pre-professional programs are marked with an asterisk (*). Minors and double-majors are available but optional.

Links will generally direct you to the departmental Web site. From there, click on "majors and minors" or "concentrations" for specific requirements.


Special Programs

Special Programs

At Albion, the classroom is only the beginning. We provide you with many opportunities to connect your field of study to the real world. Get involved by stepping outside of the classroom, engage in our special programs and take your academic experience to the next level.

Individually Designed Major

What you’ll study.

Interested in researching the common ground between biology and kinesiology? The intersections between physics and psychology? English and music? Well, pick your courses. This major is all yours, and we can help you make it come together. All programs of study.

What you’ll do.

You're the kind of person who knows exactly where you want to go. Or perhaps you're unsure right now. Either way, you know you're following a different path. Like alumni who forged their own paths in arts administration, Latin American studies, political economy, public health, and 20th-century social philosophy. You can choose field research, internships, and study-abroad programs that make your program real. Out-of-classroom experiences.

Where you’ll go.

Where are you headed? Strong faculty mentors guide you through all four years, ensuring that you're ready for what's next—whether you're interested in entering the workforce or want to continue your advanced studies at graduate and professional schools. Career and Internship Center.


Fall 2007

Application to the HLC Assessment Academy

Appointment of Strategic Planning Committee: President Randall

Creation of strategic planning process: President Randall and President’s Administrative Council

February 2008

Attendance at HLC Assessment Academy: Drew Dunham (Assessment and IR), Scott Hendrix (Academic Skills and Assessment), Cheryl Blackwell (Library and Assessment)

March 2008

Faculty Retreat at Gull Lake (Kellogg Biological Station)

  • Materials posted on Web site
  • Adoption of “one college” philosophy
  • General concepts of strategic plan developed

April 2008

Appointment of 3 strategic planning research teams by President Randall:

  • Faculty Salary and Compensation Research Team
  • Economic and Community Development Research Team
  • Library Commons Research Team (Information Commons)

Summer 2008

Barbara Keyes (liaison to PAC) and Michael VanHouten (Strategic Planning Committee representative) appointed to continue emphasis on strategic planning over the summer; conducted interviews with several faculty

Fall Faculty Retreat

August 2008

On-campus planning and discussion of strategic themes

October 2008

President Randall officially appoints 8 additional research teams and their membership:

  • Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee
  • Global Diversity Recruitment Team
  • Global Diversity Research Team
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Research Team
  • Wellness and Athletics Research Team
  • Sustainability Research Team
  • Research Team on Curriculum, Innovation, and Transformation
  • Fine and Performing Arts Research Team

Presentation to the Board of Trustees on the Strategic Plan

Approval by the Board of Trustees of the mission, vision, core values, and framework for the Strategic Plan

Moodle site created for ongoing discussion and reporting

October 2008

HLC Accreditation Workshop in St. Louis (Susan Conner, Drew Dunham, members of Steering Committee Bille Wickre, Ian MacInnes, and Sally Walker)

February 2009

Assessment workshop in Lisle, Illinois (Dunham and members of the Assessment Committee Vicki Baker and Dean McCurdy)

February 22-24, 2009

Initial orientation of the Board of Trustees to the process of accreditation

February 28-March 1, 2009

Faculty Retreat on strategic planning

March 2009

Appointment of faculty chair of Steering Committee and faculty member with oversight of finances (David Seely and Gaylord Smith)

March 2009

Faculty meeting on orientation to accreditation (Susan Conner)

April 17-21, 2009

HLC annual meeting in Chicago

  • Assessment Academy (Dunham)
  • Workshop on the Self-Study (Conner and Seely)
  • Workshop on Finances (Seely and G. Smith)
  • Peer Reviewer Corps Orientation (Conner)
  • Attendance at annual meeting sessions (all Albion representatives)

April 2009

Self-Study Style Manual created and posted on “W” drive (MacInnes)

Other materials, including former self-study posted on “W” drive

April 2009

Faculty meeting presentation (Baker) on assessment and new assessment templates (Moodle site)

