Requirements for Major in Business and Organizations

Note: Classes in italics are taught during Summer College.

A minimum of eight and one-half to nine and one-half units including the following:

  • First-Year Workshop (1/4 unit)
  • Economics and Management 211, Financial Accounting
  • Intercultural/Global Issues:
    One unit selected from the following:
    Modern Languages and Cultures 105, Intercultural Understanding and Global Issues
    Economics and Management 362, International Management
  • Ethics: One unit selected from the following:
    Philosophy 301, Environmental Ethics
    Philosophy 302, Leadership Ethics
    Philosophy 303, Business Ethics
    Philosophy 304, Ethics and Public Policy
    Philosophy 308, Biomedical Ethics
  • English 208, Professional Writing
  • Communication Studies 242, Professional Communication
  • Management/Psychology: One unit at the 300-level
  • Economics and Management 357, Business Functions
  • One- or two-unit internship
    Two options are available for fulfilling the internship requirement: (1) two full-time internships or (2) one full-time internship and one off-campus semester in an approved Albion College program
  • Senior Capstone (1/4 unit)
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

The following are required in addition to the major:

  • Statistics:
    Mathematics 209, An Introduction to Statistics; Mathematics 309, Mathematical Statistics; or Economics and Management 235, Economic Statistics (1 unit)
    Psychology 204, Research Design and Analysis I, and 206, Research Design and Analysis II (2 units)
  • Economics and Management 230, Intermediate Microeconomics or 232, Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Completion of a second area of specialization selected from these options: (1) an existing Albion College minor, (2) a College-approved emphasis or concentration, (3) a second major, or (4) an individually designed five-unit focus, determined in collaboration with the Gerstacker Institute director, along with the majority approval of the Gerstacker Internal Advisory Committee and the provost.

Requirements for Concentration in Public Policy and Service

A minimum of seven units including the following. Note: This concentration is open only to students who have been admitted to the Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service.

  • PBSV 101, Introduction to Public Service. (Required for first year.)
  • Political Science 101, Politics of American Democracy
    Political Science 216, Public Policy Analysis

At least one unit selected from the following:

Communication Studies 241, Public Speaking
Communication Studies 245, Argumentation and Advocacy
English 203, Advanced Expository Writing
English 205, Introductory Creative Writing
English 207, News and Feature Writing
Economics and Management 101, Principles of Microeconomics
One semester of modern language at the 200-level or above

At least one unit selected from the following:

Philosophy 201, Ethics
Philosophy 202, Social Philosophy
Philosophy 206, Contemporary Moral Problems
Philosophy 301, Environmental Ethics
Philosophy 302, Leadership Ethics
Philosophy 303, Business Ethics
Philosophy 304, Ethics and Public Policy
Philosophy 308, Biomedical Ethics
Religion 242, Christian Ethics

  • Internship (one unit)
  • PBSV 397, Senior Colloquium (to be taken during spring of senior year)
  • All courses for the concentration must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.

Requirements for Human Services Concentration

A total of eight units is required for the concentration.

  • Introduction to Human Services (HUSV 101), one unit.
  • Four units, drawn from an approved list of courses each focusing on a different area of competence, to be chosen in consultation with the director of the concentration. No more than two of the courses can be from the student’s major.

The approved courses include:

Client Populations
Sociology of Childhood (Anthropology and Sociology 222)
Comparative Families (Anthropology and Sociology 350)
Intimate Violence (Anthropology and Sociology 360) 
Interpersonal and Family Communication (Communication Studies 202)
Developmental Psychology (Psychology 251)
Abnormal Psychology (Psychology 265)
Psychology of Adolescence (Psychology 353)
Introduction to Counseling (Psychology 380)

Healing, Health, and Society (Anthropology and Sociology 353)
Health Economics (Economics and Management 375)
Biomedical Ethics (Philosophy 308)
Anatomy and Kinesiology (Physical Education 211)
Health Psychology (Psychology 230)
Death and Dying in World Religions (Religious Studies 313)

Organizational Structures and Public Policy
Small Group and Organizational Communication (Communication Studies 203)
Managing People and Organizations (Economics and Management 259)
Human Resource Management (Economics and Management 355)
Management (Economics and Management 359)  
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (Economics and Management 376)
Ethics and Public Policy (Philosophy 302)
Urban Politics and Policy (Political Science 308)  
Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Psychology 246)

Diversity in Human Services
Sociology of Sex and Gender (Anthropology and Sociology 333)
Race and Ethnicity (Anthropology and Sociology 345)
Social Stratification (Anthropology and Sociology 370)
Introduction to Ethnic Studies (Ethnic Studies 103)
Ethics (Philosophy 201)
Social Philosophy (Philosophy 202)
Contemporary Moral Problems (Philosophy 206)
Christian Ethics (Religious Studies 242)
Liberation Theology (Religious Studies 270)
Introduction to Women’s Studies (Women’s and Gender Studies 106)

  • Students must take a minimum of two units of supplemental courses that add depth to the internship experience. Typically, these two courses will come from the lists above. Students should select courses that complement and amplify a student’s special interests, especially in relation to their internship. Other courses not on the list above may be approved by the director of the human services concentration if the student provides ample justification.
  • All students must complete a one-unit internship approved by the human services director. This requirement may be satisfied by either the psychology practicum or an appropriate internship that is arranged through the student’s major department. The following represent possible internship sponsors: private social agencies, family-related agencies, public health offices, community health centers, institutions serving children and teenagers, churches and church-related institutions, crisis intervention agencies, state and local governments, and community organizations.

For more information, contact the director of the concentration.

Requirements for Neuroscience Concentration

The following are required for the neuroscience concentration:

  • Core: Neuroscience 241, 242, Chemistry 121.
  • Four units, drawn from an approved list of courses, selected from at least two different departments.

The approved courses include:

300 Genetics
301 Cell Biology
314 Comparative Anatomy
324 Developmental Biology
341 General Physiology
362 Molecular Biology
366 Endocrinology
368 Behavioral Ecology

306 Neuroscience and Ethics
315 Knowledge, Truth and Reason
318 Philosophy of Mind

243/343 Psychology of Perception
245/345 Psychology of Learning
348 Physiological Psychology
378/278 Research in Cognitive Psychology
390 Neuropsychopharmacology

  • A major research project or internship.

For more information, contact one of the faculty members who direct the concentration.

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