Career Development

The mission of the Office of Career Development is to help students translate their liberal arts education into lifelong career skills that can prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow. The office is guided by a developmental philosophy that regards career development as a lifelong process. The office's goals are to help students acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to develop a career identity and to secure rewarding and fulfilling work or graduate school placement after graduation. The Career Development staff provides comprehensive services designed to assist students in exploring and attaining their professional career goals including: self-assessment instruments, individual and group career counseling, career development programming, jobs and internship resources and on-campus recruiting.

Programming aims to educate students about the career development process. Topics include: choosing a major, developing a four-year career plan, exploring career options, securing internships, gaining entry into advanced study programs, preparing for the job search and obtaining full-time employment upon graduation.



Ethnic Studies Major Electives

The following courses may be used to fulfill the elective component in the ethnic studies major.

Anthropology and Sociology
345 Race and Ethnicity
Art History
312 Race and Its Representation in American Art
Economics and Management
322 Issues in Modern Political Economy
354 Labor Economics
211 Latina/o Literature
329 Poetry by Women of Color
360 The Problem of Race in American Literature
Ethnic Studies
260 Caribbean Identity and Migration
330 French Louisiana
243 African American History, 1865 to the Present
270 Going North: Latin American Immigration and U.S. History
289 African Identities
390 History of Women in the United States, 1877-Present
385 British India
398 The 1960s
Modern Languages and Cultures
107 "Our Americas": Crossing Borders, Histories, and Cultures
362 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the U.S.
Communication Studies
313 Intercultural Communication
372 Postmodernism and Theatre

The Albion Advantage

The Albion Advantage is an enhanced four-year model of education for all Albion students. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, the Advantage helps students to realize their professional goals through thoughtful integration of academic and experience-based learning opportunities. The goal of the program is to support students in developing their talents as distinctive young professionals who will be competitive in the dynamic global marketplace.

The key components of the Albion Advantage are:

Institutes—In concert with academic departments and other programs, the Institutes offer preprofessional education with an interdisciplinary, future-oriented focus.

Career Readiness Model—The four-year career readiness model is intended to assist all students in fully integrating academic and career planning. With guidance from their faculty adviser, the Career Development Office, and other mentors, students map out their path to graduation, including curricular requirements, experiential learning, assessment of personal strengths and values, and career exploration. This comprehensive four-year plan is recorded in electronic form so that it may be easily shared with employers and/or graduate and professional schools.

Albion Advantage Pledge—The Albion Advantage Pledge is a mutual agreement between the College and participating students to help them achieve their professional goals. Beginning with the Class of 2014, students who fulfill their academic plans and achieve a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, participate in experiential learning, and engage in approved career development activities will be eligible for the Pledge. If after graduation these students are unable to make progress toward their career or graduate school objectives, the College will assist them in finding alternative options.

Alumni-Student Engagement—Alumni work with students in a mentoring capacity, as well as providing career exploration opportunities (internships, job shadowing, career development workshops,etc.). This interaction will enable students to realize the significance of their academic and experiential learning.

Themes for Exploration -- Programming and reflection on the themes of sustainability (2011-12), health/wellness (2011-12), and global diversity (2012-13) encourage the campus community to come together for a creative sharing of ideas and provocative discussions on topics of common interest.

Interdisciplinary Major in Integrated Science with Elementary Certification

Requirements for Major

  • Nine units including: Biology 195, 210; Chemistry 121, 123; Geology 103, 115; Physics 105, 115, 116.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Minor

  • Please note that the courses for the major can be counted toward the minor in the respective field.

Biology—Biology 195, 210 (from major), 215 or 216; 225, 227, or 314; one additional unit in biology (200-level or above) selected with departmental approval; Chemistry 121 (from major).

Chemistry—Chemistry 121, 123 (from major); 206, 211, 301 (with prerequisite of Mathematics 141 or equivalent) or 337.

Geology—Geology 103, 115 (from major); 101, two units (200-level or above) selected with departmental approval.

Physics—Physics 105, 115, 116 (from major); 102 or 245; 205; Geology 101.

Requirements for Elementary Certification

Students seeking elementary certification with a major in integrated science are required to consult with the Education Department and meet admission requirements to the Education Program. Certification in elementary education requires 14 units of additional course work and necessitates a ninth semester for student teaching. Students completing an integrated science major fulfill the certification requirement for a science course with a laboratory as part of the requirements for the major.

  • Complete a planned program including:
    English 203, 348
    Mathematics 104
    Psychology 251
    Education 201, 202, 259, 371, 372; two units (one of which must be in your minor) from 374, 375, 376, 377; 396, 421, 431

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