May 2009 Assessment Plans (majors) steps 1-4 due to Assessment Committee

June 2009

Self-Study Design forwarded to Karen Solomon, HLC liaison with Albion College

June 2009

ACPA “Assessment and Evaluation of Student Affairs” Conference (Dunham, Connie Smith, Kenneth Snyder, and Michael Wadsworth)

August 2009

Steering Committee determines groups and subgroups for assignments;

Data collection and writing assignments are distributed

August 2009

Launch of “Self-Study Year”

  • Letter from President Randall to Board of Trustees, Alumni Association Board of Directors, faculty, and staff
  • Letter from Student Senate president to student body
  • Presentations at Fall Faculty Retreat
  • Distribution of “mission cards” and criteria to campus community including faculty, students, staff, Alumni Association Board of Directors and Board of Trustees
  • Selection of students for membership on Steering Committee
  • Creation of Web site for accreditation

August 2009

Faculty credentials, syllabi, and retrospective materials due in Provost's Office.

Assessment Plans (majors) reviewed by Assessment Committee.

September 2009 Revisions to Assessment Plans (majors) due to Assessment Committee

October 2009

Article on accreditation in The Pleiad (student newspaper)

November 2009

Article on accreditation in the Io Triumphe (alumni publication)

November 2009

Continued collection of documentation in Provost's Office

Assessment Plans (majors) steps 5-6 dur to Assessment Committee

Drafts of selected criteria due for review by Accreditation Steering Committee

November 2009

Drafts of some writing assignments due and posted for campus comment

December 2009 Review of drafts by Accreditation Steering Committee

January-April 2010

Collection of materials for academic program review

March 2010

Drafts of selected criteria due for review by Accreditation Steering Committee.

Updates on assessment activities provided to Assessment Committee.

Receipt of names of visiting team members for consideration about conflict of interest

April 2010 HLC annual meeting in Chicago

Assessment Academy (Dunham)
Workshop on Writing the Self-Study (Seely and MacInnes)
Workshop on Finances (Frandsen)
Peer Reviewer Workshop (Conner)
April 2010 Review of drafts by Accreditation Steering Committee

May- June 2010

Drafts of selected criteria due for review by Accreditation Steering Committee

Continued collection of documentation in Provost's Office

May 2010

Drafts and documentation posted on Moodle site

Final 2009-2010 assessment activities (majors) reported to Assessment Committee.

June 2010

Review of drafts by Accreditation Steering Committee.

July 2010

Review of drafts by Accreditation Steering Committee

College snapshot completed by IR.

August 2010

Members of Accreditation Steering Committee finalize draft

Editing to put the Self-Study into "one voice"

August 2010

Fall Faculty Retreat update on accreditation

Distribution of "mission cards" to new students

Letter from President Randall to Albion College constituents about upcoming visit

Letter from Student Senate President to all students about upcoming visit

September 2010

Placing the Criteria and Core components on the Web site for
campus viewing and comment.

September 2010

Assessment Plans (minors) steps 1-4 due to Assessment Committee

October 2010

Finalizing the Electronic Resource Room and creating final documents of the Self-Study and accompanying materials for distribution to HLC and visiting team.

November 15, 2010

Specified materials mailed to the Higher Learning Commission and members of the visiting team

November 2010 -January 2011

Final arrangements made for visiting team at Belmont Manor

February 6-9, 2011


Our "Self-Study Year" Is Under Way

Dear Members of the Albion College Community:

The 2009-10 academic year will be a defining year in Albion history. We will begin to implement “Albion 2015,” our strategic plan, and we will finalize our self-study for Albion’s reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It will be a busy year, but I trust that it will also be a satisfying year.

We have now formally launched our “Self-Study Year” in preparation for a campus visit by the HLC accreditation team in November 2010. Those persons who will review Albion will be our peers—members of the faculty, administration, and staff of comparable or similar institutions outside of Michigan. In preparation for their visit and assessment, our self-study represents an opportunity for us to step back and to critically evaluate everything we do; through this process, we will identify ways we can strengthen our programs to ensure that they effectively prepare students for their future roles in society. Albion will emerge from the self-study process with a clearer vision, a stronger commitment to our values, and a renewed dedication to excellence.

