President Gerald R. Ford created what is now the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service at Albion College in 1977. The Institute provides an opportunity for undergraduate-level students to explore policy issues more fully and to prepare future leaders in all fields through course work, service, internships and personal mentoring.
The Ford Institute concentration is open to students of all majors with a serious interest in public service. The program includes courses in ethics, public policy, and political science, as well as a range of choices from courses in economics and management, English, modern languages, and communication. Students must be admitted to the Ford Institute to pursue this concentration. Visit the Ford Institute website for information on the application process.
The major in public policy provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how government works and why government decisions matter. It draws on the principles, practices, and research methods of the social sciences and philosophy to provide students with the theoretical and analytic skills relevant to today's most pressing global issues. The major prepares students for careers in government, for private-sector careers related to government policy, or for careers with a range of non-profits and international organizations. It also provides strong preparation for students planning on attending law school or earning a master's degree and/or Ph.D. in public policy, public administration, public health or social policy.