As we conduct our work for the self-study, we will continually refer to the criteria of the Higher Learning Commission: to emphasize integrity; to clearly and compellingly articulate the mission; to make resource allocations looking to the future; to build and maintain a culture of assessment throughout the campus; to demonstrate teaching effectiveness and student achievement; to foster and support inquiry, creativity, and social responsibility; and, to serve internal and external constituencies in a fair, honest, and forthright manner.

The self-study will involve many of you in various ways throughout the coming months, and Provost Susan Conner and I want you to be aware of the goals and key steps in the process as we move forward. Albion is participating in the accreditation review through the HLC’s Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ). Paramount in this process is Albion’s commitment to our shared mission and the demonstration of how we are achieving that mission throughout our academic program and other operations. Much of the evaluation by the HLC team will focus on that commitment. Our mission statement, developed during the current strategic planning process, reads:

Albion College is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution committed to academic excellence. We are learning-centered and recognize that valuable learning takes place in and outside the classroom, on and off campus. We prepare students to translate critical thought into action.

It will be imperative that all members of our community know and understand the mission and use it as a touchstone in decision-making.

I would especially like to thank Provost Conner and the other members of the Steering Committee for their leadership of this self-study process on Albion’s behalf, and I ask you to give them your full support as we get under way. If you have questions or concerns about the process, please contact Provost Conner or Dr. David Seely (Physics), the Steering Committee’s faculty chair. We want to make this an open, inclusive, and collaborative process, and we welcome your involvement and insights.


Donna M. Randall


2009-10 Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Review Steering Committee

Donna Randall, President

Susan Conner, Provost and Liaison to Higher Learning Commission

David Seely, Professor of Physics, Faculty Chair

Drew Dunham, Registrar and Director of Institutional Research

Michael Frandsen, Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration

Beth Lincoln, Professor of Geology and Associate Provost

Ian MacInnes, Professor of English

Mark Newell, ’77, Trustee

Gaylord Smith, Professor of Economics and Management

Sally Walker, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Bille Wickre, Professor of Art History

Students, To be named

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Academic Catalogs

The academic catalogs at Albion College are organized by school year and govern the requirements for degrees dictate for the incoming class of students for that year.  

These links below will take you to the catalog of entry for your incoming class:


Cheryl Blackwell, information literacy/reference librarian.
B.S., 1980, Wayne State University; M.I.L.S., 1987, University of Michigan. Appointed 1987.

Claudia C. Diaz, library co-director.
B.A., 1976, College of William and Mary; A.M.L.S., 1984, University of Michigan. Appointed 1984.

Megan M. Kudzia, web services and emerging technologies librarian.
B.A., 2008, Kalamazoo College; M.S.L.I.S., 2009, Wayne State University. Appointed 2011.

Alice Wiley Moore, library instruction/reference librarian.
B.A., 1973, Albion College; M.I.L.S., 1988, University of Michigan. Appointed 1974.

Justin N. Seidler, archivist.
B.A., 2004, Ohio University; M.L.I.S., 2012, Kent State University. Appointed 2014.

Michael A. Van Houten, library co-director.
B.S., 1975, Central Michigan University; A.M.L.S., 1978, University of Michigan. Appointed 1980.


Albion College librarians have developed a strong program of library instruction to meet the needs of our students and faculty and to support the College's liberal arts curriculum. The instruction program emphasizes information literacy and promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning. The librarians offer a variety of instruction services including general library orientation sessions, course-specific and assignment-specific library instruction, and instructions on using specific research tools and the critical evaluation of sources. Librarians work closely with faculty to be certain that the reference sources, research strategies and evaluation methods that are presented address the specific information and research needs of the students in their classes.

Library Website


Emmanuel Yewah, program chair, professor of French and Howard L. McGregor Endowed Professor of Humanities.
Licencié-es-Lettres, 1978, Maiîtrise, 1979, Université de Yaoundé; M.A., 1982, Ph.D., 1987, University of Michigan. Appointed 1986.

Midori Yoshii, associate professor of international studies.
B.A., 1986, M.A., 1988, Tsuda College Tokyo; M.A., 1991, Ph.D., 2003, Boston University. Appointed 2004.

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